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Rebel on Pointe

 A Memoir of Ballet and Broadway 

Rebel on Pointe is the inspiring story of how Lee Wilson danced her way out of the stifling suburbs of 1950s Delaware into the opera houses of Europe and onto the Broadway stage.


"Wilson has a gift for telling stories...Rebel on Pointe is one terrific read that fans of all ages will enjoy for its clear storytelling, historic perspectives and histrionic characters from someone who lived to see the status of women greatly elevated, and who was herself a part of that story.” -- Dean Speer for Critical Dance

"The culture of the ballet world is divulged in all its glorious detail. Wilson's compelling account of her training and career shows the true courage and persistence this profession requires.” -- Ali Duffy, founder and choreographer, Flatlands Dance Theatre 

"Her story of taking classes alongside Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev, being mentored by Native American ballet star Rosella Hightower and later dancing on Broadway, is captivating....Her tales of life as a young ballerina in Europe make one want to read similar musings on the rest of her career. Let’s hope there’s a sequel in the works.” -- Lisa Jo Sagolla, Mediander (Blog) 



I Danced on Broadway

 Memoir of a

 Career on Stage

In this uplifting memoir, Lee Wilson shares stories from her four decades of dancing on Broadway, with anecdotes about theatre legends including Agnes de Mille, Richard Rodgers, Michael Bennett, Donna McKechnie, and Bernadette Peters. She details the economic, political, and social events that led from the Golden Age to the slump of the early 1970s to the rejuvenation of Broadway with the huge success of A Chorus Line. Wilson’s feminist viewpoint gives readers new insight into well-known musicals and examines why Golden Age musicals are still relevant to Broadway audiences today.

This book is for musical theatre students in high schools and colleges, performers in community and regional theatre, professionals on and off-Broadway, dance moms, lovers of musical theatre, and readers who want to peek into the rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms, and hearts of Broadway dancers. 

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