Allegra Kent joined the New York City Ballet at the age of fifteen and, only two years later, inspired Balanchine's unforgettable The Unanswered Question. Beautiful, sensuous, and mysterious, she quickly became an essential Balanchine dancer-and the story of her personal life is as dramatic as they story of her rise to fame. Her account of a bizarre childhood, a magnificent if curious dance career, a charged, complicated domestic life with photographer Bert Stern, and a never-ending struggle with emotional, physical, and financial pressures is fascinating-as are her portraits of the other great dance figures who punctuated her life, from Balanchine to Baryshnikov.
"In [George Balanchine's] garden of unearthly delights, Allegra Kent was the most enchanting bloom of all...Through Kent's own wise and courageous recollections...we see her unique spirit, and almost see again her glorious dancing." --Vanity Fair
"[Kent's] writing is as varied, lucid, and troubling as her dancing...To ask whether she knows how much she has inadvertently told us is merely to frame one more time the terms of her peculiar mystery...Her book is another Allegra Kent performance." --The Wall Street Journal
"As distinctly riveting as she ever was on stage." --Dance Magazine