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Initial post: 20 Sep 2012 10:48:43 BDT
Avid Reader says:
I want to try and find some decent stories that revolve around dance like Fame or Dirty Dancing....I read a YA book about a Russian Ballet academy which was pretty good...can you help?

Posted on 21 Sep 2012 18:03:32 BDT
I've watched and loved Mao's Last Dancer.
Mao's Last Dancer Don't know how the book is. It's rather pricy for a Kindle book, too.
Read By Leaps and Bounds writing was good, but it revolved more around the relationships, putting the dancing in second place, which was a little disappointing.

I'll watch this thread as I'd love to read more books revolving around dancing.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Sep 2012 21:28:22 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Sep 2012 12:51:55 BDT
LEP says:
Dance to the Piper (The O'Hurley's series) - Nora Roberts
Strictly Love - Julia Williams
The Ballroom Class - Lucy Dillon
Strictly Come Dancing Novels - these appear to be by different authors e.g. Strictly Come Dancing Novels: Chance - Alex Hines; Strictly Shimmer - Amanda Roberts

Posted on 21 Sep 2012 22:26:51 BDT
Dan Holloway says:
Noel Streatfield's books for ballet?

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Sep 2012 12:32:47 BDT
LEP says:
Streatfield's books are children's though. There's several childrens series including some by Darcy Bussel.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Sep 2012 12:46:56 BDT
LEP says:
A Candle for St. Jude - Rumer Godden
Company of Swans (YA) - Eva Ibbotson

Posted on 24 Sep 2012 11:23:18 BDT
Avid Reader says:
Thank you Stella, Both your suggestions sound good and I will get to Mao's Last Dancer after pay day!
LEP, I like your suggestions also - The Ballroom Class and Strictly Love remind me of the film Shall We Dance which I thought was quite a fun film.
And Dan, your suggestion actually sound quite intriguing too even if it is about 3 young children, that doesn't bother me so will give it a go too.

Thank you all!

Posted on 24 Sep 2012 11:30:11 BDT
Avid Reader says:
Stella - I forgot to add that I just finished reading A Grand Passion which is about 3 generations of women ballet dancers. I thought it was good value for money...some of the characters really annoyed me but other ones I really enjoyed...see what you think!

Posted on 24 Sep 2012 17:35:15 BDT
I'll put in on my wish list. Thank you. :-)

Posted on 26 Sep 2012 06:48:38 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Sep 2012 06:49:38 BDT
S Riaz says:
Adele Geras has written a few books about ballet - I can think of Hester's Story, but you will find more if you search under her name. Also, not fiction, but I highly recommend A Dancer in Wartime: One girl's journey from the Blitz to Sadler's Wells, which was really a brilliant read.
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