Reaching for Dreams: A Ballet from Rehearsal to Opening Night

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A ballet from rehearsal to opening night.

Go backstage with dancers from the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as they learn and perform a new ballet. Drawing on hours of conversation and observation, Susan Kuklin gives a private look at the dancers' goals, disappointments, and triumphs; the endless hard work; and the tension and magic of opening night.

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Overview

A ballet from rehearsal to opening night.

Go backstage with dancers from the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as they learn and perform a new ballet. Drawing on hours of conversation and observation, Susan Kuklin gives a private look at the dancers' goals, disappointments, and triumphs; the endless hard work; and the tension and magic of opening night.

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults.

Photographs and text follow the dancers and the behind-the-scenes people of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as they rehearse a new ballet.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up Through sharp photographs and a lucid text, Kuklin reproduces the adventure of professional dancers learning a new piece. With choreographer Jennifer Muller, readers get to know the dancers of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, who are preparing to perform Speeds, a 30-minute dance in 8 sections. The process of learning the steps, interpreting them, and creating a total experience in costume on stage in front of an audience takes seven weeks. The tedium of repetition and the impatience of not seeing the work as a whole and finally the excitement of knowing that ``the ballet will work'' are articulated by the dancers and reinforced by the clear black-and-white photographs that capture the dancers at rest and in motion. All that is missing is a videotape of their performance of Speeds.Amy Kellman, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595170814
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Pages: 136
  • Age range: 12 - 16 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 0.08 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: the Warm-Up: Monday, June 24 11
1. First, the Steps: June 24-28 18
2. And Again ... the Steps: July 8-25 34
3. Focus: July 29-30 50
4. It Only Hurts When I Move: July 31 58
5. The Run-Throughs: August 1-6 64
6. Technical Rehearsals: August 7-9 79
7. On Tour: August 12-14 96
8. Performance: Wednesday, August 14 110
Glossary 125
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