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Night's Dancer: The Life of Janet Collins [Hardcover]

YaŽl Tamar Lewin , Janet Collins
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Editorial Reviews


"Night's Dancer: The Life of Janet Collins is an enthralling read. It reinforces Collin's struggle, personal strength and ultimate success. While following her dreams with endless energy, she leapt over boundaries."—Karen Barr, Dance International

“Much of Collins’s career is lost in the gaps of performance history, and Lewin has done wonders to restore to the record the work of this pioneering woman, as well as printing Collins’s forty-odd pages of reminiscences for the first time. ... Night’s Dancer is a fine contribution both to dance history and the history of segregation in the United States.”—Judith Flanders, Times Literary Supplement

“Lewin helps confirm that Collins is by far an icon of great stature. … This is a must-read.”—Charmaine Patricia Warren, Amsterdam News

“‘Lewin's scholarship is commendable, and the stories of how she discovered and assembled her information are almost as engaging as the main narrative.”—Lisa Jo Sagolla, BackStage Magazine


“With Night’s Dancer, Lewin has produced a major work that continues to correct the absence of historical writing on African Americans in ballet and modern dance. The author incorporates Collins’s own writings, intimate details from the artist’s life, and rich contextual material to create a work that is emotionally touching and incredibly informative.” (John O. Perpener III, author of African-American Concert Dance: The Harlem Renaissance and Beyond)

About the Author

YAËL TAMAR LEWIN is a dance historian, writer, and dancer living in New York City.
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