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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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Mar 25, 2013 Sketchbook rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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 liked it
Recommends it for: dancers, musical theatre buffs, hollywood historians
Shelves: non-fiction, 2011
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
Dec 31, 2015 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strangely, I think I read this before, or tried to, because the early sections of the book were crazily familiar. When I was a child, I read any and all dance biographies or memoirs I could lay my hands on, which were pitifully few given my local public library. I read Alicia Markova's constantly, understood most of Margot Fonteyn's, was frightened by Gelsey Kirkland's, but I didn't understand Agnes de Mille's. 1) she wasn't a ballet dancer so immediately of less interest and b) she didn't take ...more
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Dec 10, 2015 Sergiu Pobereznic rated it it was amazing
Agnes de Mille writes extremely honestly about herself in this memoir, often self-deprecatingly. Her tremendous skill as a writer is evident from the start.
She comes from a family of intellectuals: Father was William C. de Mille (playwright, writer and director) and uncle Cecil B. de Mille (renowned producer-director). Her father and uncle built the name that is synonymous with movie making and production... Hollywood. The filming lots in those days were little more than scrub land with snakes
Apr 29, 2009 Kerry rated it liked it
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
Oct 11, 2010 Emmie rated it liked it
Haven't read this since I was 9. Really liked it then.
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