By Rose Eichenbaum

The Dancer inside of is a suite of photographic pictures and brief essays in accordance with confessional interviews with 40 dancers and entertainers, lots of them world-famous. recognized at the live performance level, on Broadway, in Hollywood musicals, and on tv, the personalities featured during this booklet communicate with remarkable candor approximately all phases of the dancer’s life—from their first dance classification to their signature performances and their days of mirrored image at the artist’s lifestyles. The Dancer inside finds how those artists triumphed, but additionally how they overcame adversity, together with self-doubt, accidents, and getting older. so much of all, this e-book is ready the braveness, dedication, love, and keenness of those performers of their quest for creative excellence. The reader will fast notice that “the dancer inside of” is a metaphor of the human spirit.

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He had a very special bone structure, muscle structure, nerve structure—so that everything was fast, easy and light, and responded instantly to the brain messages about rhythm. The brain said ‘rhythm,’ and he was there half a second before. He was simply born like that. Fred was never out of breath and never off balance—never. ” “Body movement was never a problem for me. You build your character using the whole of you—not just in your brain. With the Stanislavsky method of acting you learn that the character comes from inside of you and has a particular appearance with physical characteristics.

Saying those lines practically gave me a nervous breakdown. To this day I don’t like myself in An American in Paris. Everybody seems to think that I acted charmingly, but all I see is a girl who’s sick with shyness. ” “Later you partnered with Fred Astaire. ” “Well, I had done this modest film for MGM called Lili, for which I received an Oscar nomination. Fred saw the film and asked for me. I really enjoyed dancing with Fred on that picture. He would take you in his arms and guide you ever so gently.

Mononucleosis. How I managed to get up every morning and get to the set I don’t know. I was also anemic, having been deprived of nutritious foods like meat, fruit, and cheese during the war years. During the eight months it took to complete the film, I struggled to keep up appearances. Gene and his wife, Betsy Blair, were very warm and welcoming. ” “No, I was just a baby and had no objectivity. I remember going to the sneak preview with Gene and all the executives. After viewing the film I had a headache and felt flushed and feverish.

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