Dancing Toward Sanity


After surviving physical, emotional and sexual abuse at home, Jeff Slayton went on to become what one Los Angeles dance critic called a Modern Dance icon.  Although his career included dancing with the Merce Cunningham and Viola Farber dance companies in New York and running his own company in LA, Slayton was haunted by his childhood and turned to alcohol to try and ease that emotional pain.  Dancing Toward Sanity is about his struggle with addiction and how dancing helped him to stay alive and sane.  This book is also about hope and how victims of physical abuse and incest need to know that they are not alone, that the abuse was not their fault, and that there are ways to get help.

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The Prickly Rose
A Biography of Viola Farber


A dancer’s dancer, choreographer, and a world renowned teacher, Viola Farber’s legacy of movement still lives on in the muscles of every dancer who was fortunate enough to study with her.  Born in Germany in 1931, and trained as a pianist most of her youth, Farber switched to dancing after meeting Merce Cunningham at Black Mountain College, and was a founding member of his company.  The Prickly Rose gives the reader an insight into the woman, the artist, her teaching and her choreography.  It follows her career from a “Stage Coach Lovely” in a bar in New Jersey, to becoming one of the most beloved modern dance legends of her generation.

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