Sunday, January 22, 2012

BUNHEADS by Sophie Flack

Hannah left home at age 14 to live in New York City.  She attended the School of the Arts, and now she is a senior corps member of the Manhattan Ballet company.

Life as a dancer is not easy.  On one hand there is beauty and grace, and on the other there is pain and sacrifice.  Hannah's days are filled with endless rehearsals and evenings of performances with only Monday off.  Even on Mondays, she attends yoga and strength training sessions.  Being a dancer means tireless dedication.

Debut author Sophie Flack is able to capture the true essence of what it means to be a ballerina because she has lived it.  Her own dancing career began at age seven and took her to the New York City Ballet and on to dance in over seventy ballets.  BUNHEADS takes readers into the world of dance and explains everything from the hierarchy of the dancers to the way they break in a new pair of toe shoes.  The pressure to stay thin leads to eating disorders and the stress of competition makes friendships tenuous at best.

Hannah's drive to be promoted from corps member to soloist requires that she breathe, eat, and sleep ballet.  She finds that making the choices between relationships and dancing are becoming more and more difficult.  Each time she is passed over for a solo part, she questions her future.  Readers will appreciate her struggle to remain dedicated or to take her life in a different direction.

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