"It's what I've always wanted to do, to show the laughter, the fun, the joy of dance." ~Martha Graham

Sunday, September 19, 2010

3 Great, Ballet Related Books!

So I've already done leotard reviews, now onto book summaries!

Marie, Dancing- Carolyn Meyer
Marie, Dancing is a book about a young girl named Marie (duh) who grew up during The French Revolution. She lives with her Mother and two sisters, 1 older, 1 younger. Marie and sisters all dance for the Paris Opera. Unfortunately, Marie's mother has a serious drinking problem,  and her sister becomes a selfish criminal, it takes a ton of courage and strength to for Marie to get through life. Later on, Marie is offered a job posing for Edgar Degas and also, a  promise from him to make her a star!

This book is a FABULOUS book, but it is also extremely sad. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

To Dance, a ballerina's graphic novel- Siena Cherson
To Dance is a great auto biography about a girl growing up, wanting to be a dancer. It talks all about the way dancers see the world, the stress of school with dance on top of it, and the life as a student at The School of American Ballet. It is a graphic novel (like a comic book!) so it's heavy on pictures and light on words (my kind of book!  It does have a story line, which I'll leave to you as a surprise!

This is yet another AMAZING book, I give it 4 out of 5 stars!

A Very Young Dancer- Jill Krementz
A Very Young Dancer is all about a little girl named Stephanie who dances at The School of American Ballet. She talks all about what it's like to be a dancer, and go to ballets, and in the second half of the book, she talks all about being cast as Mary in the Nut Cracker! This book has GORGEOUS photographs! Unfortunately, it is out of print, so it's hard to find copies of.

This is my all time favorite ballet book! I give it 5 out of 5 stars!

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