I Was A Dancer

I Was A Dancer

Book - 2011
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In this 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 story of his life in dance, and of America's most renowned and admired dance companies. He writes of his mother dragging her son and daughter to ballet class. We see him, a neighborhood tough, on the streets, fighting with neighborhood gangs, and taking ten classes a week at the School of American Ballet; being taught by Balanchine and other great teachers. We meet Balanchine's succession of ballerina muses who inspired him to near-obsessive passion, dancers with whom d'Amboise partnered; of going to Hollywood and being offered a long-term contract at MGM; and of the moment when he realizes his dancing career is over and he begins a new life teaching children all over the world about the arts through the magic of dance.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, ©2011
ISBN: 9781400042340
1400042348
Branch Call Number: B D'AMBO,J
Characteristics: xv, 439 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm

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Dec 02, 2012

Very readable. If you like theatre or dance, you'll enjoy this very personable account of a major American ballet dancer's career. As a bonus, you'll be treated to a history of the growth of American ballet from George Balanchine's work in Russia to the sixties. Since D'Amboise was Balanchine's protege, the account is personal. Highly recommended.

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