First Position: A Century of Ballet Artists

First Position: A Century of Ballet Artists

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ISBN-13: 9780275983918
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/30/2007
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Toba Singer is the Dance Selector and Senior Program Director of the Art and Music Center of the San Francisco Public Library. She graduated from New York City's High School of Performing Arts and has lived and written in Boston, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Richmond, Virginia, and Charleston, West Virginia. She has been a steelworker, chemical refinery operator, presser and sewing machine operator, and airlines worker. Her articles have been published in the Charleston Gazette, San Francisco Chronicle, Dance Magazine, Dance Europe, voiceofdance.com and criticaldance.com. Singer produced Dance to Live, Live to Dance and served on the board of Robert Moses' Kin dance company. She studied dance with Svetlana Afanasieva, Nina Anderson, Perry Brunson, Cora Cahan, Jane Dudley, Richard Gibson, Zory Karah, Donald McKayle, Francoise Martinet, Augusta Moore, Gertrude Shurr, and Kahz Smuda. Her son James Gotesky dances with Houston Ballet.

Table of Contents


Foreword   Bruce Marks     ix
Preface     xiii
Acknowledgments     xvii
Erik Bruhn     1
Alicia Alonso     15
Rudolf Nureyev     29
Margot Fonteyn     43
Mikhail Baryshnikov     57
Anna Pavlova     71
Li Cunxin     85
Gelsey Kirkland     99
Lazaro Carreno     113
Natalia Makarova     125
Maya Plisetskaya     139
Carlos Acosta     153
Muriel Maffre     169
Arthur Mitchell     185
Carla Fracci     199
Notes     213
Bibliography     223
Index     227

What People are Saying About This

Johnny Eliasen

"After reading this book with great pleasure, I feel like thanking Toba Singer for giving us an insight into all of these great artists. It pulls back the curtain on their lives. I highly recommend First Position to anyone interested in understanding what it takes to master the difficult art form of ballet."

Johnny Eliasen

"After reading this book with great pleasure, I feel like thanking Toba Singer for giving us an insight into all of these great artists. It pulls back the curtain on their lives. I highly recommend First Position to anyone interested in understanding what it takes to master the difficult art form of ballet."

Johnny Eliasen, Former Artistic Director, Royal Danish Ballet Company

Jane Goldberg Director

"As someone who is not a balletomane (who hasn't even been taken by ballet), I nevertheless enjoyed reading Toba Singer's writing on some of its renowned international practitioners. I like the way in which Singer places the different players in a political context, since dancers do live in and of their times. She makes ballet vibrant and important, even to a novice like myself."

Jane Goldberg Director, Changing Times Tap Dancing Co., Inc.

Maina Gielgud

"A most interesting behind the scenes look at the commitment of some great personalities who have contributed their lives to classical ballet. It is fascinating to get to know some lesser known aspects of the beginnings of some very well known stars. Despite their diverse backgrounds, they are all clearly united by an unswerving vocation and the total dedication they have given to their art form. This dedication, perhaps unfashionable now, is one without which classical ballet will not survive."

Maina Gielgud, Order of Australia

Jane Goldberg Director

"As someone who is not a balletomane (who hasn't even been taken by ballet), I nevertheless enjoyed reading Toba Singer's writing on some of its renowned international practitioners. I like the way in which Singer places the different players in a political context, since dancers do live in and of their times. She makes ballet vibrant and important, even to a novice like myself."

Maina Gielgud

"A most interesting behind the scenes look at the commitment of some great personalities who have contributed their lives to classical ballet. It is fascinating to get to know some lesser known aspects of the beginnings of some very well known stars. Despite their diverse backgrounds, they are all clearly united by an unswerving vocation and the total dedication they have given to their art form. This dedication, perhaps unfashionable now, is one without which classical ballet will not survive."

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