Does It Really Take “84 Ribbons” To Become a Ballet Soloist?

Despite its bygone setting of 1957, young adult readers as young as 11 will likely relate to the struggles and concerns of a teen dancer just beginning in a ballet company in this sweet debut from Paddy Eger.

Two Lives are “Off Balance” in Terez Mertes Rose’s New Book

Often in the YA category, many ballet novels revolve around youthful concerns. But nuanced storytelling makes “Off Balance,” by Terez Mertes Rose a great read for adults who love books and books about dance.

From Trailer Park to Tango: When Cherie Magnus Danced on the Edge

Book review and interview with author Cherie Magnus about her memoir which chronicles her life as a young woman trying to make it as a dancer during the 1960’s in Los Angeles.

“The Walls Around Us” Keeps Readers On Their Toes

It is a rare author who can write authentically about ballet and prison. Dancers will appreciate Nova Ren Suma’s realistic depiction of teen dancers in an otherwise hyperrealistic story of murder, secrets, and suspense. Who is lying and what is the truth?

Backstage With Baryshnikov and Makarova

In 1985, Cherie Magnus was a ballet “extra” on stage with stars like Natalia Makarova and brushing elbows in the wings with Mikhail Baryshnikov. Ballet lovers will adore this insider’s look at her experiences backstage during ABT’s Romeo and Juliet.

“dancergirl” Giveaway and Book Troupe Chat

YA novels about young dance hopefuls are pretty easy to come by. Thrillers about young dance hopefuls… not so much. That’s what makes dancergirl by Carol M. Tanzman a unique find for dancers who love to read, or readers who like to dance, or just readers! What’s it about? Check out this teaser… “Ever feel like someone’s watching you? Me, too. But lately it’s been happening in my room. When I’m alone. A friend posted a video of me dancing {Read More}

Family Drama and Ballet Dreams at the Heart of YA Novel, Wish

Pretending is part of ballet but Indigo, an aspiring ballerina, is especially good at it. She presents normalcy even though her mother’s alcoholism creates drama at home. What makes Indigo so relatable? Find out in our review of Wish, by Grier Cooper.

Misty Copeland Writes About Diversity in Ballet

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

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

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”

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

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