Awestruck by a performance of the great Ann Pavlova, Agnes de Mille resolved to become a dancer. Other members of her family were established in the theatre- her father a respect of playwright, her uncle a legend in film. But the de Mille name, though impressive was useless in the world of dance.
When she finally did begin lessons in ballet, she found she was older than the others and lacked a ballerina's figure. But she persevered, crossing the globe for fourteen years to realise her dream. When her breakthrough came at last, it was through choreography. She combined classical ballet with American folk culture in the ground breaking Rodeo.
With the success of Rodeo, de Mille became the queen of Broadway. She is honoured for her work as a revolutionary choreographer and a performer's advocate.
|Introduction: Congresswoman Betty McCollum||p. 8|
|Rodeo Comes to Broadway||p. 12|
|De Mille's Illustrious Background 1905-1914||p. 26|
|Transformed by a Ballerina 1914-1919||p. 40|
|The Long Search for Success 1919-1927||p. 52|
|No One Dances in America 1927-1932||p. 64|
|Crisscrossing the Atlantic 1932-1934||p. 82|
|Breakthrough with an American Ballet 1934-1942||p. 94|
|A Life and Career Complete 1942-1954||p. 110|
|Expanding Her Craft 1954-1993||p. 124|
|Works by Agnes de Mille||p. 140|
|Further Reading||p. 143|
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Series: Women in the Arts Ser.
Audience: Primary / High School
Number Of Pages: 152
Published: 1st January 2004
Publisher: Facts On File, Incorporated
Dimensions (cm): 22.860 x 15.240