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First Position: A Century of Ballet Artists (Hardback)
  • First Position: A Century of Ballet Artists (Hardback)

First Position: A Century of Ballet Artists (Hardback)

Hardback 264 Pages / Published: 30/08/2007
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The dancers profiled in First Position represent the pinnacle of their art over the last century. Author Toba Singer polled scores of dance critics, dance teachers and professors, and active and retired professional dancers to create a list that represents the best of the various styles of ballet from the last hundred years. The result is a collective biography that introduces the reader to dancers both with household names and those known mostly to ballet aficioinados. Profiled dancers include Carlos Acosta, Alicia Alonso, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Erik Bruhn, Lazaro Carreno, Margot Fonteyn, Carla Fracci, Gelsey Kirkland, Li Cunxin, Muriel Maffre, Natalia Makarova, Arthur Mitchell, Rudolf Nureyev, Anna Pavlova, and Maya Plisetskaya.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780275983918
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 553 g
Dimensions: 236 x 165 x 26 mm

"This volume features profiles of 15 dancers from around the world....Each profile blends biography and a discussion of the dancer's style and artistic background, associations with choreographers, composers, directors, and partners, and relationship with the audience. Information was drawn from published and unpublished interviews (some with the author) and source material from dance archives in the US and Europe. Dancers were chosen from Singer's poll of choreographers, teachers, administrators, students, dancers, historians, and writers." - Reference & Research Book News
"In her sketches, Singer discusses each dancer's artistic background, unique style, work with choreographers, among them the great George Balanchine, and her or his critical evaluation. With an excellent context-establishing foreword by Bruce Marks, and ancillary materials, this volume about dance as an ever-changing art is an excellent and enjoyable reference for both novices and fans." - Booklist

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