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Once a Dancer--

Author : Allegra Kent
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 50,5 Mb
Release : 2009
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 081303440X

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Balanchine ballerina Allegra Kent tells her singular story with the same originality, freshness, and grace she has brought to the stage. The book should be required reading for dancers everywhere for years to come. of photos.

I Was a Dancer

Author : Jacques D'Amboise
Publisher : Knopf
Page : 465 pages
File Size : 41,9 Mb
Release : 2011-03-01
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780307595232

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“Who am I? I’m a man; an American, a father, a teacher, but most of all, I am a person who knows how the arts can change lives, because they transformed mine. I was a dancer.” In this rich, expansive, spirited memoir, Jacques d’Amboise, one of America’s most celebrated classical dancers, and former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet for more than three decades, tells the extraordinary story of his life in dance, and of America’s most renowned and admired dance companies. He writes of his classical studies beginning at the age of eight at The School of American Ballet. At twelve he was asked to perform with Ballet Society; three years later he joined the New York City Ballet and made his European debut at London’s Covent Garden. As George Balanchine’s protégé, d’Amboise had more works choreographed on him by “the supreme Ballet Master” than any other dancer, among them Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux; Episodes; A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream; Jewels; Raymonda Variations. He writes of his boyhood—born Joseph Ahearn—in Dedham, Massachusetts; his mother (“the Boss”) moving the family to New York City’s Washington Heights; dragging her son and daughter to ballet class (paying the teacher $7.50 from hats she made and sold on street corners, and with chickens she cooked stuffed with chestnuts); his mother changing the family name from Ahearn to her maiden name, d’Amboise (“It’s aristocratic. It has the ‘d’ apostrophe. It sounds better for the ballet, and it’s a better name”). We see him. a neighborhood tough, in Catholic schools being taught by the nuns; on the streets, fighting with neighborhood gangs, and taking ten classes a week at the School of American Ballet . . . being taught professional class by Balanchine and by other teachers of great legend: Anatole Oboukhoff, premier danseur of the Maryinsky; and Pierre Vladimiroff, Pavlova’s partner. D’Amboise writes about Balanchine’s succession of ballerina muses who inspired him to near-obsessive passion and led him to create extraordinary ballets, dancers with whom d’Amboise partnered—Maria Tallchief; Tanaquil LeClercq, a stick-skinny teenager who blossomed into an exquisite, witty, sophisticated “angel” with her “long limbs and dramatic, mysterious elegance . . .”; the iridescent Allegra Kent; Melissa Hayden; Suzanne Farrell, who Balanchine called his “alabaster princess,” her every fiber, every movement imbued with passion and energy; Kay Mazzo; Kyra Nichols (“She’s perfect,” Balanchine said. “Uncomplicated—like fresh water”); and Karin von Aroldingen, to whom Balanchine left most of his ballets. D’Amboise writes about dancing with and courting one of the company’s members, who became his wife for fifty-three years, and the four children they had . . . On going to Hollywood to make Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and being offered a long-term contract at MGM (“If you’re not careful,” Balanchine warned, “you will have sold your soul for seven years”) . . . On Jerome Robbins (“Jerry could be charming and complimentary, and then, five minutes later, attack, and crush your spirit—all to see how it would influence the dance movements”). D’Amboise writes of the moment when he realizes his dancing career is over and he begins a new life and new dream teaching children all over the world about the arts through the magic of dance. A riveting, magical book, as transformative as dancing itself.

Dancing Shapes

Author : Once Upon a Dance
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 52 pages
File Size : 43,5 Mb
Release : 2020-12
Category : Electronic
ISBN : 1735984418

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11x8.5 Hardcover Dancing Shapes provides an inside gorgeous glimpse into ballerina Konora's journey. Konora, whose career has been sidelined by Covid-19, leads readers through warm-up steps, a basic ballet technique lesson, and an exploration of movement and form. Spectacular photos and a conversational style will leave your dance fan adoring the ballet heroine.While designed for children ages 6-8 to explore the details of the shapes Konora creates, preschoolers and kindergarteners will enjoy trying the poses and seeing Konora in action. While older children may be less motivated to replicate the poses, they will observe and consider various dance elements. With more than fifty poses to contemplate or re-create, aspiring young dancers learn basic ballet technique and vocabulary; develop an eye for detail; explore movement concepts; increase body awareness; strengthen spatial perception and balance; celebrate gratitude, the value of practice and making healthy choices.Ballet photography in nature, creative fantasy, and an array of movements and positions enhances this series' debut to inspire young dancers and ballet fans alike.At least three books in one, mini-sections include About Me, Konora; Warming Up; Ballet Positions; Thinking about Details; Saying Thanks; Fancy French, Positions and Concepts Review. What Moms and Dads Said:Gorgeous! Inspirational! Dancing girls alllllll over my backyard!!! ...while looking at the cover with all those poses said, "I can do that one. I can't do that one. I can do that one. I can't do that one." Then she started trying them. The pictures alone inspired her. As soon as we read something like, "Can you try..." she would hop right up and try it. She lost a little steam reading through it all in one sitting, but coming back to it at different times and trying smaller sections was just right.She thinks the book is just right for her age [9], not too young or old feeling.

Turning Pointe

Author : Chloe Angyal
Publisher : Bold Type Books
Page : 298 pages
File Size : 55,9 Mb
Release : 2021-05-04
Category : Performing Arts
ISBN : 9781645036722

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A reckoning with one of our most beloved art forms, whose past and present are shaped by gender, racial, and class inequities—and a look inside the fight for its future Every day, in dance studios all across America, legions of little children line up at the barre to take ballet class. This time in the studio shapes their lives, instilling lessons about gender, power, bodies, and their place in the world both in and outside of dance. In Turning Pointe, journalist Chloe Angyal captures the intense love for ballet that so many dancers feel, while also grappling with its devastating shortcomings: the power imbalance of an art form performed mostly by women, but dominated by men; the impossible standards of beauty and thinness; and the racism that keeps so many people of color out of ballet. As the rigid traditions of ballet grow increasingly out of step with the modern world, a new generation of dancers is confronting these issues head on, in the studio and on stage. For ballet to survive the twenty-first century and forge a path into a more socially just future, this reckoning is essential.

The Dancer

Author : Evelyn Juers
Publisher : Giramondo Publishing
Page : 565 pages
File Size : 55,5 Mb
Release : 2021-10-01
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9781925818888

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The Dancer by Evelyn Juers Pdf

The new book by prize-winning biographer Evelyn Juers, author of The House of Exile and The Recluse, portrays the life and background of a pioneering Australian dancer who died at the age of twenty-five in a remote town in India. A uniquely talented dancer and choreographer, Philippa Cullen grew up in Australia in the 1950s and 60s. In the 1970s, driven by the idea of dancing her own music, she was at the forefront of the new electronic music movement, working internationally with performers, avant-garde composers, engineers and mathematicians to build and experiment with theremins and movement-sensitive floors, which she called body-instruments. She had a unique sense of purpose, read widely, travelled the world, and danced at opera houses, art galleries and festivals, on streets and bridges, trains, clifftops, rooftops. She wrote, I would define dance as an outer manifestation of inner energy in an articulation more lucid than language. An embodiment of the artistic aspirations of her age, she died alone in a remote hill town in southern India in 1975. With detailed reference to Cullen’s personal papers and the recollections of those who knew her, and with her characteristic flair for drawing connections to bring in larger perspectives, Evelyn Juers’ The Dancer is at once an intimate and wide-ranging biography, a portrait of the artist as a young woman.

One Man Dancing

Author : Patricia Keeney
Publisher : Inanna Poetry and Fiction Series
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 44,5 Mb
Release : 2016
Category : Actors
ISBN : 1771332735

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Fiction. African & African American Studies. Women's Studies. ONE MAN DANCING is based on the true story of a young Ugandan actor-dancer growing into artistic maturity during the murderous regime of dictator Idi Amin. It follows Charles from his youth in Uganda's colonial villages, and through his work with artistic guru Robert Serumaga, which takes him on an eye-opening whirlwind international tour. Bounced from Africa to Europe to Canada and back again, Charles experiences bizarre and dangerous encounters with assassination, natural disaster, Idi Amin, and even the CIA. Based on the extraordinary life of a Ugandan actor, ONE MAN DANCING is a political mystery, a story of risk and freedom, a harrowing tale of theatre and personal belief.

A Very Young Dancer

Author : Jill Krementz
Publisher : Yearling Books
Page : 112 pages
File Size : 50,8 Mb
Release : 1986-08-01
Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN : 0440492122

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Photographs of a ten-year-old student in George Balanchine's School of American Ballet, supplemented by her descriptions of her feelings and experiences, provide insight to the excitement and hard work involved in auditioning and rehearsing for and playin

Leanne Benjamin

Author : Leanne Benjamin
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 400 pages
File Size : 54,6 Mb
Release : 2021-09-28
Category : Electronic
ISBN : 1925556573

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This autobiography by Leanne Benjamin with Sarah Crompton reveals the extraordinary life and career of one of the worlds most important ballet dancers of the past fifty years. The book takes you behind the scenes to find a real understanding of the pleasure and the pain, the demands and the intense commitment it requires to become a ballet dancer. It is a book for ballet-lovers which will explain from Benjamins personal point of view, how ballet has changed and is changing. It is a book of history: she was first taught by the people who created ballet in its modern form and now she works with the dancers of today, handing on all she has known and learnt. But it is also a book for people who are just interested in the psychology of achievement, how you go from being a child in small-town Rockhampton in the centre of Australia to being a power on the worlds biggest stages -- and how an individual copes with the ups and downs of that kind of career. It is a story full of big names and big personalities -- Margot Fonteyn, Kenneth MacMillan, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Darcey Bussell, Carlos Acosta to name a few. President Clinton, Michelle Obama, Diana Princess of Wales and David Beckham all make an appearance. But it is also a book of small moments of insight: what makes a performance special, how you recover from injury, illness and childbirth; how you combine athletic and artistic prowess with motherhood, how a different partner can alter everything, what it is like to fall over in front of thousands of people and what it is like to triumph. Above all, it seeks to explain, in warm and human terms, why women get the reputation for being difficult in a world where being a good girl is too much prized. And what they can do about it.

Body of a Dancer

Author : Renee D'Aoust
Publisher : Etruscan Press
Page : 191 pages
File Size : 49,8 Mb
Release : 2011-11-18
Category : Performing Arts
ISBN : 9780983934615

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Using the stage and the bedroom, Renée E. D'Aoust interweaves dance history with the stories of contemporary dancers' muscle and

Tiny Dancer

Author : Siena Cherson Siegel
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Page : 3 pages
File Size : 40,8 Mb
Release : 2021-11-02
Category : Juvenile Fiction
ISBN : 9781481486675

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Tiny Dancer by Siena Cherson Siegel Pdf

"Siena Cherson Siegel dreamed of being a ballerina. Her love of movement and dedication to the craft earned her a spot at the School of American Ballet.. Siena has worked hard her whole life to be a professional ballet dancer, then makes the difficult decision to quit dancing and tries to figure out what comes next. But what do you do when you have spent your entire life working toward a goal, having that shape your identity, and then decide it's time to move on? How do you figure out what to do with your life? And how do you figure out who you are?"--

Being a Ballerina

Author : Gavin Larsen
Publisher : University Press of Florida
Page : 268 pages
File Size : 54,7 Mb
Release : 2021-04-27
Category : Performing Arts
ISBN : 9780813065953

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Finalist, the Arts Club of Washington Marfield Prize A look inside a dancer’s world Inspiring, revealing, and deeply relatable, Being a Ballerina is a firsthand look at the realities of life as a professional ballet dancer. Through episodes from her own career, Gavin Larsen describes the forces that drive a person to study dance; the daily balance that dancers navigate between hardship and joy; and the dancer’s continual quest to discover who they are as a person and as an artist. Starting with her arrival as a young beginner at a class too advanced for her, Larsen tells how the embarrassing mistake ended up helping her learn quickly and advance rapidly. In other stories of her early teachers, training, and auditions, she explains how she gradually came to understand and achieve what she and her body were capable of. Larsen then re-creates scenes from her experiences in dance companies, from unglamorous roles to exhilarating performances. Working as a ballerina was shocking and scary at first, she says, recalling unexpected injuries, leaps of faith, and her constant struggle to operate at the level she wanted—but full of enormously rewarding moments. Larsen also reflects candidly on her difficult decision to retire at age 35. An ideal read for aspiring dancers, Larsen’s memoir will also delight experienced dance professionals and fascinate anyone who wonders what it takes to live a life dedicated to the perfection of the art form.

Dancer from the Dance

Author : Andrew Holleran
Publisher : HarperCollins
Page : 254 pages
File Size : 50,5 Mb
Release : 2023-12-05
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9780063299498

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“An astonishingly beautiful book. The best gay novel written by anyone of our generation.”—Harper’s “Through the sweat and haze of longing come piercing insights – about the closeness of gay male friendship, about the vanity and imperfections of men. The more one reads the novel, we realise that what Holleran has given us is our very own queer (queerer?) Great Gatsby: its decadence, its fear, its violence, its ecstasy, its transience.”—The Guardian Andrew Holleran’s landmark novel of a young man's search for love and companionship in New York’s emerging gay world in the 1970s, with a new introduction by Garth Greenwell. Young, astonishingly beautiful, and tired of living a lie, Anthony Malone trades life as a seemingly straight small-town lawyer for the decadence of New York’s emerging gay scene—an odyssey that takes him from Manhattan’s Everard baths and after hour discos, to lavish orgies on Fire Island and parks after dark. Rescuing Malone from a possessive lover and shepherding him through his immersion in this life of fierce joys and cheap truths is the flamboyant Sutherland, a high-camp quintessential queen. But for Malone, the endless city nights and Fire Island days are close to burning out, and despite Sutherland’s abundant attentiveness and glittering world-weary wisdom, Malone soon realizes what he is truly looking for may not be found in these beautiful places, where life is crowded, and people are forever outrunning their own desires and death.

A Dancer's Tale: The Story of Phyllis Spira

Author : Thea Nicole de Klerk,Samantha Cutler,Roberto Pita
Publisher : Bookdash
Page : 128 pages
File Size : 45,9 Mb
Release : 2024-07-18
Category : Electronic
ISBN : PKEY:62d119e1-9fff-4caf-8e8e-db0620bde7c7

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A Dancer's Tale: The Story of Phyllis Spira by Thea Nicole de Klerk,Samantha Cutler,Roberto Pita Pdf

Phyllis Spira was dancing by the age of four. That was just the beginning of her journey towards becoming one of South Africa’s Prima Ballerinas.


Author : Shelley Peterson
Publisher : The Porcupine's Quill
Page : 212 pages
File Size : 42,9 Mb
Release : 1996-11
Category : Juvenile Fiction
ISBN : 0889841772

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Dancer by Shelley Peterson Pdf

Hilary James (`Mousie') is sixteen when she wins The Fuller Trophy jumping with her horse Dancer at the Royal Winter Fair. Her triumph is rewarded with an invitation to perform in England for Queen Elizabeth, but she has also attracted the unwanted attention of the evil Samuel Owens who plots to acquire Dancer for his niece, Sara. Thwarted in his initial attempt to purchase the horse, Owens has his hired man, Chad Smith, try to steal it. Mousie has a dream in which a beautiful blond horsewoman warns her of impending danger. She wakes to discover Chad Smith, syringe in hand, in Dancer's stall. Chad Smith is killed in the ensuing scuffle and his employer comes under suspicion. Dancer is flown to Highgrove, the country home of Prince Charles, and Mousie arrives with her mother Christine at `Clusters' -- an English manor, once the home of Arabella, the second wife of the Duke of Dewbury, now both long dead. Mousie finds an antique lady's hunting whip which she feels certain must have belonged to Arabella, and later discovers a portrait of her riding side-saddle. It is the same woman who appeared in Mousie's dreams.

A Time to Dance

Author : Padma Venkatraman
Publisher : Penguin
Page : 320 pages
File Size : 51,7 Mb
Release : 2014-05-01
Category : Young Adult Fiction
ISBN : 9780698158269

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Padma Venkatraman’s inspiring story of a young girl’s struggle to regain her passion and find a new peace is told lyrically through verse that captures the beauty and mystery of India and the ancient bharatanatyam dance form. This is a stunning novel about spiritual awakening, the power of art, and above all, the courage and resilience of the human spirit. Veda, a classical dance prodigy in India, lives and breathes dance—so when an accident leaves her a below-knee amputee, her dreams are shattered. For a girl who’s grown used to receiving applause for her dance prowess and flexibility, adjusting to a prosthetic leg is painful and humbling. But Veda refuses to let her disability rob her of her dreams, and she starts all over again, taking beginner classes with the youngest dancers. Then Veda meets Govinda, a young man who approaches dance as a spiritual pursuit. As their relationship deepens, Veda reconnects with the world around her, and begins to discover who she is and what dance truly means to her.