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Dancing Spirit

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Judith Jamison is, in every sense, a towering figure. Her commanding physical presence and extraordinary technique have made her not only a superstar of American dance and an innovator in her field but also an inspiration to African Americans, to women, and to people of all origins around the world. Last November, Doubleday published Dancing Spirit, this remarkable woman's ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 1st 1994 by Anchor (first published November 1st 1993)
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This is not the book of a seasoned writer. It lacks, in places, polish and finesse, and had I not been so interested in the author, I'm not sure how far I would have gotten.

And yet - the book doesn't need polish or finesse. Jamison's talent doesn't lie in writing, but in dance, and her knowledge of dance spills over into the pages in what is often beautiful prose. Although the prose is often raw, it brings the author's world to life.
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Interesting, candid look into a dancer's life with some good life lessons woven in. Includes lots of history on the Alvin Ailey dance company as well. The telling is non-linear. The book is filled with great photographs.
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“If you look at a dancer in silence, his or her body will be the music. If you turn the music on, that body will become an extension of what you're hearing.” 51 likes
“You don't enter a dance studio and say "I can't do that." If you do, then why are you in the studio in the first place?” 41 likes
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