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To Dance: The Autobiography of Valery Panov

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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published (first published 1978)
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May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ballet-books
Autobiography of Soviet-born Kirov Principal dancer Valery Panov who came to international notice in the early 1970s when he applied for exit visas for himself and his second wife Galina to emigrate to Israel. Reading between the lines one feels sure that given half the chance he would have defected but it emerges later that his first wife had warned the authorities that if he was allowed to travel with the company he would definitely defect which makes sense of the Kirov’s repeated excuses abou ...more
Mar 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books on dance and what it means/takes/is to be a dancer. Plus, enlightening aspects of life in Communist Russia.
May 22, 2010 rated it liked it
So, the main reason I own this book is that it talks a lot about the woman that I named my daughter after, Galina Panov. What an amazing journey they traveled together!
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