Beyond the Dance: A Ballerina's Life

Beyond the Dance: A Ballerina's Life

by Chan Hon Goh
     
 

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Shortlisted for the Rocky Mountain Book Award

Nominated for The Rocky Mountain Book Award (An Alberta Children's Choice Book Award)

Nominated for the 2003 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction

An elegant, expressive dancer, Chan Hon Goh is one of the ballet world’s great stars. She is a brilliant technician

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Shortlisted for the Rocky Mountain Book Award

Nominated for The Rocky Mountain Book Award (An Alberta Children's Choice Book Award)

Nominated for the 2003 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction

An elegant, expressive dancer, Chan Hon Goh is one of the ballet world’s great stars. She is a brilliant technician possessing a delicate beauty and radiant stage presence. Born in Beijing to dancer parents, she tells the story of their flight to Canada from an oppressive regime that thwarted her father’s career, her rigorous training, and her battle to achieve acceptance as the only Chinese-born prima ballerina in the history of the National Ballet.

This fascinating look at the life of a dancer will appeal not only to the legions of Chan Hon Goh’s admirers and to students of ballet, but also to young readers who understand what it is to pursue a dream.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Simply written, this is a wonderful book for [Chan Hon Goh’s] many, especially young, admirers and will be an eminently affordable addition to any dancer’s Christmas list.”
Dance International

“…[Chan’s] autobiography…is equally merry and sweet-tempered…I for one have derived much inspiration from reading this uplifting book.”
The Asian Wall Street Journal

“This autobiography has a refreshing candour about it…Goh’s account of her life to date is engrossing for any reader, but especially for aspiring dancers.”
The Globe and Mail

“The book is lavishly illustrated with black-and-white photographs, and balletomanes will enjoy poring over every detail.”
School Library Journal

“Cary Fagan has crafted an excellent portrait that allows Chan’s voice to shine through. The book will appeal…to young dancers and ballet lovers, but should not be overlooked as an inspiration to a wide range of readers…It is a lovely memoir – like her dancing, it is delicate and passionate – and a revealing story of a remarkable woman.”
Children’s Book News

“This is a book for anyone interested in reading about an exquisite ballet dancer’s rise to the top. It’s also a book for young dancers interested in reading first hand what it takes to make it as a professional classical dancer…the story is easy to follow for dancers and non-dancers alike.”
The Gazette [Montreal]

VOYA
In this light and frothy little biography-photo essay by Goh, a prima ballerina with the National Ballet of Canada, the reader gets a sunny view of the road to success in a high-stress, highly selective profession. The daughter of two prominent Western-trained Chinese ballet dancers, Goh emigrated to Canada with her family when she was eight, the year before she began serious dance training. Although her parents, who ran a prestigious Vancouver ballet studio, initially considered her one of their less-talented dancers, Goh made finalist at the Prix de Lausanne competition the year she was seventeen. From there, her career took off. This book is all about Goh, to be sure sure, and the "prima" certainly applies to this dancer. Nevertheless, given the positive tone of the highly readable text and the frequent lovely black-and-white photos that extend it, middle and junior high school balletomanes will snap this up. Photos. VOYA Codes: 3Q 3P M J (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2002, Tundra, 152p,
— Ann Welton
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-This highly readable autobiography introduces a prima ballerina with the National Ballet of Canada. Goh was born in Beijing but raised in Vancouver by her dancer parents. She discusses the events in her homeland that led her family to emigrate, their adjustment to life in Vancouver, and her parents' struggles to build the Goh Ballet Company. She had amazing successes at international ballet competitions, earned a place with the American Ballet Theatre, but instead decided to accept a position with the National Ballet of Canada, where she quickly rose in the ranks. The tone of the book is overwhelmingly positive, but Goh does discuss some disappointments and hardships. The impression is that she has led somewhat of a charmed life, though it couldn't really have been as easy as it seems. The book is lavishly illustrated with black-and-white photographs, and balletomanes will enjoy poring over every detail.-Cheri Estes, Detroit Country Day Middle School, Beverly Hills, MI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887765964
Publisher:
Tundra
Publication date:
10/01/2002
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
7.61(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Chan Hon Goh is one of the National Ballet of Canada’s leading stars. To her many roles, she brings emotional depth and touching vulnerability. As a guest artist, Ms. Goh has been invited to dance with some of the world’s leading companies in Europe, Asia, and North America.

Cary Fagan is a writer of fiction for both young readers and adults, and a contributor to several magazines and newspapers. His work has garnered him the City of Toronto Book Award and the Jewish Book Committee Prize for Fiction. His most recent children’s book is Daughter of the Great Zandini. Mr. Fagan lives in Toronto.

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