Dancing was her life. Until a paralyzing virus threatened to shatter her dreams. As a young girl, Agota intends to become a professional ballerina in Budapest, but her dream is shattered when she contracts polio. Through gruesome therapy and iron willpower, she learns to dance again, making a living as a dancer in Canada after her home country erupts in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.
Forever on Pointe: A True Story
Forever on Pointe: A True Story is the fascinating account of one woman’s ever-evolving journey from the intense world of professional ballet to the bloody streets of the Hungarian Revolution to the glittering nightclubs of Montreal. In this intimate and revealing memoir, Agota Gabor shares how grit and determination allowed her to attain her wildest dreams.
Agota forges ahead to achieve a prosperous and dynamic life, working as a chorus girl in Montreal casinos and nightclubs. But she wants more than just the glitz and glam. After going back to school, Agota becomes a television journalist and works with her foreign-correspondent husband as they live the expat life, traveling across the world from Hong Kong to Jakarta to London. Agota’s roller-coaster life continues as a mother and a businesswoman, as she runs a successful communications firm and makes a killing in real estate.
“Honest, uplifting, funny, and generous, Agota Gabor’s memoir captures a unique and enthusiastic woman whose life is an inspiring journey of hope and courage.” — The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Former Governor General of Canada
“I LOVED this book. It’s simply amazing—what a roller-coaster life of highs and lows, triumph and tragedy. Agota Gabor is a fine writer.” —Charles Pachter, artist