I saw that the season finale of Bunheads just happened and I'm still (im)patiently awaiting Season 3 of Dance Academy** so I know there are some hardcore dance nuts out there who love all things dance. Years ago in another body in another lifetime, I was a dancer and spent 11 years in a ballet school and then danced on a national competition squad for 7 years. I love all things dance. Especially since when I bust a move, it's leaning over in my office chair to get the Twix I dropped and completely busting my rear. True story. Okay, enough sharing time. Here are some dance books to whet your appetite and keep you dance happy for a little while!
(ISBN: 006005701X, HarperCollins, 2005)
(ISBN: 0670013197, Viking/Penguin, 2011)
I haven't read Someday Dancer by Sarah Rubin yet, but I LOVE the cover art! Reminds me so much of Dance Academy!
From Goodreads: Casey
Quinn has got more grace in her pinkie toe than all those prissy
ballet-school girls put together, even if you'd never guess it from the
looks of her too-long legs and dirty high-top sneakers. It's 1959, and
freckle-faced Casey lives in the red-dust countryside of South Carolina.
She's a farm girl: Her family can't afford ballet lessons. But Casey's
dream is to dance in New York City. And if anyone tries to stand in her
way, she's going to pirouette and jeté right over them!
got the grit, and Casey's got the grace: Is that enough to make it in
Manhattan someday? Or might the Big Apple have something even better in
mind? When she meets a visionary choreographer she calls "Miss Martha,"
Casey's ballerina dream takes a thoroughly, thrillingly modern twist!
(ISBN: 0545393782, Chicken House/Scholastic Inc., 2012)
(ISBN: 037321040X, Harlequin, 2011)
This isn't a book about what
really happens at a dance academy. This isn't a book about ballet.
Yes, these things play a big role in the book, but there is much more to it all. Georgia is a young, inexperienced in the
ways of the world, girl who has just been admitted into a ballet
academy. It is obvious during the first few chapters before she enters
the academy that because she is so involved in ballet and her dance
classes, that she is no where near as mature as her other 9th grade
classmates. Because her family ignores her, except for an older
sister, Georgia only knows things by witnessing actions of her friends
or by doing a GOOGLE search on sex. Thus, her inexperience paired with a
lack of familial support and attention leads her to mistake an male
teacher's attention with romantic prospects. I am fairly
certain that many teenage girls witness a longing for an older man around
this age. The giggly feeling of coming into womanhood and the looks
from older boys would lead any girl to this conclusion that those who
look MUST be interested. This book is a wonderful representation
of a troubled teenager's misguided decisions and I really enjoyed the book.
(ISBN: 0385668767, Doubleday Canada, 2011)
*For you Dance Academy lovers, season 3 began filming on Monday and will air in mid-2013! I love this show so much! And if you haven't fallen victim to this show yet, all episodes of seasons 1 and 2 are on Netflix Streaming. Prepare to spend the next few weeks glued to your TV and bring tissues.
Also, check out this Yalsa list of Fabulous Films for Young Adults 2012: Song and Dance