Ballerina

Ballerina This exciting tale of friendship dance rivalry and love centers on Christine and Stephanie two young women who share the dream of a career in the ballet A richly authentic story that offers an insi

  • Title: Ballerina
  • Author: Edward Stewart
  • ISBN: 9780440203070
  • Page: 192
  • Format: Paperback
  • This exciting tale of friendship, dance, rivalry and love centers on Christine and Stephanie, two young women who share the dream of a career in the ballet A richly authentic story that offers an inside look at the harsh realities of the romantic art of ballet.

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    1. Edward Stewart

      Edward Stewart grew up in New York City and Cuba His first novel, Orpheus on Top, was published in 1966 He wrote thirteen novels, including the bestselling Vince Cardozo thrillers Privileged Lives, Jury Double, Mortal Grace, and Deadly Rich He died in Manhattan at the age of 58.

    275 thoughts on “Ballerina”

    1. Ballerina undoubtedly paints the brutal beauty of ballet on stage as well as behind the curtain. A realistic glimpse into the demanding world of this stunning athletic artistry.Stewart’s writing dances off the pages. You not only have a sense of the visual but you move with the words as if you were in front of the barre. Well researched and the inclusion of dance language terminology, and references is appreciated certainly adding to the reading experience.The narrative is dramatic exploring t [...]


    2. ARC for review.What a fun palate-cleanser of a book after a disappointing last read. Originally published in 1978 (but really not dated other than prices) Ballerina is the fictional story of two young girls in the ballet corps of two companies in NYC and it's lots of frothy goodness - all the competition, jealousy and pushy stage moms you would expect, but also a fair amount of loyal friendship. Professional dance is like modeling in that they are the only two industries I can think of where wom [...]


    3. I read "Ballerina" in the early 1980s, and over the years I've thought of it from time to time, remembering the characters and some of the storylines. If a book sticks in my mind for that amount of time then I know it was a good one. Since I lost that long-ago paperback, I was thrilled to see this book back in circulation again. I enjoyed it now just as much as I did when I first read it. Even though the book is set in the late 1970s, it holds up very well and is a great bit of nostalgia. (A can [...]


    4. In reading this book, I couldn't help but think of Tchaikovsky's music and the ballets that feature it. While the prose sometimes descends into melodrama, it also rises to the sublime. The story centers around two young would-be ballerinas, Stephanie Lang and Christine Avery, who meet at ballet school auditions and become fast friends. The expected dramatis personae eventually presents itself - a conniving ballet mom (Anna Lang), the implacable company director (Marius Volmar) and socialite with [...]


    5. This was one of my favourite books when I was in my 20's. I found a copy at a used book sale and nostalgia made me buy it. I have to say that I enjoyed this book just as much now as I did back then. If you are a dancer or just love ballet I think you will enjoy this book. I love that it gives you an inside look at the cutthroat world of the ballet. Just as it did back then made me cry at the end.


    6. A typical schlocky 70s novel about two teenaged girls trying out for scholarships at a top-tier ballet school. They become best friends, and move on up through school and into jobs in ballet companies. For schlock, this was pretty good - not as predictable as might be expected. I enjoyed this quite a bit.


    7. I read this book years ago and re-read it many times over the years. It may not be perfect writing but it remains one of my favorite books. And yes, I did want to be a ballerina but sadly lacked the talent :( .



    8. My first thought after reading the description of Ballerina by Edward Stewart is that it was a modern version of The Turning Point with Anne Bancroft and Shirley MacLaine. I was wrong.The story is about Stephanie Lang and Christine Avery, aspiring ballerinas in New York City in the 1970s, which is the time that The Turning Point was filmed, and also mentioned in the last half of the book. Where Bancroft and MacLaine faced off after about 20 years of guarded friendship and rivalry, Steph and Chri [...]


    9. To read this review and others like it check out my site homelovebooks I love ballerinas and ballet, I was one of those little girls who took ballet and loved it, I wasn't any good though. But just because I wasn't any good at it, doesn't mean I stopped liking. That being said, I don't think I have read any real ballet books, a couple about ex-ballet dancers, but not one where ballet is so front and center as it is in this book, so I was actually really excited about this book. The first thing I [...]


    10. I received this book from NetGalley. Overall this was a very good book and I enjoyed it very much. It was very well written and well researched. I would suggest having some prior knowledge of ballet before reading the book as it could get confusing with all of the technical terms that are used. There is a glossary at the back of the book which does explain these terms (as I do not read the index of books, I only found the glossary when I was finished reading the book)and a lot more terms are exp [...]


    11. In the mood for a juicy read about friendship, love and ambition set in the competitive world of ballet? Ballerina by Edward Stewart gives you that and more.Steph and Chris are best friends navigating the ups and downs of the ballet world as they struggle to rise in the ranks. Steph is stable and focused; the daughter of a former dancer who as a “dance mom” is pushy, controlling and manipulative. Chris is fragile, hurt by absentee parents who have no understanding, or apparent interest, in h [...]


    12. I discovered this book over twenty years ago in the public library. I was in 7th or 8th grade and I had a voracious appetite for reading and had already read through several Stephen Kings, all of the available Christopher Pikes, most of the R.L. Stines well, you can see the type of book I was reading back then. But I was looking for something different something I could really get lost in. I found this hard-cover, largely nondescript book somewhere on one of the back walls. I was with my best fr [...]


    13. READ IN ENGLISH Read all my reviews on urlphantomhiveoklikes I received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.One of my guilty pleasures is an Australian youth series about a ballet school called 'Dance Academy'. Reading Ballerina brought back all the feels. I know it's promoted as 'the book before there was Black Swan' but I personally think they should have used that card a bit earlier, because the film came out quite some time ago.I've read in some revi [...]


    14. This is a fictional account of what a ballerina has to put up with to try to make it out of the corps and rise in ranks and trying to make prima ballerina. The wonderful thing is that there is an explanation of terms at the end of the Kindle copy at the end. I own both hard cover and the Kindle book. This makes it easier to understand if you are not a balletomane or haven't taken lessons. All I know of the ballet is one season of Bunhead and watching the Nutcracker ! But it didn't take much to h [...]


    15. RISK OF SPOILERS AHEAD----I picked up this book thinking it was fluff. How wrong I was. It's a book not on ballet, but of the lives of ballerinas. As an outsider, I never thought life could get so complicated for them. Now, I thank heavens I was never a professional dancer. Office politics is child's play compared to the connivance behind those curtains.It's twisted, without being too much. Throughout the book, you can never develop a bias for one particular character, not even for Stephanie Lan [...]


    16. Most ballet lovers will enjoy this gritty and very American story about young girls struggling to become successful in a fierce and cutthroat world. The tale involves Anna, a pushy ballet mother, Stephanie, her daughter, and Chrissy, Steph's friend. Anna ruined her own career, so she is determined to help Steph get ahead and to protect her interests, no matter what it costs. Steph is supremely talented, but she has lots of setbacks on her path. Chris lacks confidence and hasn't got Stephanie's t [...]


    17. A re-release ARC.I loved this novel set in two New York ballet companies. Though I'm no expert in the ballet scene anymore, it reads well. Authentic, highly-charged, exciting, and filled with plenty of conflict.The characters are well defined and mostly believable as they win scholarships to the company and begin their careers. There are also the "ballet mother," the "defected Russian male dancer," and the bullying company owner. Readers learn quickly how competitive and nasty the world can be b [...]


    18. The story follows Stephanie Lang and Christine Avery, two dancers who become best friends as they encounter grueling workouts and the wild personalities of dance instructors. Actually, pretty much everyone in the ballet world has a larger-than-life personality. The story is full of over-the-top twists as each character pursues his or her goal with single-minded dedication. With a company director obsessed with casting two dancers for one role, without revealing which one is the understudy, it’ [...]


    19. I enjoyed this book, it was so hard to put down. It showed in great detail what it takes to be a ballerina. It also showed the bitchy side of ballet. The characters in this book were very likable, even the tormented Chris. Anna was the ultimate stage mother who pushed her daughter to become the ballerina that she was never able to be. She didn't care who she hurt along the way (even her own daughter) as long as she got the fame she strived for. I think Stephanie was very talented & other bal [...]


    20. I really enjoyed this book. It was full of dance descriptions that I totally didn't get (okay, I took ballet for 2 years when I was a kid and hated every single moment of it and I was allowed to quit as long as I did my running and oh gladly I did, for I was a klutz who grew three legs when I danced ballet). But this story was about friendship, which I love. And it was odd all around, and there were gay dancers and womanizer dancers and angst and everything. Justodd in parts. Yet I couldn't stop [...]


    21. I first read this when I was 14 and checked it out from the school library. I loved it so much, I eventually bought my own copy. I haven't read it since college or thereabouts and I'm sad to say it hasn't held up as well as many other classics from my teen years. As an adult, I find both Steph and Chris annoying and self-absorbed and as a mother I find Anna really reprehensible. The "romance" such as it is, is weak and unbelievable and overall I just found this to be a disappointment after havin [...]


    22. What first led me to reading this book was the fact I used to dance as child and wanted to bring some of that back to my mind because I really enjoyed it. The book ended up doing so much more than that and I really enjoyed it. At the beginning I thought it was going to be a bit dull just going through auditions and rehearsals and becoming repetitive but then I got to watch Steph and Chris grow from girls to women, sacrificing everything in their live for their art of dance. It's a very moving en [...]


    23. I picked this up for 50 cents at the library bookstore for no other reason that it had a ballerina on the cover and I will pretty much read anything that relates to dance. You could definitely tell this book was written a few decades earlier, but I was entertained. I wished that the book didn't feel so fragmented and had smoother transitions. However, I still really enjoyed the drama and getting a bit of an inside look at just how grueling being a professional dancer really is.


    24. I didn't realize I had read this book before until a few chapters in. This book has been recovered and re marketed and it's a wonderful story. You get the realism of ballet world and the competion. The friendship is there until a guy got in the middle of a friendship. I love the story! I have recommended it before and will now too.


    25. I'm on a trip back in time with the latest books I've rated today, these are all books I own but read way back - 20 or 30 years ago! I actually loved this book back in the early 80's but I'm sure it has dated by now so I'm giving it 3 stars in case what I remembered as an really enjoyable read, is now a bit, well, 80's, lol!


    26. This book totally engaged me & made the characters come alive for me. When a book reaches me that way, I will read it more than once. I read this one back in to 80s and I've felt drawn back into the story's world a few times over the years. It makes me feel like I'm having an up close look into the ballet world.


    27. I got totally immersed in the story of two dancers rising through the ranks of corps de ballet to soloist to ballerina. Like the movie Turning Point it made the fantasy image of the glamourous life of ballerina into a nitty gritty, grueling, dueling political reality. I don't think I'll watch a ballet in the same way ever againIts a must-read for lovers of the art form it illustrates.


    28. Started this one many years ago and it was a library book that I had to return, finally ordered a used copy of my own so I can finish it and it sadly never came in so i got it again from the library. Nice dreams about being a ballerina!Cute story, read like the typical drama of the time it was written but I still got to fantasize about being a ballerina again.


    29. I'm obsessed with ballet and it's lifestyle, but that may be all that bumps it up to 4 stars. Ballerina is definitely is not a waste of time as a read, but the ending is a little cliche. Luckily, it's just the ending, and there's so many other story lines happening that the way the main one wraps up is ultimately fairly low impact and you can enjoy the ride there.


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