Rebel on Pointe: A Memoir of Ballet and Broadway

Rebel on Pointe: A Memoir of Ballet and Broadway

by Lee Wilson

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ISBN-13: 9780813060088
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Publication date: 09/30/2014
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 693,105
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author


Lee Wilson danced for royalty in Europe, gun-toting revolutionaries in Algeria, American aristocrats at the Metropolitan Opera, and a galaxy of stars on Broadway. She is an award-winning writer, producer, and actor living in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

1 I Discover Dance, 1946-1954 1

2 My Formative Teachers, 1954-1957 15

3 Dance Requires Grit, 1957-1959 25

4 Academic Hurdles, 1959-1961 42

5 Falling in Love with New York, Spring 1961 42

6 At the Ballet Theatre School, Summer 1961 65

7 Stars in Madame Pereyaslavec's Class, 1961-1962 82

8 Rosella Hightower, Cannes, and Monte Carlo, 1962 102

9 Bruhn, Nureyev, and Paris, 1963 125

10 Maina Gielgud, Pas de Quatre, and Vichy, 1963 139

11 Algeria, Naples, and Bordeaux, 1963-1964 161

12 Alicia Markova and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, 1964-1967 178

13 Hello, Broadway! 1967 192

Acknowledgments 201

Selected Bibliography 203

Index 205

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Rebel on Pointe: A Memoir of Ballet and Broadway 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
jacksonp More than 1 year ago
What an inspiration! Being a baby boomer myself, I understood Wilson's desire to escape the suburban dead-end that so many bright and capable women were forced into back in the 1950s and 60s. I loved how Wilson framed her memoirs within the female-dominated world of dance, and of course it didn't hurt that she was incredibly talented! Wilson's writing style is both humorous and informative; I was spellbound as I read about the famous dancers and ballet teachers she worked with. The book brought back happy memories of my childhood, watching a ballet performed live and thrilling with every arabesque and pas de deux. I highly recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found Rebel on Pointe absolutely fascinating and extremely compelling. When this very young pigeon-toed little girl finds a way to  escape sexism in the 20th Century through dance, (as a side bar, men will not find this offensive) her very brave journey became mine.  Her writing is keenly descriptive, filled with inspiration, sadness, humor and pathos. Lee Wilson's  tremendous knowledge of European and American History is so informative, informative in a way that once again,  made me feel as though I were there. A sixteen-year-old girl making her professional debut in a command performance for Prince Rainier and Princess Grace in Monte Carlo.  A hair-raising performance in Algeria for gun-toting revolutionaries. And the sheer joy of dancing on Broadway. I love cliffhangers and she has a bunch which kept pulling me forward,  I think you will feel the same way! Thanks Lee for the Dance.....BarBara Luna
CherylClark1 More than 1 year ago
Lee Wilson's "Rebel on Pointe" is amazingly timely for women: the right for equal pay and recognition, considering the latest "faux-pas" by CEO of Microsoft regarding women and "Karma" in seeking raises- and this is 2014! Ms. Wilson intimately brings the reader in with wanting more than the many repressed lives of 1950 "housewives" and the few women of the workforce she witnessed. Her courageous drive, discipline, and "self-educating" instincts as a young teen-ager to seek something more, "to get out", shows how it can be done! As colleagues of the Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway musical, "A Chorus Line", Lee vividly displays the life she led exemplifying the title song, "What I Did For Love". This book is inspiring to young and old alike - to think smart and go for your dreams. Thank you Lee Wilson. Sincerely, Cheryl Clark