The Dancer Within: Intimate Conversations with Great Dancers

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Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Wesleyan University Press, Jun 30, 2008 - Performing Arts - 294 pages
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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.

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Eichenbaum, who previously profiled choreographers in Masters of Movement, here presents conversations with and photographs of 40 dancers. They come from various dance areas including ballet (Jacques ... Read full review

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ROSE EICHENBAUM is an award-winning photographer and author of Masters of Movement: Portraits of America's Great Choreographers (2004). Her work has appeared in Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, and the Los Angeles Times, and her photographs are featured in a Smithsonian Institution's traveling exhibit, The Dancer Within, opening in April 2008. She lives in Encino, California. ARON HIRT-MANHEIMER is the author and editor of numerous articles, magazines, and books. He lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

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