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Someday Dancer

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  504 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
A ballerina tale with a thoroughly modern twist!

Casey Quinn has got more grace in her pinkie toe than all those prissy ballet-school girls put together, even if you'd never guess it from the looks of her too-long legs and dirty high-top sneakers. It's 1959, and freckle-faced Casey lives in the red-dust countryside of South Carolina. She's a farm girl: Her family can't affo
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Chicken House (first published January 3rd 2011)
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C.P. Cabaniss
Apr 14, 2016 C.P. Cabaniss rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
DNF at page 81

I was buddy reading this with my sister and neithet of us could get into it. We finally just decided to put it down.

The novel is told in first person from the main character (I can't remember her name). I was confused as to how old she was supposed to be. Her dad supposedly died when she was 2 ten years before, but she's only a few months away from high school. It just didn't add up. She also read like a very young character, which I wasn't expecting. She read more like and 8-10 y
Sep 25, 2011 Jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book starts off like other standard YA ballet works. A young girl, with no training, aspires to be a prima ballerina and must beat the snooty other dancer in her class who can afford lessons and the like. Casey, our narrator, is poor and loves to dance everywhere but can't afford to go to a ballet school. She believes she's ready to attend the American School of Ballet in NYC, and although she has never done her tendus and fondues and grand battements in a classroom, she has 'checked out ev ...more
Apr 14, 2014 Anna rated it really liked it
It was a great book. It took some time to get in to the book but it got there.

I do not recommend this book to people who like violence or hard core but to people who like dance, drama, hard work, and music. I personally do not like dance but really this is about determination and how to live out your dreams with the ups and downs.
Mikayla Lynn
Feb 27, 2013 Mikayla Lynn rated it really liked it
I read Someday Dancer. I almost feel like I was meant to read this book. When I was looking for a book, I picked up one and right next to it was this book! Mrs. Rose said that this book is new to the library. No wonder I haven't read it yet! It's like it was made for me. It is historical fiction and about dancing.

The main character (Casey) really wants to become a dancer but her family can't afford to put her in dance. Her dad died in World War II, so they don't have money for things like bal
Aug 16, 2012 Dorian rated it liked it
When I was young, I used to want to be a ballerina. That idea was tossed out after about a month, but I'm still always amazed by ballerinas. When I read the synopsis on the cover, I got kind of excited to read this novel. It took me a little bit to become fully engrossed in the book, but I basically finished the entire book in one sitting.

Reasons to Read:

1.Casey's Determined Nature:

One of the main drives in the book is how much Casey is determined to become a dancer in New York. She is willing
Jan 19, 2013 爱心❤ rated it liked it
The book reminded me of those ballerina books that you read when you're seven. The plot was similar - a girl want's to become a dancer but can't due to whatever. In this case, her family was poor and couldn't pay for her lessons.

There is also an antagonist who is, well, very antagonist-y. In real life, good and bad is not so separate. But they were too black-and-white in the book. And then at the end the antagonist becomes good. Because it has to have a happy ending, however impossible.

The main
Jade Walker
Jul 02, 2011 Jade Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is a children's book aimed at ages 9+, though totally suitable for kids younger than that. Because of this, the book is not very deep and emotional and is pretty much a happy, cute read. The book is also quite enjoyable for teen and adult readers as well, though I wouldn't recommend it if you're looking for something deep.

I liked this book for the simplicity of it, the characters are simple, the narration is simple and the story is a
Jan 03, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it
To be honest, I thought this was going to be a little cheesy. Awwww, a poor girl wants to be a dancer? And yeah, okay, so maybe part of it was. But it wasn't instant gratification. It was about how dreams take a lot of work to accomplish, how sometimes disappointments will happen, but we need to work through them anyway, and how sometimes dreams change in ways you never expected.

It was about the amount of emotion we put into art--painting and dancing in this story--and how that emotion is what m
Mar 19, 2016 Anusha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book really is very close to my heart.

I read it when I was 10-11 years old and it still has a place in my bookshelf at home. There are just some books you can't forget about your whole life, and for me, this is one of them.
This was literally the book that got me into reading. It is a beautiful story about a poor girl of a hand-to-mouth existence who just wants to dance but doesn't even know herself. In the hustling-bustling city of New York, she finds friendship, follows her dreams and fin
Feb 19, 2016 Aubree rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book!

I picked this book up because it was in the historical fiction section at my library (and the cover was pretty and that was a plus of course), and when I cracked it open, I couldn't put it down! Literally! I read this book straight through in five hours (But I'm a really fast reader)! I am NOT a dancer and when it comes to grace... I could trip on an ant. I still really felt an emotional connection to Casey Quinn, and because of the way the book was written, I felt like I c
Nadine Peterman
This book it amazing! I'm a dancer so this ties to me and something I would like to do in the future. It's about a girl who wants to dance in NYC, which I would like to do in my future and this book it super interesting about her trying to accomplish her dreams.
Harshita Nair
May 25, 2015 Harshita Nair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An inspiring book.

Casey, the main character, is determined to achieve her dream despite people making fun of her. The book has many funny moments to rejoice, but it's motivational book for those who pursue a dream.

Recommend for all young girls!
Sep 24, 2012 Isabelle rated it it was amazing
A really inspiring story all about shooting for the stars and chasing your dreams. I really like the descriptions of how dancing felt for her!
Kate G.
Sep 17, 2013 Kate G. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was a wonderful novel. I finished this book in one day because I couldn't put it down! I would recommend this book to anyone who likes dance or just likes good descripted books!
Cliche. I gave up before Casey met Martha Graham, so maybe I missed out on the better half.
Hope Cannode
Mar 09, 2017 Hope Cannode rated it really liked it
"Someday Dancer By:Sarah Rubin" A young pour girl who falls in love with dance as a young child. All of the popular girls at her school on this really expensive dance company that Casey really wants to go to. But she cant because she just lives with her mom and they barley have enough money to put food on the table. Later on in the book she gets bullied by a girl her age named "Miss Pris Annie lee", who makes fun of her dancing skills and about how poor she is. Casey and Annie Lee's parents get ...more
Ricarda Scola
Oct 29, 2013 Ricarda Scola rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Casey hat einen Traum: sie will Tänzerin werden. Doch das ist gar nicht so leicht. Aufgewachsen in ärmlichen Verhältnissen, müssen Casey, ihre Mama und ihre Omi für jeden Cent hart arbeiten – da fällt Tanzunterricht nicht in den Rahmen des Möglichen. Aber davon lässt Casey sich nicht entmutigen: sie tanzt anstatt zu laufen, sogar in der Schule und auf der Arbeit lebt sie ihre Leidenschaft. Eines Tages kommt ihre Chance und sie hat die Möglichkeit, in New York zu einem Vortanzen zu gehen.

Casey hat einen ganz großen Traum: Sie möchte Tänzerin werden. Doch für Ballettunterricht hat die Familie kein Geld, weshalb sie jeden Morgen ihr eigenes Training absolviert. Als Casey von dem Vortanzen für die Ballett-Akademie in New York erfährt, weiß sie sofort: Sie wird dorthin gehen und vortanzen. Das ist ihre große Chance, auf die sie so lange gewartet hat! Doch der Weg dorthin ist alles andere als einfach, wie Casey schmerzlich erfahren muss.

Erster Satz:

Rat-a-tat-tat, meine Füße tr
Kimberly Brandley
Feb 22, 2017 Kimberly Brandley rated it it was amazing
A young pour girl who falls in love with dance as a young child. All of the popular girls at her school on this really expensive dance company that Casey really wants to go to. But she cant because she just lives with her mom and they barley have enough money to put food on the table. Later on in the book she gets bullied by a girl her age named "Miss Pris Annie lee", who makes fun of her dancing skills and about how poor she is. Casey and Annie Lee's parents get together and solve a solution to ...more
Mar 07, 2017 Kati rated it it was amazing
I thought that this book was good. It wasn't hard to understand, I wasn't too easy for me to read either. I thought that it had a good plot and story line to it. The way it flowed was also good.
Oct 21, 2016 Hannah rated it liked it
Someday Dancer frustrates me greatly. I wanted so badly to love it because... it's about dance! It's about a girl who can't afford ballet school but "makes it" anyways!! New York!!!

First of all, the actual book was fine. The characters were alright, though I was extremely annoyed by Casey's stubborn nature at times. In particular, when Ann-Lee was trying to be nice but nooo, Casey didn't have a drop of forgiveness in her. Holding grudges isn't (should I be saying ain't?) good for you, Miss Quinn
Aug 29, 2014 Liralen rated it really liked it
Casey wants nothing more than to dance. It's 1959 in South Carolina, and her family is poor—far too poor to afford lessons for Casey. That's not going to stop Casey, though; she can practice on her own, and when she has the chance to audition in New York City...well, she'll do what it takes to get there.

Casey's an interesting one. I absolutely love the way she sees the world:

I dance my way home from school. Fast and hard on angry days, my feet biting the sidewalk like mad dog. Long and slow when
Oct 02, 2014 Isabelle rated it it was amazing
The remarkable story of Casey Quinn, natural dancer, is heart warming and reminds you of how setting your mind to a dream results in amazing achievements. Throughout the story, Sarah Rubin does a great job of developing the characters. Also, the figurative language keeps it interesting. One of the reasons I gave this book a fives stars was because something was always happening. If a character failed at something, they immediately bounced back. Also, it was kept real. There are quite a few event ...more
Crystal (Kris)
Casey is a natural dancer. Every second of the day, she's tapping some kind of beat and moving her body to the music. No one but her grandmother believes in her, however. Her mom wants her to come down to earth and pursue a realistic path. The other girls make fun of her love of dance. It is her dream to make it into a big ballet school and show everyone what she knows she can do. When she arrives in New York, her dreams change. She'll still be a dancer but in a contemporary dance school.

Dec 21, 2013 Kenzie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Dreamers, and those who enjoy a distinct writing style.
Recommended to Kenzie by: The bookshelf in my English teacher's classroom.
Someday Dancer was the type of book I've been wanting to write because I hadn't found and read it yet. (Sure mine probably wouldn't have been about dancing, but it was the general feel of the book I was searching for.) Needless to say I was very well pleased with this book.
The main protagonist was very likeable from the start because she was easy to sympathize with. The supporting characters were well written as well and filled the other perspectives and attitudes needed to complete the feel a
Eighth grader Casey Quinn lives to dance and dreams of leaving her small South Carolina town behind her as she pursues her ambition to become a dancer. Because her family has little money, she takes a cleaning job at the hospital and earns money for a bus trip to New York to audition for the ballet. Although she doesn't make it to the second round, her dancing skills are noticed, and she is sent off to the Martha Graham studio to which she earns a scholarship. Learning how to dance in the big ci ...more
Alix  [Semi-Hiatus]

2.5 stars

This book had a lot of promise. It's an original plotline and romance-free, with some issues I sympathize with. However, due to its development, I find 2.5 stars the highest I could rate this. First of all, Casey's character is a determined spirit who isn't shy or submissive. On the other hand, she lacks a whole lot in the humility category. When Ann-Lee makes fun of her, Casey always tells the girl she calls "the Priss" that she's better than her, an action Ann-Lee reciprocates. Casey

Sarah Fehrnstrom
Oct 20, 2015 Sarah Fehrnstrom rated it it was amazing
There aren't many books I could say have "changed me as a person," or influenced me in any way. But when I find that perfect book that not only can I relate to, but actually imagine, I know that it's one of a kind. When Sarah Rubin was writing "Someday Dancer," she focused on passing on the message that no matter where you come from or how far fetched your dreams are, there can always be a way to make your dreams a reality if you put in the hard work to do so. While reading this incredible book, ...more
Merrilyn Tucker
Aug 08, 2015 Merrilyn Tucker rated it really liked it
Rubin pens historical fiction that focuses on the 1950s, the era when Martha Graham is just exiting the dancing world. (Her unique and stunning creativity will remain, but Graham herself had to give in as principal dancer, finally, to age.) The story begins with Casey, a high school student, who lives with her mother and grandmother (father was killed in the Korean War) in small-town Georgia. Her family is dirt poor, but Casey dreams of being a dancer. At school, a new girl, "Priss" Ann-Lee, als ...more
Jessica Harrison
Sep 21, 2012 Jessica Harrison rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, young-adult
Full review at Cracking the Cover

“Someday Dancer” can be split into two parts — Casey’s time in South Carolina and her time in New York — and both parts essential to making this great book whole. It’s clear author Sarah Rubin has a love of dance. It practically jumps through Casey and off the page.

It’s also clear that Sarah did her research.

Those who aren’t familiar with modern dance often think it’s all the same. But like ballet, which has a number of different methods, so, too, does modern dan
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