If you like ballet stories
Here are a few titles you might enjoy:
To Dance: A Memior by
In graphic format, the author shares her story of how, after being diagnosed with flat feet, she decided to take ballet classes at the age of six and was accepted to the School of American Ballet when she was eleven.
Life in the Fat Lane
by Cherie Bennett
Sixteen-year-old Lara, winner of beauty pageants and Homecoming Queen, is distressed and bewildered when she starts gaining weight and becomes a fat girl.
White Swan, Black Swan
by Adrienne Sharp
The dance world becomes palpably real in this accomplished debut collection by Sharp, a former member of the Harkness Ballet of New York, as she explores both the exultation and the physical and emotional stresses of professional ballet. The dancers in her 12 tales are all grace and confidence in the spotlight, but they balance precariously when thrust back into the real world. (Publisher's Weekly Review).
You Win Some, You Lose Some
by Jean Ure
Jamie's decision to leave school and become a ballet dancer brings him problems but strengthens his character.
Here are two books that are non-fiction, but you may enjoy:
Dancing on My Grave: An Autobiography
by Gelsey Kirkland
The shattering story of a dream which became a heartbreaking nightmare for one of America's most famous ballerinas, Gelsey Kirkland, who chronicles her brilliant start as a dancer with George Balanchine, her legendary partnership with Mikhail Baryshnikov, her agonizing descent into drugs, and her struggles to rise again.
Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: The Making and breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters by Joan Ryan
In this disturbing book, sports columnist Ryan exposes the tarnish beneath Olympic gold as she reveals heartbreaking stories of the physical and psychological abuse suffered by countless young girls driven to achieve Olympic medals. In harrowing detail, Ryan documents the preponderance of abuse, eating disorders, weakened bones, and damaged psyches that are often the result of intensive training. 16-page photo insert.