The Magic of Dance
326 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 x 28 cm.
"Margot Fonteyn shares with us her personal vision of the history of dance. Fired with a deep love for the art she herself has so spectacularly enhanced, she leads us back to the formal courts of the 1500's and forward through the centuries to the theatres of her own lifetime. In Russia, France, Italy, England, Denmark, America, wherever dance has flourished she reveals it to us, and makes us feel its magic! This book was inspired by her six-part BBC television series. Her book is divided into an introductory and six major chapters. Each chapter is centered in this way on major dance figures who have fascinated the author: "Dance Universal" focuses on two of the great male dancers of the twentieth-century, Fred Astaire and Rudolf Nureyev..other dancers in other chapters are: Isadora Duncan, Marie Taglioni, Joseph Grimaldi and more. - And pictorially, too, her book is magnificent. The superb illustrations simultaneously entertain and inform. All were selected under Dame Margot's personal supervision from libraries, museums, old books, and manuscripts, and private collections around the world. There are some items that have probably never before been published and some re-published here out of sheer adoration." -- from the Amazon book description