ISBN: 0141310855
EAN13: 9780141310855
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 29, 2001
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 7" L x 4.2" W
Weight: 0.15 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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A powerful story about being black in the ballet world.

Ballet is the most important thing in Stephanie's life. Her good-girl reputation, her humiliation about her father's job--everything disappears for those brief, amazing moments when she is in flight. But the reailty of dance is tough, and Stephanie's parents fear that she doesn't realize the most painful obstacle of all: how few opportunities there are for black ballerinas. Then the remarkable Miss Winnie and her talented nephew, Vance, show up in ballet class one day. And as Miss Winnie focuses her attention on Vance and Stephanie's success, Stephanie begins to discover a very different kind of love . . . and a different understanding of what's important.

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   Had me dancing...
To her, dancing is life. Her dance teacher told her she wasn't good enough to get the main part in the performance of Sleeping Beauty, and she was warned that there wasn't always room for black dancers in the ballet corps. As she struggles to fulfill her dream of becoming a professional dancer, her experience with Vance, a black dancer, teaches her a lot of things and gives her hope. This was an amazing book. Even though I' ve never danced in my life, I was able to understand the main character's struggles. I was cheering for her as she tried to accomplish her dream while also wanting to be normal. I want to buy a book.
Dancer shows readers how hard it is to be a real ballet dancer, how you have to sacrifice a lot for it, and how much you love it. She doesn't fit the mold, that's what separates her from the other dancers. She's black, and ballet dancers are supposed to be white. She's one of the best dancers at her school. She does not fit in at her school. I like the fact that she has a connection to Vance. It's hard to describe, but you don't find it often in books. He has a realistic attitude about ballet. If you don't like ballet, you will like this book. The book is about fitting in and liking yourself. The ending is very good, but leaves you wanting more.