Stewart’s writing dances off the pages. You not only have a sense of the visual but you move with the words as if you were in front of the barre. Well researched and the inclusion of dance language terminology, and references is appreciated certainly adding to the reading experience.
The narrative is dramatic exploring the ...more
What a fun palate-cleanser of a book after a disappointing last read. Originally published in 1978 (but really not dated other than prices) Ballerina is the fictional story of two young girls in the ballet corps of two companies in NYC and it's lots of frothy goodness - all the competition, jealousy and pushy stage moms you would expect, but also a fair amount of loyal friendship. Professional dance is like modeling in that they are the only two industries I can think of where wom ...more
Since I lost that long-ago paperback, I was thrilled to see this book back in circulation again. I enjoyed it now just as much as I did when I first read it. Even though the book is set in the late 1970s, it holds up very well and is a great bit of nostalgia. (A can ...more
My first thought after reading the description of Ballerina by Edward Stewart is that it was a modern version of The Turning Point with Anne Bancroft and Shirley MacLaine. I was wrong.
The story is about Stephanie Lang and Christine Avery, aspiring ballerinas in New York City in the 1970s, which is the time that The Turning Point was filmed, and also mentioned in the last half of the book. Where Bancroft and MacLaine faced off after about 20 years of guarded friendship and rivalry, Steph and Chri...more
I love ballerinas and ballet, I was one of those little girls who took ballet and loved it, I wasn't any good though. But just because I wasn't any good at it, doesn't mean I stopped liking. That being said, I don't think I have read any real ballet books, a couple about ex-ballet dancers, but not one where ballet is so front and center as it is in this book, so I was actually really excited about this book.
The first ...more