Barbara's Reviews > Someday Dancer
by Sarah Rubin
by Sarah Rubin
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 city means leaving her mother behind and learning how to navigate a brand new world. Fans of dance will enjoy this title even while Casey encounters more lucky breaks than one girl could ever hope to find. The scenes in which she interacts with Martha Graham are especially poignant while the descriptions of the dances and dancers themselves are quite lyrical. At times it seemed that she had left behind her small town and her mother a bit too easily, and scenes shift in time quite rapidly. I never had much sense of what her school days in the Big Apple in 1959 were like either. One aspect of the story that was particularly interesting was the way in which one of her more affluent South Carolina classmates ridicules her until they both end up in New York. It would have been interesting to explore that relationship further since Priss Ann-Lee turns out to be kinder than I first thought while Casey continues to bear a grudge against her for months.
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