The Dancer Within is a collection of photographic portraits and short essays based on confessional interviews with forty dancers and entertainers, many of them world-famous. Well-known on the concert stage, on Broadway, in Hollywood musicals, and on television, the personalities featured in this book speak with extraordinary candor about all stages of the dancer’s life–from their first dance class to their signature performances and their days of reflection on the artist’s life. The Dancer Within reveals how these artists triumphed, but also how they overcame adversity, including self-doubt, injuries, and aging. Most of all, this book is about the courage, commitment, love, and passion of these performers in their quest for artistic excellence. The reader will quickly realize that “the dancer within” is a metaphor of the human spirit.
January 18th, 2013
February 22nd, 2011
September 30th, 2010
When Nureyev took up the position of Artistic Director of the ballet of
the Paris opera in 1983, his words to the dancers of the ensemble so
rich in tradition were, ‘Don’t talk, work’, and only two months later he
presented his magnificent new production of Marius Petipa’s oriental ballet Raymonda. This production was of great importance
both for Nureyev and for the ensemble, because it was his first choreography as newly-appointed director of the Paris ensemble.
It laid the foundation for his personal relationship as choreographer, teacher and director with the dancers. There could not have
been a better ballet than Raymonda to show to advantage the qualities of this ensemble, which is one of the foremost in the world
of ballet. It is not only the three leading parts which are shown to advantage in numerous pas-de-deux, in a dramatic sword duel
and in dream scenes, but there are also impressive solos for a dozen other dancers as well as many spectacular ensemble scenes,
among them the splendid Hungarian dances, an exciting Spanish dance, a wonderful polonaise and fascinating pas-de-quatre
The documentary by Francois Roussillon examines the various aspects of this ballet, which has become a classic in the repertoire
of the ballet ensemble of the Paris opera through Rudolf Nureyev’s choreography. Nureyev’s innate talent for dancing and the
perfection of his rehearsal work made Raymonda one of the greatest masterworks of ballet history.
June 27th, 2010
VAI 4377 First release on DVD of the complete ballets “Apollo” (Balanchine choreography, Stravinsky music), “Filling Station” (Christensen choreography, Thomson music), “Afternoon of a Faun” (Robbins choreography, Debussy music). First DVD release of excerpts of “The Still Point” (Bolender choreography, Debussy music), “Stars and Stripes” (Balanchine choreography, Sousa music). Also “Black Swan” Pas de Deux & “Snow” Pas de Deux. Bonus: 2006 interview with D’Amboise. 132 min., B&W/Color, All regions.
May 23rd, 2010
I want to be a really good dancer. Especially at hip hop and break. But I suck and I’m stiff. I can’t afford to go out and get lessons, and even when I do get lessons, it’s not the lessons I was hoping for.
How can I learn be a great hip hop dancer at home? Like insanely great.
February 5th, 2010
i am 14 and i am about to be a freshman. i want to be extremely good at breakdancing by the end of my senior year in highschool. that gives me 4 years to work with. any help?
Great Dancers of Our Time / Vladimir Malakhov, Lucia Laccara, Kiyoko Kimura, Diana Vishneva, Nadja Saidakova, Cyril Pierre, Christoph Bohm
August 12th, 2009
April 12th, 2008
- ISBN13: 9780393072259
- Condition: NEW
- Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.
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January 1st, 2004
I took ballet when I was 12 for 2 yrs and I loved it. Unfortunantly there wasn’t enough money to keep taking classes and I had to quit.
I’m 18 now and recently realized how much passion I have for ballet. I not only want to take classes, but actually go to school for it and learn about it to possibly have a chance at theatre ballet. Do you think it’s too late to become a great ballet dancer? I basicly have to start from the beginning.
I’m also a BIT worried that seeing other amazing dancers my age will make me second guess, and I do not want that to happen. I want to be a ballerina!