August 25. 2011 The 2nd Edition with photos is out! If you own the 1st, the update is free. But come back here to see those they did not print and I'm always glad to hear your comments: Email:
What you will see here at PART REAL-PART DREAM.COM


    The Kindle download of Part Real - Part Dream, 1st edition, is not  "photo-enabled." Eventually it will be and all who purchase will get the photos,. But until then, you can see them here, plus photos not in the book, plus videos I'd hoped could be included in a digital book, but can't yet. So I'm putting them here.  Check out the two videos on this page and come back soon  to see more.

Left: Me and Martha performing Appalachian Spring in Tokyo, 1955.

Airplane Pilot to Martha Graham Dancer

     I took my first dance lesson three months out of the U.S. Army Air Corps. That's when I learned that there was something even more fun than flying airplanes. I'd been an Army Air Corps B-17 pilot, was now back at Brooklyn College wondering about a major.  For no reason I dropped into the Martha Graham Studio in Lower Manhattan, signed up for a month of lessons. One, and I was hooked. 
    People ask, "How do you go from flying to dancing?" It was easy; both operate in  space, both demand skills and practice,  and both  give you power over a new dimension: flying of the dimension above, dancing of a dimension within. 

In the photo  left, I'm at the controls of a  Vultee Valiant, BT-13, a  "basic" trainer,  Minter Field, Bakersfield, California.  I hated Sundays because it was a day off, and we didn't fly.

Link direct to Concord ePress, and Intro by Richard Move:

And still Flying!

Miriam Cole, me, Linda Hodes
Left is my entrance as Fire, in Martha Graham's Canticles for Innocent Commedians.

Each of the twelve pages that follow has an excerpt and a picture from one chapter of my new memoir, "PART REAL-PART DREAM:Dancing with Martha Graham, Agnes deMille, Jack Cole, and others." It will be digitally published in June,  2011. I describe it briefly in the 4-minute video below.

In a few days I'll have a link to Amazon who can upload it to your Kindle Reader in seconds! For other amusing show-biz stories click the link to my web site: which has stories by me and others.

This is HOME. Links to other chapters:

go to:  Chapter 1 - Dance Lessons            Chapter 7 - TKO'd In Paris and London
            Chapter 2 - Making Dances            Chapter 8 - The Grand Tour
            Chapter 3 - On Stage!                      Chapter 9 - Asia 
            Chapter 4 - Martha                            Chapter 10 - Dance Master
            Chapter 5 - Her Little Crackers        Chapter 11 - A Dancing Fool
            Chapter 6 - Critics Say                     Chapter 12 - Post-Martha Syndrome



This is the starting position of Martha Graham's "Exercise on Six" First time I tried, it squeezed my knees,  but they soon toughened up. To see the exercise done, click the video clip below. I consider it the world's shortest dance masterpiece.