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A unique memoir about ballet, World War II, and a peerless group of dancers, this is  an irresistible read for all ballet loversGillian Lynne is one of the world's preeminent choreographers, but she started her career as a ballerina, learning to dance alongside Margot Fonteyn during World War II, and here is the story of her extraordinary childhood. From Miss Madeleine ShaA unique memoir about ballet, World War II, and a peerless group of dancers, this is  an irresistible read for all ballet loversGillian Lynne is one of the world's preeminent choreographers, but she started her career as a ballerina, learning to dance alongside Margot Fonteyn during World War II, and here is the story of her extraordinary childhood. From Miss Madeleine Sharp's Ballet Class for Young Ladies in Bromley to being evacuated with her theater school to a crumbling pile in rural Leicestershire, and from performing in the West End with doodlebugs falling to touring a devastated Europe to entertain the troops, the early years were hard, exciting, and dramatic. And when the call came to join Sadler's Wells—well, what ballerina hopeful could have asked for more? An irresistible mix of wartime nostalgia and the story of a leading ballerina's hard-won path to success, this is the perfect read for all ballet lovers, and is illustrated throughout with exquisitely charming black-and-white photos, programs, and keepsakes....

Title : A Dancer in Wartime: The touching true story of a young girl's journey from the Blitz to the Bright Lights
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ISBN : 9780099555773
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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A Dancer in Wartime: The touching true story of a young girl's journey from the Blitz to the Bright Lights Reviews

  • Macklin
    2019-02-27 08:56

    I read this in a day. Couldn't put it down! A neat look at World War II from a different perspective.

  • Meggie
    2019-02-18 14:52

    "A dancer in a wartime" was a nice surprise for me. I wasn't expecting it to be truly interesting and i certainly haven't thought i could identify myself with Mrs Lynne. However, to my great surprise, it turned out I did. I'm not saying content of this book will satisfy everyone. I'm sure people who are or had ever been 'on a stage' or have been performing as an artist / performer ( no matter if as a dancer, musician, actor, etc.). These people should at least give it a go. Mrs Gillienne uses ballet terminology now and then, but for me who knows rather basics of ballet (and i definitely overestimate my knowledge) it didn't cause any trouble. The subtitle of this book is: "The touching true story of a young girl's journey from the Blitz to the Bright Lights" and... so it is about. A story of a girl who became a dancer, not a story about the dance. For me it was definitely worth reading book.

  • Victoria Sigsworth
    2019-03-16 08:32

    Not many of the reviewers have rated this book with 5 stars.I find this surprising as I loved this book and found it unputdownable! I have to say that some people have been downright awful with their comments and without any constructive comments. I found this book easy to lose myself in and could go to sleep with thoughts of this book in my head. I also found it to be cosy even though it has some tragic aspects to it but I loved all the writing about the ballet productions. If you are a ballet or dance or theatre lover, you should hopefully find something to enjoy in it. It also shows how well the people managed to keep going through the terrible adversity of the war. This is currently my second book in my top three of the year.

  • Stacia
    2019-02-18 10:59

    The book started off great! Through the first half I couldn't put it down. The second half moved too slowly. She gave too many details... I danced this part at this theater, then we went here and I danced this part at this theater. (Although, her humility shines through.) It ended on her 20th birthday... she's 90 (2016). I would have liked it more if she talked about her time in the Sadler Wells ballet and dancing as a part of the ENSA in more cursory terms and talked about how she became a choreographer. Her short biography on her website says she was, "...Britain's foremost exponent of Jazz Dance" I want to know why she left ballet and how was she introduced to jazz dance. There's so much of her amazing life that she didn't touch on. I would have just loved more!

  • Fluffychick
    2019-02-28 13:55

    Gillian Lynne (for me at least) is famous for her choreography of ALW musicals, particularly Phantom of the Opera (as my all time favourite musical!!) but I was pretty ignorant about her background and early dancing career. This autobiography charts her childhood and early ballet career at Sadler's Well through the war, taking in the tragic death of her mother, the trials of London in wartime and her nomadic existence between loving relatives and ballet schools. I loved this book,it was a enthusiastic and loving tribute and Lynne's passion for the art form really come through. The famous names scattered throughout and the photographs used make it even more special. A must for all theatre and dance fans and I hope there's a follow up!

  • Radford Secondary Library
    2019-02-20 14:01

    London during the Blitz was a time of hardship, heroism and hope. For Gillian Lynne - a budding ballerina - it was also a time of great change as she was evacuated from war-torn London to a crumbling mansion, where dance classes took place in the faded ballroom. Life was hard, but her talent and dedication shone through and an astonishing journey ensued, which saw Gillian dancing a triumphant debut in 'Swan Lake', performing in the West End with doodlebugs falling and touring a devastated Europe entertaining the troops. 'A Dancer in Wartime' paints a vivid and moving picture of what life was really like during the hard years of the Blitz and brings to life a lost world.

  • Denise
    2019-03-13 09:54

    Although not the best written book ever with rather a gushing style,this is a good read. Gillian tells an amazing story of persistence and resilience that many people could learn from. Who now would carry on dancing on a bad ankle? Who would dance all day on such a limited wartime diet? Gillian Lynne tells an uplifting tale of her hard work and success. I would love to read more about her subsequent career choreographing and directing some amazing musicals.

  • Penny
    2019-03-04 12:32

    I'd been looking forward to reading this but it was a big disappointment. Superficial, twee and irritating in its sugariness, I abandoned it after a few chapters. Life's too short and there are many other far, far superior memoirs of this period.

  • Shannon Purcell-underwood
    2019-03-16 09:35

    An semi interesting read if you are a dancer or dance enthusiast. Very superficial character development and not very engaging.

  • Ruth
    2019-03-08 14:01

    I wanted to like this book but found the pace too slow and the details too abundant. It read a bit more like a diary than a story.

  • Zoe James-williams
    2019-03-03 14:41

    great biography of a dancer through the second world war and the emergence on The Royal Ballet

  • Andrea Lightfoot
    2019-02-21 11:54

    A book I was given last year as a Christmas present, fitting as I had recently got back into doing ballet, and I still find it interesting and inspiring.

  • Aisha
    2019-02-18 13:40

    LOVED THIS BOOK! I could barely put it down. The style which it is written in is so nice to read.