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Night's Dancer: The Life of Janet Collins

Item# 1000008227


Dancer Janet Collins, born in New Orleans in 1917 and raised in Los Angeles, soared high over the color line as the first African-American prima ballerina at the Metropolitan Opera. Thriving in an era in which racial bias prevailed, her brilliant performances transformed the way black dancers were viewed in ballet.

Dance scholar Yaël Tamar Lewin draws on extensive research and interviews with Collins and her family, friends, and colleagues to explore her development as a dancer, choreographer, and painter. Lewin gives us a profoundly moving portrait of an artist of indomitable spirit.

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

  • 404 pages
  • Size: 10 x 7"

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