12 Best Books About Dance Update 05/2022

Books About Dance

For as long as I’ve been writing a book about dancers, I’ve wanted to read more books about dance. Reading more polished material makes me want to keep going when I can’t come up with the right words. My work-in-progress is in the rough, rough opening stages.

I have been dancing ballet, modern, and jazz for a long time. Books about dance help me connect to the version of myself who spent a lot of time in the studio as a child. Even though I don’t currently perform or take technique classes, they help me feel like I’m still part of that person. People who like to dance: They will make you want to dance as you turn the pages of these nine works of fiction.

Swing time by Zadie Smith

Swing time by Zadie Smith

Swing Time is a beautiful film about family, history, and friendship between young girls. Another thing that makes this movie so good is how it shows what it’s like to grow up as a dancer, how it makes you want to be like them, and how much you love dancing. There are two girls in the book: Tracy and an unnamed narrator. Their relationship changes over time, and the two of them are shown in the book. First, I couldn’t put it down, and I’ve been eager to read it again ever since.

Dancer by Colum Mccann

If you’re a fan of ballet, you’ll love this fictionalized account of Rudolf Nureyev’s life. It tells the story of 40 years of ballet history through the lens of Nureyev’s personal and professional life. It’s told from many different points of view.

Bunheads by Sophie Flack

Flack used her own experience as a dancer in the New York City Ballet to help write her book. New love causes Hannah Ward, a dancer with the elite Manhattan Ballet Company, to think about what’s most important in her life.

A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman

The world of ballet is covered in a lot of dance books, but there are so many other ways to move that you should read about.

It is about a dancer named Veda, who learns how to dance again after an accident leaves her with a prosthetic leg.

The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib

The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib

That’s what this book is about. It talks about the dark side of the ballet world It talks about things like eating disorders, depression, and perfectionism. The story is about a former professional dancer who goes to a treatment center at 17 Swann Street. There, she meets a lot of other women who are going through the same things that she is.

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

Violet is a talented ballet dancer who is ready to take the world by storm at the age of 18 or so. It’s the only thing. She has a dark secret from her past that could ruin everything she’s worked so hard for. Violet’s life comes into contact with Amber and Orianna, two other girls, in important, life-changing ways that have a big impact.

Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra

The blurb says this is “Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars,” which sounds like the perfect setting for a good book. June, Bette, and Gigi are all dancers at a top ballet school in New York City. This series follows them as they try to be the best. If you like it, there’s a sequel called Shiny Broken Things that goes on with the same story.

Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

For years, this book has been on my “to read” list, and I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet. It sounds like something I’d enjoy. Shipstead’s story is about Joan, a former ballerina who became a dance teacher. Now that she’s raising her son, Henry, to be a professional dancer like her, she meets someone from her past who makes her think about the world she left behind.

So Done by Paula Chase

So Done by Paula Chase

Jamila Phillips and Tai Johnson, two African American girls, are the stars of this sweet middle-grade book. As they move through early adolescence, they have to deal with how their friendship has changed. They have to audition for their school’s new talented and gifted program in the dance story line.

Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a Leaner, Stronger, and More Graceful You by Misty Copeland

To show how important healthy fats are, Misty shares her own workouts and a healthy fat-based eating plan that keeps her in great shape. Both of these keep her in great shape.” To help you stay motivated and get words of encouragement, here are a few ideas. You can keep going even when you might want to give up! A section on how important it is to find and become a mentor, as well as excerpts from Misty’s personal journal, finish this important book on grace and strength.”

Natasha’s Not My Name by Isabella Grosso with ML Bordner

Natasha’s Not My Name shows readers how the strip club industry is very complicated from the point of view of a 16-year-old. It tells the story of Isabella Grosso’s adolescence and early adult years as she questions, struggles, and survives as a child-turned-adult with a double life. She was trained by her cousin, helped by older dancers, and paid by strangers.

Natasha’s Not My Name is a book about sexual abuse, suicide, drug use, and exploitation. It goes very deep into these dark places.” It shows how a child who has been hurt can grow into the strong woman she was meant to be. It also shows how she found solace in dance and the arts.

Natasha’s Not My Name is about a girl who wants to share her heartbreak and success with other girls who are on the same journey.” It is a good book for all women to read.

Taking Flight by Elaine DePrince and Michaela DePrince

At the orphanage where she lived, Michaela DePrince was called “Girl Number 27.” She was born with a condition that makes her skin look spotted, and she was called a “devil child” because of it. But it was at the orphanage that Michaela found a picture of a beautiful ballerina on pointe that would change her life.

Four years old, Michaela moved to the United States and was adopted by an American family. They encouraged her love of dancing and signed her up for dance lessons. She went on to study at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at the American Ballet Theatre. She is now the youngest principal dancer at the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and she is also the youngest dancer in the company. There is a documentary about dance called First Position that she has done. She has also done Dancing with the Stars, Good Morning, America, and Nightline.

“Michaela tells her story in a heartwarming, moving, and unforgettable memoir that will stay with you for a long time.”

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