Biographies, Memoirs & Manifestos

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A Work-In-Progress List from Ms. Linda of Unreasonable Joy


Memoirs and Autobiographies

  • Copeland, Misty.   Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina.   Touchstone, 2014. UJoy POST
  • Farrell, Suzanne.   Holding on to the Air: An Autobiography.   Summit, 1990.
  • Fisher, Barbara.   In Balanchine’s Company: A Dancer’s Memoir.   Wesleyan, 2006.
  • Kent, Allegra.   Once a Dancer: An Autobiography.   St. Martin’s Press, 1997.
  • Kirkland, Gelsey.   Dancing on My Grave: An Autobiography.   Doubleday, 1986.
  • ~~~~.   The Shape of Love.   Doubleday, 1989.
  • Ringer, Jenifer.   Dancing Through It: My Journey in the Ballet.   Penguin, 2015. UJoy POST
  • Tallchief, Maria.   Maria Tallchief: America’s Prima Ballerina.   Holt & Co., 1997.
  • Dunham, Katherine.   A Touch of Innocence: A Memoir of Childhood.   University of Chicago Press, 1994.
  • Graham, Martha.   Blood Memory: An Autobiography.   Doubleday, 1991.
  • Jamison, Judith.   Dancing Spirit.   Doubleday, 1993.
  • Limon, Jose.   Jose Limon: An Unfinished Memoir (Studies in Dance History).   Wesleyan University Press, 1999.
Broadway & Hollywood
  • Moreno, Rita.   Rita Moreno: A Memoir.   Celebra, 2014 (reprint).
  • Vaselaar, Ro Trent.   And She Danced for the King: Memoirs of a Rockette.   Imprint Books, 2003.
  • Whitney, Corliss Fyfe.   A Rockette Remembers: Tales from a High Kicking Life.   Dog Ear Publishing, 2012.


Biographies and Research of Dancers, Choreographers & Companies


  • DeFrantz, Thomas F.   Dancing Revelations: Alvin Ailey’s Embodiment of African American Culture.   Oxford University Press, 2004.



Manifestos (Theory or Technical Books Written by the Artists Themselves)


  • Roth, Gabrielle.   Sweat Your Prayers: Movement as Spiritual Practice.   Putnam, 1997. UJoy POST
  • ~~~~.   Maps to Ecstacy: A Healing Journey for the Untamed Spirit.   Putnam, 1995. UJoy POST


More Miscellaneous


  • Gottlieb, Robert, ed.   Reading Dance: A Gathering of Memoirs, Reportage, Criticism, Profiles, Interviews, and Some Uncategorizable Extras.   Pantheon, 2008.
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