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Never Far from Dancing: Barbara Newman

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#1 Jane Simpson

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 05:09 AM

This sounds an absolute 'must have' - former dancers (Seymour, Ashley, Alonso, Ananisashvili...) talking about life after dancing, mainly teaching and coaching.


There's a review by Paul Arrowsmith on DanceTabs with enough tanatalising extracts to make me go and order it, right now!

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Posted 28 March 2014 - 08:43 AM


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Posted 28 March 2014 - 11:12 AM

I've just started to read this.  Many thanks for your review!

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 10:56 PM

It's taken me a long time to read this book.  I loved "Striking a Balance," but "Never Far from Dancing" was not nearly as enjoyable: for the most part, it was a catalog of mostly three complaints:  1.  Dancers now have it good  2.  Dancers now don't do things right  3. Current choreography is awful.  (I almost tossed the book in the garbage after reading Desmond Kelly's "We sucked up injuries in my day" rant.)  There were three notable exceptions: Alicia Alonso, Antoinette Sibley, whose voice hasn't changed, and Nina Ananiashvili, who was still dancing and running her company when the last interviews were done.  Ananiashvili was the one who still sounded so live, it was a pleasure and a joy to "hear" her.  For the most part, it was a depressing read.

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 11:21 PM

I appreciated the historical information, but I agree with Helene that there was a certain amount of "those kids today..."

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