Coppelia by Margot Fonteyn

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Prima ballerina Margot Fonteyn gives one last gift to the world of dance with this enchanting retelling of a classic ballet. With the vivacity and effortless grace that marked her performances, Dame Margot Fonteyn retells the story of Coppélia, a doll so lifelike and beautiful she captures the heart of a young villager--and the jealous attention of his fiancée. Completed shortly before her death in 1991, Dame Margot's Coppélia is masterfully staged by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher, whose vibrant, richly textured paintings bring to life this tale of love and the power of imagination.

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Born in Reigate, England, Margot Fonteyn (the stage name of Margaret Hookham) is thought by many critics to have been the best British dancer of the mid-twentieth century. Fonteyn began her career as a snowflake in a production of The Nutcracker with the Vic-Wells Ballet in 1931. She remained with this company, which later became the Royal Ballet, for her entire career. In 1935 she performed her first important role with the company as the lead in a revival of Frederick Ashton's Rio Grande. She created many roles with Ashton, including Le Baiser de la Fee (1935), The Haunted Ballroom (1939), Symphonic Variations (1946), and The Fairy Queen (1946). Fonteyn eventually became the Royal Ballet's foremost prima ballerina. Especially notable was her partnering with Rudolph Nureyev during a creative partnership that became legendary. An expressive, versatile performer, Fonteyn was the first ballerina of international status developed by a British ballet school and company.
Published June 1, 1985 by Hodder Children's Books. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Having danced the part of Swanilda herself, the late dancer Fonteyn knew this 19th-century ballet from the inside out. With careful pacing, she recounts the tale of a mysterious dollmaker whose finest

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Upon Swanilda's first appearance, as she happily thinks of her fianc , Franz (""she could barely keep herself from dancing instead of walking""), Fonteyn foreshadows the fateful dance, in which Swanilda, rejected by Franz in favor of Copp lia, cleverly exposes the illusion and wins back her sweet...

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