Dancing Spirit

Dancing Spirit

An Autobiography

Book - 1993
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Random House, Inc.
Judith Jamison is, in every sense, a towering  figure. Her commanding physical presence and  extraordinary technique have made her not only a  superstar of American dance and an innovator in her field,  but also an inspiration to African Americans, to  women, and to people of all origins around the  world. Last November, Doubleday published  Dancing Spirit, this remarkable woman's  autobiography. Now, with Anchor's paperback  publication, an even wider audience can trace the steps of  her career: her early years in Philadelphia, where  she began studying dance at the age of six, her  discovery by Agnes de Mille; years of frustration  and struggle in a field that favored petite, fair,  White women; her legendary collaboration with Alvin  Ailey; her work on Broadway in the musical  Sophisticated Ladies ; the formation of  her own company, the Jamison Project, and her  retum to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as  artistic director after its founder's death in 1989.  Dancing Spirit contains vivid  portraits of many artists Jamison has worked with  including Agnes de Mille, Alvin Ailey, Jessye Norman,  Geoffrey Holder, Carmen de Lavallade, and Mikhail  Baryshnikov, to name only a few. And Jamison talks  frankly about the price exacted by a dancer's  nomadic life--rootlessness, fleeting relationships,  the obsession with physical beauty. Illustrated with  sixty photographs, Dancing Spirit  is a candid and immediate self-portrait of a  unique American artist whose work has left an indelible  mark on the world of  dance.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Baker & Taylor
A black superstar of American dance recounts her exciting life and career, describing her discovery by Agnes DeMille, her frustration with her size and color in a field dominated by petite, white women, and her collaboration with Ailey. 30,000 first printing. $30,000 ad/promo.

Blackwell North Amer
Judith Jamison is, in every sense, a towering figure. Her commanding physical presence, elegant manner, and extraordinary technique have made her not only a true superstar of American dance and an historic innovator in her field, but also a beacon of inspiration to African-Americans, to women, and to people of all origins around the world.
Dancing Spirit presents this phenomenal woman's story in her own direct and uncompromising voice: her early years in Philadelphia, where she began studying dance at the age of six; her discovery by Agnes de Mille, who gave her her first professional role in The Four Marys; years of frustration and struggle in a field that favored petite, fair, white women; her legendary collaboration with Alvin Ailey, reaching its apogee with the landmark solo piece Cry; global success and fame with the Ailey company, touring the United States, Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa; performing on Broadway in the musical Sophisticated Ladies; the formation of her own troupe, the Jamison Project; and her return to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre as artistic director after its founder's tragic death in 1989.
Dancing Spirit teems with vivid portraits of the artists and individuals Judith Jamison has worked with and known throughout the years: Miss Marion Cuyjet, her first dance teacher, and still an important figure in her life; Agnes de Mille; Alvin Ailey; Jessye Norman; dancers James Truitte, Geoffrey Holder, Carmen de Lavallade, and Mikhail Baryshnikov, to name only a few; and many others. And in Dancing Spirit Judith Jamison talks frankly about the price exacted by a dancer's nomadic life - rootlessness, fleeting relationships, the obsession with physical beauty.
Illustrated with more than sixty photographs, Dancing Spirit is a candid and immediate self-portrait of a unique American artist whose work has left an indelible mark on the world of dance, and whose life and career are a monument to her passion, her pride, and her vision.

Baker
& Taylor

A Black superstar of American dance recounts her life and career, describing her discovery by Agnes DeMille and her collaboration with Alvin Ailey

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c1993.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385425575
0385425570
Branch Call Number: 920 JAMISON, J.
Characteristics: 272, [1] p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kaplan, Howard 1950-

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