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Survival in the Dance World Paperback – 11 Jan 2006

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing (11 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412070708
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412070706
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 27.4 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,279,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was a student of Joy Camden at Bush Davies' Schools (United Kingdom), 1982-84. She was a wonderful teacher. I was eager to buy her memoires because of my keen recollection of her coaching groups of us in the 'correct' Polish style of Mazurka & Polonaise for the Imperial National exams., in addition to her thorough 'ironing-out' of our technique when it came to the advanced examination of the Royal Academy.
The book is full of rambling recollection and yet also real nuggets, I think had she enjoyed the services of a considerate editor, it could have been a better read. Nevertheless, her memories of touring ballet during WWII, particularly with the Three Arts Ballet (a forgotten company), are fascinating. A lovely first-hand account of an 'also-ran' (dancers are so quickly forgotten) member of the company that backed the film 'Red Shoes' has some charming detail.
I am glad to have the book on my shelf; anyone with an interest in the lives of ballet hoofers during the war years and the period afterwards would get something from the read. Ultimately, for me, this is a concrete memory of a great teacher; great lessons taught are in essence ephemeral, as are teachers passed. Now I can enjoy Joy in print.
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It came - as I expected, when I expected - and was all that I hoped for. That 's quite enough.
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HASH(0xa2d6a1e0) out of 5 stars At the birth of British Ballet 24 Nov. 2009
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Joy Camden became a dancer at the very birth of British ballet as we know it today. Born in 1923, Joy Camden was a child prodigy and was fortunate in training with the excellent teachers, emigres from Russia and Poland, in London and in Paris. At the outbreak of war, she only just made it back to England where she made the mistake of not accepting Ninette de Valois' offer to join the then fledgling Sadler's Wells Ballet but began several years of job hopping, including touring throughout Britain for ENSA, dodging bombs and air raids and performing for the troops in India and Burma under extraordinarily difficult conditions. The first half of this book is engrossing, the episodes being described at an almost breathless pace, bringing to life the hardships and rewards of working in these difficult times.The second part, which includes her failed marriage, and her subsequent career as a teacher and choreographer is less interesting and becomes a list of cities she visited, productions she choreographed and even the names of student dancers she worked with. The publication is a modest one, and spelling and grammatical mistakes, even typos abound. However, for anyone interested in British Ballet it is well worth reading.
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