Lise Friedman danced for Merce Cunningham from 1977 to 1984, and is the author of two Children's Book of the Month Club selections (First Lessons in Ballet and Break a Leg! The Kids? Guide to Acting and Stagecraft); Alvin Ailey Dance Moves!; and co-author of Letters to Juliet.
While Merce always determined where he was going, he was simultaneously alert and responsive to the material at hand: a freighter gliding by on the Hudson, a headline hed glanced at in that mornings New York Times, a dancer stretching her leg up the wall.