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In Balanchine's Company: A Dancer's Memoir

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During her twelve years with Ballet Society and the New York City Ballet, Barbara Milberg worked under the direction of George Balanchine. She rose from corps de ballet to soloist, danced leading roles in Swan Lake and Illuminations, and performed in celebrated world premieres. In this observant and poignant memoir, she shares her recollections of Balanchine, his craft and ...more
Hardcover, 211 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Wesleyan University Press
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Renée
Sep 21, 2008 Renée rated it really liked it
This book is another in the "must read" category for lovers of ballet and dance. Fisher's account of her career, and the early days of Balanchine's company, are not only an important cultural text interms of the history of 20th century ballet in America, but as interesting and complex as the choreographer himself. Fisher's style, while sometimes uneven, has moments of rich detail and lyric storytelling. One such moment in the book is when she recounts the mold-y smelling, stale cosutmes pulled o ...more
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Aug 01, 2011 Cherylann rated it it was ok
There are two types of memoir writers that I cannot stand: People who are completely uninteresting (what gives you the right to write a memoir) and those who are interesting but CAN’T WRITE! This book was the latter.
I did ballet all through high school, but stopped in college. I really started missing in around my second semester, so I bought a couple of ballet books to fill my void. It is REALLY hard to find a respectable ballet book. I had hope for this one, but it also failed to measure up
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I liked the content and I found her stories entertaining (I laughed aloud multiple times), but the style of prose was not for me. The fragments, interruptions, and tense changes distracted me from the story.
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Some really interesting and fun recollections in here
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