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Once a Dancer

Kent, Allegra

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ISBN 10: 0312187505 / ISBN 13: 9780312187507
Published by New York, New York, U.S.A.: Griffin, 1998, 1998
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Quality Paperback. Very Good. Inscribed By Author. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. this association copy was inscribed and dated Feb. 1, 2001 by the author to Michael Cerveris as follows "For Michael Cerveris, with best wishes and high flying, regards, Allegra Kent" , nine butterfly stickers on fep also, light shelfwear along covers, top right tip of front cover bumped lightly. Bookseller Inventory # 55052

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Title: Once a Dancer

Publisher: New York, New York, U.S.A.: Griffin, 1998

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket as Issued

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

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Synopsis:

Allegra Kent joined the New York City Ballet at the age of fifteen and, only two years later, inspired Balanchine's unforgettable The Unanswered Question. Beautiful, sensuous, and mysterious, she quickly became an essential Balanchine dancer-and the story of her personal life is as dramatic as they story of her rise to fame. Her account of a bizarre childhood, a magnificent if curious dance career, a charged, complicated domestic life with photographer Bert Stern, and a never-ending struggle with emotional, physical, and financial pressures is fascinating-as are her portraits of the other great dance figures who punctuated her life, from Balanchine to Baryshnikov.

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This unusual, fascinating, and at times almost surreal autobiography chronicles the life of Allegra Kent, one of the most famous--and notorious--of Balanchine's prima ballerinas. The most blatantly erotic of Balanchine ballets were written for her pliant and chilly dance method. This book has it all: art, dance, infidelity, sexual intrigue, histrionics, eccentric outbursts, nose jobs, philosophy, and Krishnamurti. Entirely entertaining and intriguing for both dance enthusiasts and those who don't know a plié from a jeté.

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