Rebel on Pointe: A Memoir of Ballet and Broadway (Hardback)
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Rebel on Pointe: A Memoir of Ballet and Broadway (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 30/09/2014
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Short, plump, pigeon-toed, and never good enough for mom, Lee Wilson dared to dream she could grow up to be a star. In this uplifting memoir, Wilson describes how she grand jeted from the stifling suburbia of the 1950s, a world of rigid gender roles, to the only domain where women and men were equally paid and equally respected-in grand, historic dance theaters and under the bright lights of the Broadway stage.

At the age of sixteen, Wilson made her classical ballet debut in Monte Carlo. Eight months later, she thrilled to the sound of her first bravos-and she never looked back. After touring Europe and dancing with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in New York, she set her sights on Broadway, where she danced in many Broadway shows, including Hello Dolly! and the record-breaking performance of A Chorus Line.

Rebel on Pointe immerses the reader in a remarkable and visionary world. It lifts the veil of myth surrounding legendary dance icons like George Balanchine to reveal the real men and women who have made American dance and dancers an international phenomenon.

Wilson expertly depicts how her profession-at times considered so rigid and exacting- was a leading force in the liberation of women from the prison of post-war society. The hard-won gains and the maddening setbacks of the gender revolution are seen here through the eyes of a young dancer searching for freedom one "pas" at a time.

Publisher: University Press of Florida
ISBN: 9780813060088
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Her story of taking classes alongside Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev, being mentored by Native American ballet star Rosella Hightower and later dancing on Broadway, is captivating....Her tales of life as a young ballerina in Europe make one want to read similar musings on the rest of her career. Let's hope there's a sequel in the works."--Lisa Jo Sagolla, "Mediander Blog"

Her story of taking classes alongside Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev, being mentored by Native American ballet star Rosella Hightower and later dancing on Broadway, is captivating .Her tales of life as a young ballerina in Europe make one want to read similar musings on the rest of her career. Let s hope there s a sequel in the works. Lisa Jo Sagolla, "Mediander Blog"
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Will make you laugh and cry. "Rebel on Pointe" is a book that everybody should read if they re interested in ballet or the entertainment industry. Movieguide
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Delightful Lee s book takes us into a world of beauty, hard work, and determination. "Broadway World"
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Her story of taking classes alongside Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev, being mentored by Native American ballet star Rosella Hightower and later dancing on Broadway, is captivating .Her tales of life as a young ballerina in Europe make one want to read similar musings on the rest of her career. Let s hope there s a sequel in the works. Lisa Jo Sagolla, Mediander Blog
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One terrific read that fans of all ages will enjoy for its clear storytelling, historic perspectives and histrionic characters from someone who lived to see the status of women greatly elevated, and who was herself a part of that story. Critical Dance"
Will make you laugh and cry. Rebel on Pointe is a book that everybody should read if they re interested in ballet or the entertainment industry. Movieguide
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Delightful Lee s book takes us into a world of beauty, hard work, and determination. Broadway World
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"One terrific read that fans of all ages will enjoy for its clear storytelling, historic perspectives and histrionic characters from someone who lived to see the status of women greatly elevated, and who was herself a part of that story."--Critical Dance
"Will make you laugh and cry. Rebel on Pointe is a book that everybody should read if they're interested in ballet or the entertainment industry."--Movieguide

"Her story of taking classes alongside Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev, being mentored by Native American ballet star Rosella Hightower and later dancing on Broadway, is captivating....Her tales of life as a young ballerina in Europe make one want to read similar musings on the rest of her career. Let's hope there's a sequel in the works."--Lisa Jo Sagolla, Mediander Blog

"Delightful... Lee's book takes us into a world of beauty, hard work, and determination."--Broadway World

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