Dancing was her life. Until a paralyzing virus threatened to shatter her dreams. 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. 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.
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.
A tale of irrepressible courage, of daring to dream and dream big, no matter the odds.
I am LOVING your book. Simply amazing – what a roller coaster life of ups and downs, highs and lows, triumphs and tragedy. You are a fine writer.
Agota speaks of her love of ballet, young dreams and triumphs over tragedy. How all she learned from dance, helped her build a dynamic new life. An inspiring story!
Inspiring & Engaging! Although polio crushed her ballerina dreams, Agota Gabor’s steely determination saw her reaching for a high bar all of her life: surviving war and revolution in her Hungarian homeland, and after escaping to Canada reinventing herself several times to scale the heights of media and business.
Forever On Pointe: A True Story (Glissade Productions, April 2022), is a fascinating account of a journey from the intense world of professional ballet to the bloody streets of the Hungarian Revolution to the glittering nightclubs of Montreal.
Gabor takes readers on the adventure of her life and paints a rich historical picture of the world at the time.
Honest, uplifting, funny and generous, Agota Gabor’s memoirs capture a unique and enthusiastic woman whose life is an inspiring journey of hope and courage.
I was interviewed by Authority Magazine last December and we discussed five things you can do to become more resilient during turbulent times.
Post-COVID, Post-Polio: Let’s not make the same mistakes! An article that I wrote for the Elephant Journal regarding long-term Covid effects was just published a few days ago.
I was interviewed by Releasing Trauma Podcast, which brings together trauma experts and survivors to remind the listener, that there is life after trauma. I talk about my memoir “Forever On Pointe” and my experience of contracting polio and how I persevered afterwards.
What is the best advice your grandmother or grandfather have given you?
Social Dads has listed my Life Tips in a recent article. These are life lessons that I personally experienced and share the stories in my recent memoir to inspire my 16 year old grand-daughter. I hope that you consider these tips also!