Frederic Franklin: A Biography of the Ballet Star

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With a ballet career spanning well over eight decades, legendary dancer Frederic Franklin remains one of the twentieth century's great ballet stars. This biography, rich with original interviews, covers his entire career from young dance student in the early 1920s to his most recent position as choreographer with Britain's Royal Ballet in November 2004. Each chapter covers a different period of Franklin's life, including the peak of his performing career as a principal dancer with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo,...
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Overview

With a ballet career spanning well over eight decades, legendary dancer Frederic Franklin remains one of the twentieth century's great ballet stars. This biography, rich with original interviews, covers his entire career from young dance student in the early 1920s to his most recent position as choreographer with Britain's Royal Ballet in November 2004. Each chapter covers a different period of Franklin's life, including the peak of his performing career as a principal dancer with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, his legendary professional partnership with Alexandra Danilova, and his role in introducing ballet to millions of Americans during World War II.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786430512
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/5/2007
  • Pages: 235
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Leslie Norton was an associate professor in dance at the Hamilton College Theatre and Dance Department and lived in Clinton, New York. Frederic Franklin continues to appear in principal character roles with the American Ballet Theatre, and also stages classics from the Ballet Russe repertoire, both in the United States and in Europe. He currently lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents


Preface and Acknowledgments     1
Finding Ballet in a Roundabout Way     5
"Three Times a Star": The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo     26
A Roper, a Pimp and a Poet: Agnes, Ruth and Mr. B.     73
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo: The Twilight Years     109
A Company in the Capital: The National Ballet     141
Franklin and the Rise of Regional Ballet     158
Back to the Big Apple: Dance Theatre of Harlem and American Ballet Theatre     175
Still Going Strong as the Years Pass Along     200
Chapter Notes     211
Bibliography     221
Index     223
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