Lots of teenagers love to read and often have their nose stuck in a book when they aren’t at school or with friends. And if they have a passion for dance, then the best dance books for teenagers and young adults will be just what they need. Here are some of the best currently available.
Bunheads by Sophie Flack
This book is about a young woman who has dedicated her entire life to ballet and at 19 is a dancer at the Manhattan Ballet Company. Her life is full of juggling intense rehearsals, performances and the complicated relationships in the company but she loves it. Then she meets a young musician who makes her decide if she wants to continue with the ballet or to move out on her own for something different.
A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson
This book combines dance and history as it is set in the 1910s. The heroine comes from a very stuffy and upright family who allow her one creative outlet, her ballet. But when a Russian ballet master comes looking for dancers for his company and a trip to South America, she defied her family to go., leaving behind an arranged marriage as well. But her family hasn’t forgotten her…
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield
This is the first in a series of books that feature three orphans who help out their new family by joining a dance academy. There they find lots of hard work but also build a name for themselves and leave for careers in show business. One goes into the movies, one is a dancer while the third realises she really wants to be a pilot. The book is a great one for showing how to follow your dream for younger teenagers.
Dancergirl by Carol M Tanzman
This book is a very modern dance story – a young girl made famous when her friend posts a video of her dancing online. She becomes an internet celebrity, and everyone has opinions about her, admirers and jealous people. But then she realises that there’s a dark side to being famous complete with a crazed stalker who doesn’t want to just watch her online videos anymore.
On Pointe by Lorie Ann Grover
This is a story of a young girl who has a dream to be a ballet dancer and for ten long years, works towards with dream with her family behind her. She sacrifices friends, social life, dances until her feet bleed. But competition is fierce, and she faces the fact that all of the work could be for nothing – and then what? Told in the form of poems, this book is about dreams but also what to do if they change.
Marie, Dancing by Carolyn Meyer
This book is based on historical facts of a young dancer at the Paris Opera who had come from a life of hardship and poverty where dancing was her only relief. But she gets the chance to be the model for a sculpture by artist Edgar Degas. The book follows the real-life events of Degas’ most famous sculpture, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen.