Reading Dance: A Gathering of Memoirs, Reportage, Criticism, Profiles, Interviews, and Some Uncategorizable Extras Hardcover – 4 Nov 2008
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About the Author
Robert Gottlieb has been editor in chief of Simon & Schuster, Alfred A. Knopf, and "The New Yorker." He has edited books by such dance luminaries as Margot Fonteyn, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Natalia Makarova, and Lincoln Kirstein. He served for many years on the board of directors of New York City Ballet, working closely with Kirstein and Balanchine, and is the author of "George Balanchine: The Ballet Maker." He has been for a decade the dance critic of the "New York Observer," and writes frequently for "The New York Review of Books "and "The New Yorker. "His previously anthology, "Reading Jazz," ""was acclaimed as a unique contribution to the jazz literature, and his "Reading Lyrics "(edited with Robert Kimball) has become a treasured resource for lovers of American popular song.
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The quality of the collection continues to delight me. Whenever I can squeeze 20 min at the end of a busy day, I would randomly flip to a page and immediately find something fascinating. It has introduces me to many more great dancers, whose personalities come jumping out of the pages through their interviews. Their perspectives on dancing have given me much food for thought and expanded my horizon many times over. Not all personalities come across as flattering, especially when they are presented so close to each other in the same volume. That in itself is interesting in association with their dancing styles.
This book has given me so much enjoyment that I can't remember the last book that made me feel this way.
When "Reading Dance" arrived I was shocked to find what looked like an exhaustive text on dance virtually devoid of any photos.
My instruction to my daughter was simple. "Look her over and see if this book picques your interest - otherwise..."
When she had time, I would see her looking at the book seemingly captivated so I took a peek and found that I too was enjoying articles from people that everyone in dance would know but that I'd never heard of.
Alghough I think this book is a special find for a dancer, it also offers insights for those of us who know virtually nothing about dance.
Wonderfully worth it!
I guess a print error, 30 pages total.
An excellent dance history source. I remember in one of my ballet classes the teacher asked us all to name a favorite dancer/role model that stimulates us as professional dancers. It was interesting that of all the dance majors none of the students knew of any dancers on the spot. Alessandra Ferri is my favorite and inspires me with a dance career well into her mid 40's and her role in Prokofievs Romeo and Julliet is awesome. However, this book should be on the curriculum of any dance school to enhance the students knowledge and interest in those that raised the barre for us all.