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Leotard. The Story of Jazz Ballet Rodney: The backstage story of two young dancers who live, love and laugh, while performing in the theatres of Europe and casinos in Cannes, Cairo and Teheran. (Anglais) Broché – 8 mai 2014

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Leotard.The Story of Jazz Ballet Rodney is an on-and off-stage story of dramas in an international ballet company. Set in the swinging 60s, it is a rollickingly funny tale of loyalty and friendship. Based on letters written home by two young dancers, Sally and Mary, Leotard is entertaining, effervescent, yet at times, poignant and heart breaking. The dancing moves from the theatres and opera houses of Europe to casinos in Cannes, Cairo and Teheran.

Biographie de l'auteur

Sally Faverot de Kerbrech was the oloist of Jazz Ballet Rodney for seven years. She and her husband Baron François Faverot de Kerbrech restored an 18th Century wine estate and now divide their time between Provence and England. Mary Spilsbury Ross was the only dancer from North America to join Jazz Ballet Rodney and toured with them for three years. She authored Canada's top selling cookboo, Frugal Feasts and today lives on Vanocuver Island with her husband, Dr. Michael Ross.

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  • Broché: 298 pages
  • Editeur : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (8 mai 2014)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1499390289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1499390285
  • Dimensions du produit: 15,2 x 1,7 x 22,9 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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A fascinating story and takes one back to the era of the early 60's when life was very different from today. A page turner.
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Hilarious! Sally & Mary reveal all the craziness of a "hot" jazz ballet company touring Europe in the 60's 3 juillet 2014
Par Diane Farris - Publié sur
Bravo! A terrific romp - certainly no holding back here in this information packed saga of seat-of-the-pants living and touring with a small group of ambitious dancers in Europe in the early 60's. You really know what it's like by the time it's all over!

I met Mary when I was five and she was six at Miss Wynne Shaw's School of Ballet in Victoria. We are still BFF's but I have never met the much loved "Sally". Now, after laughing my way through this hilarious, episodic traipse around Europe, I feel I know Sally quite well and finally know exactly what my bridesmaid Mary was up to for those three years while I was home having babies!

The frankness with which both writers reveal all the good, bad and ugly aspects of touring by bus and train in those early days of the 60's made me laugh and, yes, cry a bit - as one does when a friend is boldly "putting herself out there" and there are failures among the triumphs.

The Jazz Ballet Rodney was a GEM of a company that made waves with it's wildly original choreography and excellent /flamboyant dancers. Reading Leotard reveals the passion, devotion, courage and spirit of the highly regarded but small company of performers who had to constantly "patch" shows together when thing went wrong (and they did - in spades!) and lived like poor church mice half the time.

Hearing about all the outrageous and glamorously lavish parties attended and famous luminaries, Royals and political leaders they met and befriended was great fun.

Good for these two for sharing such an honest account of their time together. Thank goodness for "letters from home" all these years later. Loved it!!! So proud of you, Mary xxxxx
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This would make a great film or TV series 22 juin 2014
Par Barbara Emery - Publié sur
This book is a delightful romp through Europe, the Middle East and England with a jazz ballet troupe in the early 60’s. The writers were dancers who charm the readers throughout with a breaking news clip and photos at the beginning of each chapter that trigger your own memories as it brings the culture of this liberating time alive. They leap through escapades, funny, sad and very moving with taste treats along the way that make your mouth water and groan at the thought of trying to cook a meal for the starving dancers on a makeshift brazier in a tiny hotel room.

Sally and Mary have collaborated to write Leotard 50 years later in what is a magical journey not just remembering but being there with them and the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Sasha Distal and Dionne Warwick among a cluster of musicians, rock stars, artists, politicians and world leaders. Their postcards and letters home are extremely entertaining as Sally tells her Mum all and those Mary writes are blissfully innocent and completely without any of the juicy details in order to comfort an anxious Mum. From the blistered and bleeding toes to mini skirts and stolen costumes. The fun about this book is that it also gives a subtle history lesson in a sophisticated way which provides a solid structure so you don't lose your balance in the mayhem. This is a must read and I think would make a super flim.
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Dancing through the swinging 60's 8 juillet 2014
Par Lindy Russel - Publié sur
What an era the 60's was! This is a fast moving, funny account of the adventures of two young dancers, British Sally Faverot de Kerbrech and Canadian Mary Spilsbury Ross, who toured Europe and the Middle East during those years dancing with the Jazz Ballet Rodney. These two intrepid 60's swingers rose to the challenges of the incredible variety of experiences thrown at them--the endless dancing, the new (and constantly changing) choreography, the varied and far from perfect dance venues, the diversity of the people they met (including pop stars and suitors), their interesting (and sometimes difficult) multi-nationalities colleagues, the endless rehearsing (sometimes out in the hot sun), their racy nightlife, and their struggle to actually have enough to eat and then to cook it on a tiny stove in their hotel room! A life long friendship between these two was born amongst the theatres and casinos of Cairo, Madrid, Cannes and Teheran. Whether the main show or the "avant spectacle", they gave their all and this story is a chance to go backstage with a touring dance company during a never to be forgotten era.
Whether you were part of the swinging 60's or not, this book is a fascinating tale and a must--I loved reading it and know that you will too.
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LOVED IT, LOVED IT, LOVED IT! 22 juin 2014
Par Polly M - Publié sur
What a FUN read! I felt like I was traveling with them and I couldn't put the book down until I finished it!
a great chronicle of a time long gone 18 juin 2014
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a delightful read - down to earth and not at all pseudo and pretentious like so many theatre reminiscences -.a great chronicle of a time long gone and it grabbed my attention from page one.
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