I Was a Dancer

The autobiography of Jacques d'Amboise—who was born Joseph Ahearn in Dedham, MA, grew up on the tough streets of Washington Heights in NYC, and found his métier in the dance, under the tutelage and inspiration of George Balanchine—is, like the man himself, down-to-earth and transporting at the same time.

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