Sunday, March 15, 2015

Thematic Sunday: Books about Dance

So my ultimate guilty pleasure Dancing with the Stars is back this week. Therefore I thought a fitting topic for this week's theme would be dance. I'll be covering everything from books about dancing/dancers specifically, books that have characters that like to dance, and this will cover all styles of dancing from ballet to contemporary to twerking.

1) Bunheads by Sohpie Flack

Why: I have to include this book about a group of ballet dancers. If only because it was popular enough to spawn a short-lived TV show on ABC.

2) Shoes series by Noel Streatfield

Why: classic kids series about a group of orphans who enter a school for dancing and theater.

3) Marie, Dancing by Carolyn Meyer

Why: historical fiction book about the girl who was the model for Edward Degas' famous ballerina statue

4) Pointe by Brandy Colbert

Why: has a ballet dancer going through tough times

5) Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin

Why: Autobiography of a dancer who was trained in China and came to perform in America and after many obstacles, defected to the US.

6) Fosse by Sam Wasson

Why: Biography of the legendary Broadway star. If you have no idea who Bob Fosse is, I'll give you a hint: he was involved in the dance numbers for such musicals as: Chicago, Pippin, All That Jazz, and The Pajama Game. He's a big deal on Broadway.

7) Taking the Lead by Derek Hough

Why: Part biography/part help book by Derek Hough, my favorite dancer on Dancing With the Stars.

8) Dancing For Degas by Kathryn Wagner

Why: Another historical fiction about the dancers that Edward Degas painted. Look, it's a popular subject okay? I'm not immune to the fascination.

9) The Flamenco Academy by Sarah Bird

Why: About 3 adults who get swept up in each others lives as they get into the flamenco dance revival.

10) The Wicked Waltz and Other Scandalous Dances by Mark Knowles

Why: An interesting looking little history book going into the background of couple dancing. What would these people think of twerking, I wonder?

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