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Dance to the Piper

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Agnes De Mille’s Dance to the Piper is the story of a young woman who always wanted to dance.
Her theatrical family hoped to discourage her of any ambitions toward a career in theater, so they refused her impassioned pleas to have dancing lessons.
They relented when De Mille reached the age of eleven, and even though she was too old to be trained in classical ballet, she b
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published 1952 by Little, Brown and Co
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Ag's first stroke in late '70s left her face a twisted pretzel. Her besties said, "It reflects her soul." Aw.~ Are ya sure her face wasnt a cross-ant, I later asked hopefully, as sis pronounces >croissant<.

By end of '40s her breve Bwydom was over. It started w "Oklahoma!" (1943), continued w "Carousel" ('45), but the big R&H flop "Allegro" ('47), which she directed & choreographed, squashed her primacy. Sondheim, a kid on the side : "She was an extremely insensitive woman." ~ Aw ~
Oct 03, 2011 Lori rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: dancers, musical theatre buffs, hollywood historians
Shelves: 2011, non-fiction
An old out-of-print copy of this was given to me by a voracious reader friend who worked with me when I was working in musical theatre as a choreographer. I have picked it up and put it down multiple times over the past 3 years or so but finally finished and I’m glad I stuck with it.

Agnes deMille was a world-famous choreographer, niece of film-legend Cecil B. de Mille. She is probably best known today for her ground-breaking work in Oklahoma! I found her story fascinating. I always assumed she w
Apr 29, 2009 Kerry rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: dancers, dancer-wannabes, hollywood history hounds, Single tax economists
What an interesting life. Agnes DeMille - as a choreographer is enough, but her family, early Hollywood - this is rich with context
Haven't read this since I was 9. Really liked it then.
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