Magazine article Dance Magazine

No Daughter of Mine Is Going to Be a Dancer: Dancing for Agnes De Mille and the Giants of Dance in the 40's

Magazine article Dance Magazine

No Daughter of Mine Is Going to Be a Dancer: Dancing for Agnes De Mille and the Giants of Dance in the 40's

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No Daughter of Mine is Going to Be a Dancer: Dancing for Agnes de Mille and the Giants of Dance in the 40's By Sharry Traver Underwood. Charleston, SC. Published by the author. 2012. 372 pages, Illustrated. Paper. $15.95.

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Noel Coward gave us the song "Don't Put Your Daughter on the Stage, Mrs. Worthington." Now Sharry Traver Underwood has given us No Daughter of Mine is Going to Be a Dancer. It was her father's viewpoint. But she left home in the artistically exciting but financially sketchy 1940s to ricochet between dance classes, performing (with Ted Shawn and many others), teaching, and a potpourri of outside jobs.

It was a hard existence, but Underwood's account is liberally flavored with humor. She must also have kept voluminous notes over the years. Her descriptions of the works in which she danced are so clear and enticing that the reader feels like jumping up to try them. …

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