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Twenty-four-year old Paige Russell, still grieving the death of her single mother, defines herself as an orphan. Her obsession to find the father she never knew takes her to Tucson, AZ, where she settles in as the newest ballroom instructor at Desert DanceSport. But Paige’s newfound sense of belonging could be short-lived. Swirling under the glamorous surface of Desert Dan ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published December 11th 2019 by Wheatmark
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Margo Dill
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Dancing Between the Beats--I liked how the various characters told their own stories and that this book gave a glimpse into competitive and amateur ballroom dancing as well as the instructors' and students' personal lives. My favorite character, believe it or not, might be considered the antagonist, but Katherine, the studio owner, kept me turning pages to the end. I wanted to find out if she would be able to get out of the mess she was in as we slowly watched her self-destruct. ...more
Nancy Brady
Despite being a fan of Dancing With the Stars, this reader still found this novel to be a particularly eye-opening read about ballroom dancing. From the author's note at the beginning, she indicates that she has spent some time in the ballroom and has met enough professional and amateur dancers. Further, the author must have some background in competitive dancing. Her explanations and terminology of the various dance moves certainly indicates this as well.

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Nicole
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We enter the dazzling world of a dance studio with Lynn Nicholas' book "Dancing Between the Beats." You hear about the lives of the students and the instructors. Of all the characters, though, I enjoyed reading Paige the most. Her storyline really intrigued me and I kept looking forward to the moments I could see her again. This book was filled with drama coming out at all sides! There were secrets kept and hidden agendas. I also thought the author did a great job describing the dance motions. I ...more
Anita
Mar 24, 2020 added it
Loved, loved, loved this book! The precise descriptions of the characters and places helped me picture everything in my mind as I read. The story line was so interesting and had some unexpected twists, so I looked forward to each opportunity I had to read a chapter or two. Hope to read more from this author.
Valerie Petersen
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I learned a lot about the world of dance, which was very interesting. The writing was good and the plot kept me entertained throughout the book. The characters were well developed too. I would recommend it.
Rick
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a pleasant surprise. I began reading Lynn's novel and have to admit I was soon drawn into the story. Her descriptive passages create a mental picture that pops into view in your mind each time characters reenter the space. Ms. Nichols mentions in various writings that the story could happen in any setting, she chose to write it in what she knew the best. Great call. The land of ballroom dancing (besides DWTS) was new to me so, we had an interesting story set in a fascinating background. ...more
C.K.
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dancing offers us a look into Desert DanceSports, a fictional dance studio that has become a de facto community center for its most loyal customers. This Big Cast book takes us through a game of perspectives. Author, Lynn Nicholas, has created deep characters and proved herself unafraid to show every conscious and subconscious bias of each of them. The entire book allows the reader to dive into the real-life drama of dance instruction and running a business while balancing the surrounding egos. ...more
Ssbrandes
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Full Disclosure: This isn't a genre I typically read. As a result, I truly struggled to get into the book. I'm a big mystery/thriller fan and honestly kept hoping someone would jump out of a dark alley or discover the studio owner dead in the office one morning - preferably murdered with a stilleto (or ice pick). I had completely different expectations for what this book would/would not be and so I was well into the 13th chapter before I realized how invested I'd become in the characters! Yes, t ...more
Linda M. Rhinehart Neas
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dancing Between the Beats by Lynn Nicholas

I judge a book by how quickly it pulls me into the story and how fast the characters are developed. In Dancing Between the Beats, I was delighted to find both the pull and the development. Dancers will admire the depths Nicholas went to portray the mechanics of Ballroom Dancing as accurately as possible. Anyone who loves a good mystery/drama/love story will enjoy how all of this seems to be entwined in the story line.

As I read on in the story, I found m
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Lori Duff
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
24-year old Paige Russell moves to Tucson, AZ to be a ballroom dance instructor at Desert DanceSport. There, she finds herself plunked into the middle of rivalries and the general real-life soap opera that is the ballroom dance world. What takes her to Tucson is the essential conflict of the book. It takes a little long to reveal that conflict -- until about halfway through the book it is nothing but character exposition and reads more like a television mini-series. The characters are three-dime ...more
Emilie
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just have to start off by saying that that this not the typical genre that I usually read, so I was a little hesitant to venture out of my little bubble. I was pleasantly surprised though and thoroughly enjoyed Dancing Between the Beats! If you have ever danced or have ever had interested in the world of choreography, lessons, and the environment this is a great read. The beginning was a little slower but by the last 7 chapters of the book I couldn’t put it down! The author does a wonderful jo ...more
Rochie
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting and honest. The author was able to give the readers a good look inside the world of ballroom dancing. An easy to read book but still full of emotions. It really showed that a dancer's life is not just glitz and glamour. In fact, it is more about passion and determination.

I really like that the background of each character was highlighted. This not only drawn me to the story but also made each personality more relatable.
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Paula
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This novel started out a tiny bit slow for me, but quickly build up steam. All the intertwining stories came together in a great ending. This book would make a great movie with all the dancing, flirting, egos and drama.
Jan Norton
Nov 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I know very little about the world of ballroom dancing and studio teaching. The story was character driven. I liked the feel good ending.
Rita
Apr 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Nice read. Well written
Susan V
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
loved it. Wanted more.
Lynn
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
Dancing Between the Beats is set in Tucson, AZ, and the story line unfolds from the different perspectives of the owners, instructors, and students at a local ballroom studio. The spine is belonging and the theme is the conflict between expectations and reality. I am the author of this book, so I can't be expected to be unbiased or write my own review, correct? But I hated to leave this field blank so I'm copying a couple of reviews/comments from other sources.

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