Another Way to Danceby Martha Southgate
Vicki isn't prepared to be one of only two African-American students in the program. Nor is she
Fourteen-year-old Vicki Harris's dream has come true. She has been accepted into the summer program at New York City's prestigious School of American Ballet. It will be hard work and highly competitive, but Vicki feels ready. She is totally committed to dancing.
Vicki isn't prepared to be one of only two African-American students in the program. Nor is she expecting the racism she finds within the school. And Michael, from Harlem, takes Vicki completely by surprise. He shakes up her dream worldwhere Baryshnikov is her idol, her parents never really got divorced, and every pirouette is perfectand shows her that the real world is bigger than a stage.
Vicki Harris, 14, is one of two African Americans accepted into the summer program at New York City's School of American Ballet. She is a compulsive dancer and feels ready for the competition of this time-consuming endeavor. She is not ready, however, to face the racism within the program and begins to doubt her ability. Vicki makes friends with the other black student and experiences her first love with Michael, a black teen from Harlem. Her obsessive adoration of Baryshnikov leads to disappointment when she finally meets him. Vicki spends her summer with her Aunt Hannah, who becomes a strong adult role model in place of her divorced parents. The story reads smoothly, the characters are well drawn, and readers feel satisfaction when Vicki accepts herself as a good, but not great ballet dancer. The author has written a fine first novel dealing with the challenge of trying to break into a profession that does not make much room for African Americans. She has also given readers a portrait of a young woman striving for perfection and, ultimately, feeling good about herself. - Judy R. Johnston, Auburn High School, WA
Vicki Harris is in love with Mikhail Baryshnikov. She's thrilled to be accepted into the summer program at the prestigious School of American Balletwhere she might run into Mishabut she's also worried: The school is extremely demanding. Vicki is one of two African-Americans in the program, pronounced the other "chip in the cookie," by sassy Stacey. They support each other in their rigorous classes but suspect that no matter how hard they work or how good they are, the subtle racism that pervades classical ballet and therefore the school has no room for anyone at the top who isn't white. Vicki has her own prejudices: Swept up in her ideal of the perfect ballerina, she has straightened her hair (over her mother's objections) and wears it in a bun; she's embarrassed at the "loud and crazy" antics of a group of black girls on the subway and dislikes the oversize clothing of "homies." She faces these prejudices while coping with the rigors of school, family relationships, and her growing feelings for a boy in this compelling first novel about growing up, a summer of dance, and the haunting, competitive world of classical ballet. Readers will be rooting for Vicki all the way.
- Random House Children's Books
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- 4.19(w) x 6.89(h) x 0.58(d)
- Age Range:
- 11 - 14 Years
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i absolutly loved this book. It is about a ballerina like myself and i was ably to relate to the story because of that!@!!
i loved this book because i am a dancer and she really goes through what dancers go through i loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!! i would highly recommend this to dancers and to many others too because it has a great plot and it can help you learn alot
I LOVED THIS BOOK. I MYSELF AM A DANCER AND I FEEL THE SAME WAY SHE DOES. YOU SHOULD REALLY READ THIS BOOK IT IS GGGGGREAT.
This book was about a young African American girl who moves to New York to join a summer dance school. In New York, she lives with her Aunt Hannah who is an actress. She meets a friend named Stacey and they are the only to black girls in the company. She was in love with a dancer whose name was Misha. He would be at Macy¿s on Monday morning and she was going to go meet him. She stood in line for hours and when she got up to him he didn¿t even look at her when he was signing her poster. She would be tuning 15 in a week so her aunt thew a party for her and had her divorced parents come up and not fight with each other. She ended up loving her party and all the presents everyone got her. On the last day of class her Stacey and their friend Debbie were all stretching together and discussing whether or not they think they would be invited back in the fall. They all had a good class so when they were done, they went up to Stacey¿s dorm room and waited for them to post the list of who was invited back. You should read this book and find out who got invited back to join the company!
I really liked this book. I have slient reading time on day 3 and I forgot my book, so I went to my Language Arts teacher and asked her for a book and she gave me 'Another Way to Dance'. I started to read it and I really enjoyed it. I asked her if I could keep it to read the rest. I read it about 4 billion times before I gave it back.
I loved this book! It kinda gave a description of what life at SAB is, and the truth behind a dancer. All I can really say is this book is AMAZING!