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“Despite the charm of its prose, In Balanchine’s Company is no mere literary exercise. At times it is funny… (s)ometimes it’s downright exciting,…(a)nd often it’s affectionate.”—Doris Hering, Dance Magazine
“Fisher’s memoir is a three-fold delight; a generous tribute to Balanchine and his creations, collaborations, stagings, triumphs, and failures; a celebration of peers, colleagues, and talented artists in other ballet-related disciplines; and a cheerful, grateful record of her own distinguished career. …Fisher opens up the inner world of ballet, deftly capturing the personal characteristics of its creative giants.” —ForeWord Magazine's Ten Outstanding Books from University Presses
“I stayed up all night and read In Balanchine's Company from cover to cover. As a dancer who lived through those years, I can say that Barbara Fisher's recollections, insight and writing style are impressive.”—Arthur Mitchell, Artistic Director, Dance Theatre of Harlem; Former Principal Dancer, NYCB; and Kennedy Center Honoree
Posted January 18, 2008
¿Intended or not I was on my way to becoming a dancer. I was going to perform in cities all over Europe and across America. I was going to perform before crowned heads, and be part of the first group of Americans dancers ever to perform in the White House. I was going to become a soloist in Balanchine¿s company. I was going to see the world.¿ This, the true story of an unforgettable life and remarkable life for a young and inexperienced but naturally skilled dancer, Barbra Milberg. Barbara Milberg lived on the corner of Ocean Avenue and Dorchester Road in Brooklyn, NY, and first started dancing at the ¿Miss Selma¿s School of Dance¿. Once the school closed down, Miss Selma recommended Barbara to the elite School of American Ballet in Manhattan. Barbara Milberg was a very fast learner, and she had to be because of all the tours and the new ballets the Mr. Balanchine (Mr. B) would masterfully create. Barbara Milberg was very busy traveling around the world on tours that she would be involved in, and then would come right back and perform more and more productions, in NYC. Some of the ballets that she was involved in are the Nutcracker, firebird, Agon, Opus, and many more. Therefore, if you¿re interested in ballet and would want to learn more about the history of ballet, then this is a perfect read for youWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 21, 2006