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Ballet Orphans: A Prequel (Ballet Theatre Chronicles, #3)

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It's 1990, and New York soloist April Manning is trying to rebalance her world in the aftermath of her parents’ deaths. An offer to join the struggling West Coast Ballet Theatre as a principal dancer seems like the perfect opportunity for a fresh start—a new life in San Francisco, an exciting step up in her career, and the hope of a redefined sense of family. But the other ...more
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Published January 2nd 2021 by Classical Girl Press
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Ivana BM
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars rounded to 4.

I LOVE dance movies. Always have, always will. Even with the bad acting and lame storyline, the dance part always gets to me. The best one ever - The Center Stage without a doubt....cant even count the numbers I have watched it. ⠀

But this was the first time I have read a book about dance, more correctly, ballet. It was an interesting experience, I have to say. The book was solid, even though I did wanted more of...something. More action, more drama, more plot. But what s
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C. Purtill
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
(Reviewed for Dance Advantage)

Faithful readers who have followed Terez Mertes Rose’s “Ballet Theatre Chronicles,” which began with “Off Balance” and its sequel “Outside the Limelight,” will once again be happy to immerse themselves in the ballet-based drama and romance. Fear not, new readers! You need not have read the other books in the series in order to understand the characters and their stories. As a prequel, this novel is both a great introduction to Rose’s world and a standalone which can
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Kathleen Hermes
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The joy of reading this book transported me back into the live performances that we have missed over the past year. I am not a dancer, but am an enthusiastic patron who has fallen in love with the transcendent beauty of live performance. Ballet Orphans offers a “behind the scenes” glimpse of the West Coast Ballet Theatre and the lives of its dancers who are family to each other, each dancer with their unique history, background, and ambition. As a reader I can feel the ecstasy of performing, alo ...more
blythe
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Classical Girl Press and NetGalley for an advanced reader copy of Ballet Orphans.
I love reading about ballet studio/company rehearsals and the drama that accompanies. I devoured this fun book in a day, and highly recommend to others who enjoy reading about the dance world. The descriptions of the movements in the featured ballets such as Romeo and Juliet and Sleeping Beauty were detailed enough to remind me of exact stagings I've seen. Some of the casting dramas, etc. may seem overblo
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Mary
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Held my interest from the first page to the last
TL
Dec 26, 2020 marked it as dnf
Won via goodreads giveaways. All my opinions are my own:)
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Not my cup of tea unfortunately. Not a bad book, just not for me. :(
Tanya E
Jan 16, 2021 rated it liked it
First off, I’d just like to say how BEAUTIFUL this cover is! As a little girl, I don’t ever remember wanting to be a ballerina, but I’ve always thought of that world and the dancers as glittery and beautiful! This cover evokes all those feelings and is a home run for me!

This is book 3 in the Ballet Theatre Chronicles series but as it is a pre-quel to the other books, it can be read as a stand-alone.

I really enjoyed seeing ‘behind the curtain’ as they say. Ballet Orphans had just enough ballet te
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Debbie Smith
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was quite different than what I’m used to reading. But don’t misunderstand that statement. Different in no way means bad. It means I don’t ever remember reading a book with the focus on ballet. But I can now say that I’ve learn so much about a subject that I knew so little about.

Though part of a series, I felt no need to have read early books. What was happening to April Manning was completely clear. We followed her from New York, where she lost a prestigious dance spot and a boyfriend, to
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Tfalcone
Jan 23, 2021 rated it liked it
Thank you Net Galley for the free ARC. Jealousy, subterfuge and the rigor of being in a ballet company in San Francisco. Good behind the curtains read.
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Terez Mertes Rose is a writer and former ballet dancer whose work has appeared in the Crab Orchard Review, Literary Mama, Women Who Eat (Seal Press), A Woman’s Europe (Travelers’ Tales), the Philadelphia Inquirer and the San Jose Mercury News. She reviews dance performances for Bachtrack.com and blogs about ballet and classical music at The Classical Girl. The author of the Ballet Theatre Chronicl ...more

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