Reading: Dance While You Can by Shirley Maclaine
by Helene Malmsio
Long ago I read her book "Out on a Limb" and later her book "Don't Fall Off the Mountain" and I found them both interesting, both for her autobiography and also for her life lessons she shares, so I was enthusiastic when I began reading "Dance While You Can" by Shirley Maclaine.
But I'm frankly not sure what I make of this book. It certainly covers in great detail the day by day process of creating her 1990's stage show and the challenges and health problems she encountered.
I saw the show when Shirley performed at the Hilton in Melbourne and she was absolutely brilliant, it was such a privilege to see her perform live in a small venue like that.
And in the book she covers all the problems with shoe design and how the various parts of body eg: knees and ankles all relate to problems in specific areas of your life.
But that is just about the whole book... week after week, drama after drama, and although she does reminisce about the relationships with her mother and daughter, it basically just goes on and on about the problems with the show... and i frankly don't see the 'lessons' she reads into the events.
I just see that an idiot shoe maker didn't have the brains to realise a dancer would need more than 30% sole contact with the stage... not beveled soles as he created for her stage show.
Resultant knee damage, hip damage, ankle... on and on.
Didn't find the book illuminating at all. Pity, because I adore Shirley and reading about her journey so far.
Hopefully I'll encounter another one of her books that I'll enjoy more.
Shirley MacLaine, Oscar winner, three-time Emmy winner, and ten-time Golden Globe winner, has appeared in more than fifty films, has been nominated for an Academy Award six times, and received the Oscar for Best Actress in 1984.
A longtime outspoken advocate for civil rights and liberties, women¹s rights, and spiritual understanding, Shirley MacLaine has sold more than 20,000,000 copies of her nine international bestsellers, which include her acclaimed work The Camino.
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