Misty Copeland Writes About Diversity in Ballet

Life in Motion, a memoir by Misty Copeland

A brown swan in the very white world of ballet, Misty Copeland painted her skin a different color in order to play roles in Giselle and Sylvia. 1957? 1977? Nope – 2007. Leigh Purtill looks at Misty’s memoir Life in Motion.

Dance Advantage Holiday Giftlist

Dolman short-sleeve from designer4dance

From my closet and bookshelf to yours. Check out these products for the dancers on your holiday gift-giving list.

Drawing the Curtains on Act 1: Jenifer Ringer’s Memoir

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Did you know that years before “Sugarplumgate,” Jenifer Ringer had been fired and re-hired by NYCB? Leigh reviews “Dancing Through It,” Ringer’s revealing memoir. Get to know the ballerina you thought you knew.

Turning Pages: Timeless “Ballerina”

Ballerina-Kindle-Edition

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

astonish me novel

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.

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