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New York City in 1907 is a kingdom of endless possibilities for anyone who dares to dream. The Gilded Age has ended, and immigrants fill the bustling streets. The glamour of Broadway lures those who desire the limelight-but only a few are fortunate enough to thrive in the lights of a city that casts long, dark, and merciless shadows...

Pepper MacClair and her mother arrive
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Paperback, 333 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Berkley Books
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DeAnna
Apr 19, 2013 DeAnna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I love all my book babies, so of course I think it's 5-star!
Yes, I'm the author and I hope you'll forgive my enthusiasm, but I am thrilled to share this story about a young vaudeville dancer with a sharp tongue, big dreams and a wardrobe full of quirky costume castoffs, and I hope you'll join her as she fights for her stage dreams, squares off with the notorious impresario Florenz Ziegfeld, and finally learns the meaning of true love.

Here's what some early readers have said:

“Old New York comes
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Tara Chevrestt
Dancing at the Chance is about the last day of Vaudeville, when moving pictures began to destroy the stage. We have a young dancer, an orphan who lives in the theater, dreaming of...I'd say being a successful dancer, but she can't seem to focus...of running her own show. She's free with criticism/suggestions and doesn't get along with the manager.


She's rebellious yet also naive. She thinks a fine man is going to marry her and while I could tell from the get-go he only intended to make her a mist
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Emery Lee
In turn-of-the century New York, the Chance Theatre, once a crowning glory of vaudeville has become a dull grey shadow of its former self. Following the retirement of its original owner, the motley troupe of vaudevillians struggle to keep its doors open under poor stage direction and worse fiscal management while its audience is lured away by the glamorous Ziegfeld Follies and the newfangled flicker pictures. In DANCING AT THE CHANCE, author Deanna Cameron resurrects this vaguely familiar and by ...more
Rebecca
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and was so excited to read it! I loved this book! Highly entertaining and so different than what I have been reading....such a treat!

This would have been a five and a half star read for me except I felt the book needed just a bit more romance. Thank you DeAnna Cameron for writing such an entertaining book!
Lorraine Mitchell
I really enjoyed this book. The story took place in 1907. The Chance is a vaudvill theater and the people involved with running the show, and the people performing in the show. It was a fast read with a little different story than usual. Would recommend it to my friends and will look for more books by this author.
Patty
I did not have the honor of reading Ms. Cameron's first book, The Belly Dancer, but I am going to add it to my ever so long wish list. It is a prequel of sorts (from what I can glean) to Dancing at the Chance as the main character made a large impact on the heroine here, Pepper MacClair (don't you just love that name?)


Pepper lives at The Chance theatre and it is all she knows. She is young, very young and as with all young women she thinks she knows everything. She is a very well drawn characte
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Amanda
New York City in the early twentieth century was a place of dreams, glitz, glamor and, most importantly, opportunity. The city is swarming with people looking for a new life, including Pepper MacCalir and her mother. The pair are penniless, but still harbor dreams of a better life. Pepper works as a vaudeville dancer at a rundown theatre called The Chance, though she's only a chorus girl. That is, until she finds an unexpected road to the city's elite, opportunities that could take her career to ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Another day, another great historical fiction read! Dancing at the Chance is the story mostly about Pepper MacClair, a chorus girl and dancer who finally feels at home at The Chance theater. Her mother and her came to New York City penniless and Pepper is finally feeling like she might just be able to get up on her own feet. The Chance is run down and in danger of being no more, a fate that Pepper absolutely cannot fathom. It's also about vaudeville as a whole kind of going out of fashion and st ...more
Cheryl

Initial reaction: Historical fiction! WHOO! (cue music) In New York! Concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there’s nothing you can’t do! Seriously. For the main character in this book, there’s nothing she can’t do. I love Old New York. This book was so sassy, classy, and dancey. Great, great fun.



New York City in 1907 is a hopping place where dreams come true and anything is possible. DeAnna Cameron’s Dancing at The Chance centers on Pepper MacClair, a dancer at a failing vaudeville theater,

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Peggy
Dancing at the Chance is based in the 1907's around a live theatre group. The books has such interesting characters that you are never bored with all the situations going on. I didn't have an opportunity to read her first book but will for sure get it and read it also. This book gave you enough of the past so you had no problem keeping with the story. Good job!
Marianne
Wonderful historical book about vaudeville and the people who were part of it. Made you feel like one of the theater family. Good description of the times and lifestyle. I thoroughly enjoyed the read and step back into an era of entertainment. I want to thank DeAnna Cameron for the ARC book and the great story.
Christy English
Dancing at the Chance took me back to Old New York, when vaudeville was still produced and Ziegfeld was king. In her second novel, DeAnna Cameron brings the world of 1900's theatre to vibrant life. Part circus, part Shakespeare, part Arabian nights, the Chance Theatre is a place I would love to visit again.
Shannan/GirlsInTheStacks.com
cute! I loved the history but needed more romance. ;-)
Dark Faerie Tales
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Quick & Dirty: A heartwarmingly beautiful story of loss, love and talent.

Opening Sentence: For a full half hour the stage manager sat on a stool near the footlights, his fingers curled on the hooked head of his cane, silently watching the vaudeville players at morning rehearsal.

The Review:

Picture, if you will, early twentieth century New York City. Back before terrorism, before the Great Depression, or even the Roaring Twenties. Back to the days of stage p
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Kathleen Kelly
Dancing at the Chance is a wonderful old fashioned type of novel with engaging characters that you just want to love or hate...vaudeville, a very difficult occupation to have, especially if your theater is not doing the best as is the case with The Chance. Poor management and poor acts can mean the death of a theater. Hard work and little pay is what a person who wants to be in the limelight gets. Pepper MacClair desperately wants to pay back all the hard work that her mother put into the succes ...more
Chelsea
I was looking for something light and enjoyable and I certainly found it in 'Dancing at the chance.' Something about this book drew me to it. I tend to favour more serious historical novels but sometimes I love a bit of fluff.

Dancing at the chance follows a young woman named Pepper who dances at the once grand Chance theater. She is one dancer among many who longs for her big break. When her past lover, who also happens to have inherited the theater returns she hopes to get a more prominent rol
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Siobian
Pepper MacClair is living out her dream: dancing in a live stage show at the Chance Theater where she grew up. When she and her mother arrived from Scotland penniless, they were taken in at the Chance and given a room backstage while her mother worked as seamstress. Pepper grew up watching the chorus girls dance in the bright lights, and though the theatre is past its prime, she knows that there is no where else she belongs. When Robert DeGraff returns to take over the theater from his aging and ...more
Holly P
In this charming novel, DeAnna Cameron shines the spotlight on the world of vaudeville theatre in the early 1900's. I knew next to nothing about this realm of entertainment going in but I really liked experiencing it through the eyes of Pepper MacClair-a young woman who wants nothing more than to be a part of the excitement at The Chance. She finally gets her shot by scoring a spot as part of a dance trio but it seems no matter how hard she tries she cannot please Harland Stanley, the overbearin ...more
Bookworm
I have to say author DeAnna Cameron instantly transported me to old New York City in the early 1900's with her fantastic novel Dancing At The Chance. I LOVED visiting this vaudeville theater and getting acquainted with these characters.

What I enjoyed about Dancing At The Chance is that I really felt like I was in the midst of the Chance Theater and experiencing all of the goings on within its walls. I felt like I should have been eating popcorn as I read.

Pepper MacClair is a vaudeville chorus
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Angie Kregg
I was happy to receive a copy of this book through the FirstReads program.

Being a fan of historical novels, I was thrilled to have been chosen to review Dancing At The Chance. And being a dancer and theater girl myself, I was really excited to see how Ms. Cameron depicted the atmosphere of early 20th century vaudeville.

I was not disappointed in the slightest. Ms. Cameron brought the vitality, dedication, struggles and triumphs of theater to vivid life, and since she uses the medium of pen and pa
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Misty
I like Vaudeville. If it wasn't on my list of buzzwords, it should be. I guess it's kind of a subheading under Circus, which is all under the umbrella of Spectacle, and I loveSpectacle. Which is why, even though this is somewhat out of the realm of books I'd normally accept for review, I accepted it. (I mean, early 1900s Old NYC vaudeville? Don't mind if I do!) And though I definitely liked Cameron's view of vaudeville as it sort of crumbles into the past, the rest of the book left me feeling so ...more
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
This is an easy, predictable, and fun historical novel set in New York City in the early 1900s. The book follows Pepper MacClair, an orphan and dancer at a dying vaudeville theater, and her colleagues there: stagehands, retired acts, other dancers, and the theater owner's son. From the arrival of the theater owner's son, it's obvious what the triangle and drama is meant to be, but there's some satisfaction in the story unfolding as anticipated.

The romance wasn't particularly sweeping but it was
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Gaile
This novel is divided between the viewpoint of two characters, Pepper MacClair and Gregory Creighton. It revolves around the Chance Theater in New York city. Both character had grown up in this theater, lived in it still and called it home but the wonder who had built it up was now old and the building was disintegrating around while movie pictures were beginning to shove Vaudeville shows out.
Gregory loves to tinker and is very interested in the cameras for the new moving pictures. Pepper thinks
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Emily Lund
I won this book free through goodreads giveaways. I have to say I was annoyed by the beginning of the novel. The main character, Pepper seemed truly convince of her happily ever after that i had to force myself not to face palm everytime she mentioned Robert. I truly enjoyed the other perspectives, especially Gregory, it was wonderfully to see how much he cares for Pepper. I was also surprised to find out about Em, although I kinda suspected something that nature when Pepper spoke of her mother ...more
Tabetha Waite
I enjoyed the premise of this novel. Struggling, vaudeville theatre in old New York; bold heroine, Pepper MacClaire, who wants to save a dying era; and a full cast of other characters, from a rich, self-centered heir to a devoted, shy, hero who finally gains the heart of our star. However, I thought there were times when the 'history lesson' made the story drag on. I liked the overall picture the author was trying to portray around the turn of the 20th century, where the moving pictures and 'fli ...more
Theresa
Dancing at the Chance
by: DeAnna Cameron

I won this book from a Goodreads/ First reads giveaway

This book is set in the early 1900's in New York City's The Chance Theatre. This is a Vaudeville type theater and the author is great at making it all come alive. The characters are all wonderful but the main character is Pepper MacClair. she's in the chorus line and has been around vaudeville since coming to America as a small child. Her love interest is the owners son, Robert DeGraff who has come back
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Shauna
From the first page, Dancing at the Chance pulled me into the exotic, exciting world of the Chance vaudeville theater, a world of dancing dolls, dashing dachshunds, and a deadly dull lecturer who clears the theater for the next show.

I loved Pepper MacClair's enthusiasm. She throws herself with gusto at love, at dancing, and at making the Chance vaudeville theater the best it can be.

I also loved the fresh characters and setting. One of the things Cameron does excellently is to choose interesting
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Alisha
I won this book through a goodreads first-reads contest
Great book with good storyline and characters that made you smile. The main character Pepper is realistically naive with a really good coming of age side-story. I kinda wished there was more dancing in this book, as it's in the title, but it's there a bit. The love story could have been a bit more realistic, as it felt there was no real build-up for those of reading. It could have done with more reminiscing on past experiences and things lik
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Maya
I have mixed feelings about this book. It started off quite entertaining, then bogged down in vaudeville act descriptions that didn't move the store forward fast enough. Then it redeemed itself with a strong, faster paced, entertaining middle. But just when things were good, it became totally Hollywood with a series of improbable events that made the reader feel good with a classic "surprise" twist that wasn't a surprise because taking the Hollywood style route of story telling for the last thir ...more
Victoria Vane
In turn-of-the century New York, the Chance Theatre, once a crowning glory of vaudeville has become a dull grey shadow of its former self. Following the retirement of its original owner, the motley troupe of vaudevillians struggle to keep its doors open under poor stage direction and worse fiscal management while its audience is lured away by the glamorous Ziegfeld Follies and the newfangled flicker pictures. In DANCING AT THE CHANCE, author Deanna Cameron resurrects this vaguely familiar and by ...more
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DeAnna Cameron writes romance and historical fiction featuring feisty heroines transformed by true love and belly dance — the oldest and most exciting dance form in the world. Her novels have been translated into Japanese, Polish, and Serbian, and her work has been praised for its “deft prose, energetic characters and . . . colorful images” by RT Book Reviews and called “most entertaining” by the ...more
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