DANCING SPIRIT: An Autobiography.

Jamison, Judith with Howard Kaplan.

ISBN 10: 0385425570 / ISBN 13: 9780385425575
Published by New York: Doubleday, (1993.) dj, 1993
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. Autobiography of this outstanding African American dancer, an innovator in her field. Includes an account of her discovery by Agnes de Mille, her struggle to make it in a world that favors petite white women, her collaboration with Alvin Ailey, the formation of her own troupe, and finally her return to head up the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater after its founder died. Boldly INSCRIBED on the title page and dated in 1994. Illustrated throughout with photographs. List of interviews, brief bibliography. 273 pp. Fine in fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 56974

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Title: DANCING SPIRIT: An Autobiography.

Publisher: New York: Doubleday, (1993.) dj

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Judith Jamison is, in every sense, a towering  figure. Her commanding physical presence and  extraordinary technique have made her not only a  superstar of American dance and an innovator in her field,  but also an inspiration to African Americans, to  women, and to people of all origins around the  world. Last November, Doubleday published  Dancing Spirit, this remarkable woman's  autobiography. Now, with Anchor's paperback  publication, an even wider audience can trace the steps of  her career: her early years in Philadelphia, where  she began studying dance at the age of six, her  discovery by Agnes de Mille; years of frustration  and struggle in a field that favored petite, fair,  White women; her legendary collaboration with Alvin  Ailey; her work on Broadway in the musical  Sophisticated Ladies ; the formation of  her own company, the Jamison Project, and her  retum to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as  artistic director after its founder's death in 1989.  Dancing Spirit contains vivid  portraits of many artists Jamison has worked with  including Agnes de Mille, Alvin Ailey, Jessye Norman,  Geoffrey Holder, Carmen de Lavallade, and Mikhail  Baryshnikov, to name only a few. And Jamison talks  frankly about the price exacted by a dancer's  nomadic life--rootlessness, fleeting relationships,  the obsession with physical beauty. Illustrated with  sixty photographs, Dancing Spirit  is a candid and immediate self-portrait of a  unique American artist whose work has left an indelible  mark on the world of  dance.
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"This is a book about passion and will, about dance, about black history, about spirituality, about womanhood, about holding a vision, about carrying on."--The Washington Post

"Dancing Spirit is more than a mere collection of remembrances of a great performing career. It is also an inspirational look at a woman who never lost her focus."--Chicago Sun-Times

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