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I Was a Dancer by Jacques D'Amboise
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Mar 05, 2011

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bookshelves: adult-biography

I loved this, but I finished it with a sense of disquiet because I found a mean streak in it.

Mikhail Baryshnikov, who IMHO is one of the greatest dancers ever is mentioned ONCE. ONCE. And that is in passing, when D'Amboise is talking about how no male dancer--and he lists a bunch including "Misha" could ever had been as good as Balanchine.

One reference. Not even a footnote explaining who Baryshinkov is/was then, though D'Amboise gives lengthy footnotes about dozens of obscure characters the reader really cares nothing about. He gives more information about his kids' nanny and HER life than he does about a dancer who spent 18 months at NYCB, whose defection rocked the ballet world and whose tenure at NYCB was somewhat controversial.Someone who is one of the most recognizable dancers in the world.

This may seem minor. But it demonstrated a petty meanness that hung over the rest of the book for me, entertaining and interesting as it was.

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