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"Through her extraordinary, detailed descriptions, de Mille makes one see, hear, feel, amd sometimes even smell the environments and situations she describes. Overall, the book is of tremendous value in that it brings Agnes de Mille "back to the table" for conversation and appreciation of her remarkable contributions to the dance field, particularly in the United States."
"Leaps in the Dark, scrupulously edited by dance critic Mindy Aloff, includes excerpts from eight of de Mille's books, her essays and her review of the London premiere of George Balanchine's revolutionary ballet "Prodigal Son." Aloff leads into each of de Mille's writings with a thoughtful introduction that places the text in its historical and cultural context. Mindy Aloff deserves credit for resurrecting de Mille's writing from its premature tomb. The publication of Leaps in the Dark once again makes these important historical documents available to students and devotees of ballet, dance and musical theater."
--Washington Independent Review of Books
"This excellent collection of de Mille's writing documents the growth and historical development of 20th-century American ballet, modern dance, and dance on Broadway and in Hollywood films as seen through the eyes of one of the US's most prolific choreographers and authors. Aloff chooses wisely in selecting excerpts from de Mille's previously published books; the book provides invaluable discursive, thought-provoking contextual information and artistic insights about individual leaders in the development of American dance during the 20th century. Aloff's many enlightening and entertaining introductions provide artistic and cultural context for the pieces included. In providing some of the best of the prolific de Mille, Aloff creates a chronicle that illustrates de Mille's personal growth in conjuction with the development of American dance."