Once A Dancer...: An Autobiography

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  • ISBN-13: 9780813034409
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 10/4/2009
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 417,654
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Allegra Kent joined the New York City Ballet at age 15 and within two years had become one of Balanchine's favorite dancers, inspiring numerous works including The Unanswered Question. By turns beautiful, sensuous, and mysterious on stage, her life was as dramatic as her dancing style: marrying at age twenty and having three children in the middle of her career; battling an overbearing mother, depression, and financial troubles; and experiencing health problems. Fired from the company on the day Balanchine died, she remains one of the most influential and inspiring principal dancers from the early years of the New York City Ballet. She lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2001

    Outstanding and fantastic life of a ballerina

    This book captures the essence of an extraordinary ballerina's life.... The Life of Allegra Kent. It explains about the hardship of her childhood life. And how hard it is to get to the top in a career she began at fifteen. Even though she was one of the best if not the best ballerina of her time she still had many other problems in her personal life. This book expresses that even if you are having the best time of your life in your career, sometimes your personal life may be hard or even sometimes scary in her case. Being a ballerina was her dream and her inspiration, but living off that was just barely enough. This book shows how fun and not so fun it is to ba a famous prima ballerina.

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