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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: ePUBit (December 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988931869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988931862
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Frank Ohman is an internationally known dance professional who joined the New York City Ballet in 1962, where he was a soloist for twenty-two years. He appeared in leading and solo roles in the ballets of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Frederic Ashton, Anthony Tudor, David Lichine, John Taras, and Jacques d’Amboise. He partnered many of the world’s leading ballerinas including Maria Tallchief, Marjorie Tallchief, Melissa Hayden, Suzanne Farrell, Allegra Kent, Patricia McBride, Gelsey Kirkland, Cynthia Gregory, Carol Sumner, Kay Mazzo, and Suki Schorer. Frank is the Founder, Ballet Master, and Artistic Director of the New York Dance Theater and the Frank Ohman School of Ballet. He has been a prolific choreographer, creating over 200 original ballets, and is currently directing his talents towards teaching, choreography, and artistic direction. Emily Berkowitz received her M.A. degree in English from C.W. Post. She also possesses an M.S. degree from Hofstra University and a B.S. degree from Cornell University. Ms. Berkowitz is a versatile writer, having published articles in Dancer, Confrontation Magazine, the Port Washington News, and section cover stories in Newsday Ms. Berkowitz has regularly attended the New York City Ballet for more than thirty years. Her extensive collection books about ballet, with and emphasis on this company and its history, was a factor in realizing that the literature lacked a volume describing Balanchine’s male friendships and brilliance as a teacher. The author is currently an educator at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center in Glen Cove, NY. She lives with her veterinarian husband, Jay, and their three dogs, in Port Washington, New York. Her son, Justin, and his wife Jessica, are newly minted Balanchine fans.

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It's very interesting, really.
Toula J. Halperin
An extraordinary insight into a dancer's life and career in the company, under the artistic direction of Mr. Balanchine.
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His story is one of enthusiasm, talent, spirituality, and humility.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Penelope Susan Gates, NYCB (1961 - 1968) on January 6, 2014
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Wonderful trip down memory lane. So much is forgotten as time goes on and this book is an incredible resource to recapture those lost moments. Dancers of all levels will benefit greatly from Frank's insights and help to keep the Balanchine spirit and genius alive for all to enjoy. It is an honor to have know Frank and danced with him "back in the day".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Toula J. Halperin on January 8, 2014
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Even non ballet aficionados will love this book. It's easy rhythm invites the reader to experience the dancer's life through the memories and recollections of Frank Ohman, a remarkable man. His collaboration with Emily Berkowitz has resulted in an autobiography of a fascinating journey. There are so many layers here - the blending of Mr. Ohman's early years contrasted with his professional achievements, dancing under Balanchine's tutelage to become a soloist and principal dancer of the New York City Ballet. He credits his growth as a man and as a true professional to many intertwining forces in his life, but especially to the support and strength of his mother, grandmother, and George Balanchine. It's very interesting, really. You'll enjoy it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Allen on January 26, 2014
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What a great read!! A truly great story and view into the world of the New York City Ballet, Mr. Balanchine, Frank Ohman and countless other ballet legends. I have never met Mr. B, but after reading this book I feel as though I know him. I laughed and cried, and read it in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. A great insight into the lives of some of the greatest artists of our time.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ballet Fan on January 11, 2014
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If you have enjoyed attending a ballet performance, especially the New York City Ballet (either in Lincoln Center or Saratoga Springs), Frank Ohman's story of his dancing years with the company will entertain and enlighten you. An extraordinary insight into a dancer's life and career in the company, under the artistic direction of Mr. Balanchine.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alexios Apazidis on January 11, 2014
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Wonderfully written and places the reader in the time and place. Very personal and honest and provides great insight into a different and lost world.
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A thoughtful and personal memoir. Frank Ohman writes with great honesty about his development as a dancer and a person.
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from a 30+ year Balanchine dancer who saw Mr. B as a master teacher of ballet and life. A very personal perspective.
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