Jacques d'Amboise's "I Was A Dancer"

Published in the April/May 2011 issue.

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For decades, the ever-charismatic Jacques d’Amboise was a New York City Ballet superstar, inspiring some of Balanchine’s finest work and partnering multiple generations of Mr. B’s ballerinas. Though d’Amboise’s career was wide-ranging—he also wrote, directed and performed in films (most famously Seven Brides for Seven Brothers) and founded the National Dance Institute—his new memoir, I Was a Dancer, is primarily an homage to Balanchine and his company. Like d’Amboise himself, the book is thoroughly unpretentious: an easy, engaging account of a golden era at NYCB.