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Shall We Dance? by Brian Lanker
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Apr 24, 2009

Read in April, 2009

Don't let the ballroom dancer in the hot, hot pink, backless dress fool you. This book is not merely a flashy promo piece for the über-popular "Dancing with the Stars" TV show. Rather, it's a declaration in pictures of love for all things dance, especially as expressed by the diverse American take on it. From the baby ballerina struggling to master a balance on one leg to the Vegas showgirl balancing an enormous, other-worldly feathered headpiece, Lanker has captured the drama, excitement, and artistry of dance as well as the pain, hard work, and exhaustion. Along with wonderful photos, there is accompanying commentary to each shot where the performers, choreographers, and just plain folk offer their thoughts and feelings on what dancing means to them. Maya Angelou penned the introduction, and admits that she wouldn't say no to a spin on the dance floor with the right partner to the right music. (Barb L., Reader's Services)

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