Dancing With The Stars
By Norman Borine
Fideli Publishing, Inc. 2008
Buy Link: http://dancingwiththestarsbook.com
It’s a wonderful thing to be able to live your life doing the thing you love the most and being well paid for it. Norman Borine was fortunate enough to do just that. He lived his dream. In Dancing With The Stars, Mr. Borine details his years as one of the elite, MGM contract dancers in the 1940’s. Working with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, he went from earning $100 a week to $1000 a week.
I’m one of those people who love old movies and especially those from Hollywood’s Golden Era. This was a time in film history that has never been repeated and probably never will be. Many an evening, I’ve been entertained by the big, Hollywood musicals of the forties and Norman Borine didn’t escape my notice. In my opinion he was one of the best dancers from that time period, and not just among the contract dancers, but the superstars as well.
I found Mr. Borine’s writing style fresh, emotional, and highly entertaining. Written in first person, I felt as though I was visiting with an old friend or reading a vastly interesting fiction novel. I was giving mental high fives whenever his career took a fortuitous turn and almost cried when weeks of work would end up on the cutting room floor. I was angered when one BIG break came and then was taken away by the hand of superstar. Through it all, the ups and downs, Mr. Borine seemed to take it all with a grain of salt. Even though, frustrated and disappointed at times, he never lost his cheerful optimism and remained grateful for the opportunities life granted. Always a fan of the dancer, after reading his own words, that admiration now extends to the man.
If you’re a fan of this time period or any of the many stars Mr. Borine worked with, (Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, Cyd Charisse, Fred Astair, James Dean, Frank Sinatra, to name only a few), you’ll love getting a behind the scenes look at the making of these films. You’ll also have a rare opportunity to get better acquainted with some of these stars from the prospective of someone who worked with and was considered a friend by many of them. Included in the book are many photos from the author’s personal collection, and are perfect compliments to the story.
As a tribute to Norman Borine, the author’s nephew, Bill Borine, published Dancing With The Stars posthumously. Norman Borine passed away in 2005. Family and friends sadly miss the man, but fortunately for his fans, his work lives on for all to enjoy.