Turning Pages: Timeless “Ballerina”


Set in New York City in the late 70s in the world of ballet when Misha was a household name and Balanchine ruled, “Ballerina” is an older novel offered on a new platform. Find out what Leigh thinks of this ballet book in her review.

“Astonish Me”: “The Turning Point” of Ballet Novels

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Summer is around the corner. Will you put the ballet novel, “Astonish Me” on your dance fiction reading list? Read this review and decide.

Three Novels, Three Authors, One “Boxed” Set

Behind Barres Boxed Set

Releasing September 14, the Behind Barres eBook set features three distinct, entertaining stories of pre-professional dance life by three different authors, all written for a teenage audience. Find out more about the collection in this review by Heather Desaulniers.

Summer Dance (the novel) Giveaway

Summer Dance by Lynn Swanson

Experience the highs and lows of a summer of dancing at Lakewood with Sara and her fictional friends (and rivals). Win Summer Dance by Lynn Swanson in our 800th post giveaway and pack this gem in your summer intensive suitcase.

Summer Dance: Fiction With Real Insight And Heart

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In the midst of tough competition and authentic episodes of teenage drama, Lynn Swanson’s characters learn and demonstrate ways to get along and work together. This timeless “young adult” novel will appeal to both non-dancers and dancers alike.

Read “The Nutcracker” Any Time Of Year With Your Child

Nutcracker: A Magic Theatre Book

Each ballet company has its own interpretation of The Nutcracker story. Expand your collection of picture books covering this classic holiday ballet.

Dream A Little Dream – Dance Gifts For The Holidays

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Catherine Tully of 4dancers.org shares six dance gifts that have made her holiday list this year. Socks, scents, and a fantastically cool photography book. Are these on your list, too?

Classic Storybook A Perfect Prelude To The Nutcracker Ballet

Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann, Illustrated by Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak illustrates this stunning hardcover version of the classic tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Hoffmann’s story and Sendak’s drawings are a perfect prelude to the beloved Christmas ballet.

Documenting Dance History: Two DVD Musts For Your Collection

Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance DVD

A brief look at two documentary films that will inspire and educate your dance students. Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance and Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob’s Pillow are engaging, informative, essential for any dance program library, and readily available to anyone who is a fan of dance.

Add “the Cranes Dance” To Your Summer Reading List


Gwen and Kate are sisters in the same ballet company. Gwen has left New York to be with her family in Michigan and a palpable, angry silence has developed between she and her sister, Kate. “the Crane Dance” an upcoming novel by Meg Howrey follows their personal and professional struggles with “flair, wit and honesty,” says our guest reviewer. Put this one on your summer reading list!

From Ballet to the Barnyard: Picture Books in 2011


Looking through the list of dance-related picture books that were released in the United States in 2011, three unique categories of books stand out. Picture Books & Pirouettes blogger, Kerry Aradhya looks at little ballerina characters who could give Angelina a run for her money, Spanish and Latin American dance, and books that explore the joy of movement.

Grace Makes Beauty Out Of Ugly Things

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Four years ago, a young dancer, Melinda Marchiano was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. She’s transformed her confrontation with cancer into something beautiful, documenting her path through diagnosis, treatment, and recovery in a memoir, Grace: A Child’s Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery, which she published in October, 2010. Melinda talks with DA about cancer, her book, and her future plans.