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message 1: by Anya (new)

Anya | 85 comments I am searching for fictional books with theme of dance in it. I have suddenly started to like TV series and movies about dancers , I think it's the passion and dedication from the characters that makes me like it. So now I want find any book with some kind dance preferably ballet in the story it doesn't have to be the focus and I wouldn't mind a dash of romance in it. Any suggestions?


message 2: by Rosa (new)

Rosa (rosaiglarsh) | 5117 comments Ballet Shoes, by Noel Streatfeild, is for kids, so no romance. The Scarlet Stockings, too. But they're quite good. I can't link to them, I'm on the app.


message 3: by Ann aka Iftcan (new)

Ann aka Iftcan (iftcan) | 6967 comments Mod
Ballet Shoes for the first book suggested by Rosa.
The Scarlet Stockings for the second one.

Maria Tallchief: America's Prima Ballerina--about the great ballerina.

Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova (one of many about this dancer.)

The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky (Male dancer) This dancer I know nothing about.

My daughter studied ballet for many years, and then taught it, until her oldest son was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 5 (he's 21 now, and considered "cured") and she read about dancers constantly. I know that there are more dancers, who's names I can't remember right now, but those names should help you a bit, since they are all famous.


message 4: by Rosa (new)

Rosa (rosaiglarsh) | 5117 comments Nijinsky was a beautiful, virtuoso dancer who had a lot of love affairs. But Anya was looking for fiction. Still, I'm going to suggest Tutus, Tights and Tiptoes: Ballet History as It Ought to Be Taught, because it's a lot of fun and very informative.


message 5: by Aerulan (last edited Dec 26, 2017 03:29PM) (new)

Aerulan | 1199 comments There's several listopia lists for romance novels with dancers that you might find to be worth browsing through.

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/7...
https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1...
https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/7...
https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/3...


message 6: by Anya (new)

Anya | 85 comments Wow I am so grateful for all the quick response!
Thank you so much , Rosa I have seen the movie ballet shoes so perhaps I will give the book a try even if it is mg , I will check out scarlett shoes as well.

Ann aka iftan I am sorry to hear that about your daughter and her son, cancer is truly a horrible sickness, but I am glad he is better now may he live a long and joyful life.
As Rosa was saying I am looking for more fictional work about dancers with a tad bit of romance in the story but I will say it always interesting to read about famous people as well so maybe I will check out these real life dancers when I have time some time after my exams, so thank you for sharing the information.
I am not a dancers myself just have suddenly caught the interest of it. I am far to old to study but I enjoy reading about it or any story with main characters following their passion.

Finally thank you Aerulan for the lists I am sure they will be very helpful :)


message 7: by Ann aka Iftcan (new)

Ann aka Iftcan (iftcan) | 6967 comments Mod
Some of the more "historical" real life dancers had lives that romance writers only WISH they could write about, because no one would believe a fiction book like those women (and a very few men) lived. Which is why I did "name names" for some of them. Still, l love to read about dancers too.


message 9: by Serena (new)

Serena | 93 comments bright burning stars by ak small-it explores a darker side of ballet though as a heads up


message 10: by Zev (new)

Zev | 165 comments "A time for dancing" by Davida Wills Hurwin.


message 11: by Anya (new)

Anya | 85 comments Thank you Serena for the rec and the heads up sounds interesting but I am not so into dark stuff and thank you Zev will check it out.


message 12: by Ann (last edited Aug 12, 2019 08:37AM) (new)

Ann | 530 comments It's not fiction, these are stories about actual dancers such as Margot Fonteyn, Isadora Duncan, and Anna Pavlova. However, the stories read like fiction with descriptions and dialogue.

To Dance, To Dream by Maxine Drury.

You can read it for free at the Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/todanceto...


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