Dancing with the Stars

Dancing with the Stars

by Robert Grayson
     
 

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What would happen if a group of actors, singers, athletes, commentators, even entrepreneurs-all accomplished in their fields-left their comfort zones and tried to master the art of competitive ballroom dancing? Could they do it? Who would be left standing? With those questions as its premise, Dancing with the Stars has captivated fans throughout the United

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What would happen if a group of actors, singers, athletes, commentators, even entrepreneurs-all accomplished in their fields-left their comfort zones and tried to master the art of competitive ballroom dancing? Could they do it? Who would be left standing? With those questions as its premise, Dancing with the Stars has captivated fans throughout the United States-and around the world-since the series debuted in 2005.

Whirling around DWTS dance floor, with the help of talented professional dancers, calls for determination, concentration, commitment, and hours of grueling practice. Then comes the hard part: Each week the celebrities and their professional dance partners perform a dance on live television in glittering costumes before three top-notch judges, all of whom were once professional ballroom dancers themselves. And if they are good enough, the celebrities get another chance to do it all over again the next week. This book provides an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the sweat, tears, frustration, aches, and pains it takes to win a championship on the show.

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Children's Literature - Melissa Rife
The television reality program Dancing with the Stars has become a big hit on television with both children and their parents. Those fans are the intended audience for this backstage guide to the show, its stars and judges, and all those others involved. Made up of five chapters, the book gives details about all the various aspects of the show. It begins by telling the story of how "Dancing with the Stars" came into being. From there, it progresses to discussing the judges and musicians and also tells the stories of some of the first winners of the show. The last chapters of the book, which discuss winners and upsets, is perhaps the least interesting part, as much of the information is readily known to the show's viewers. However, throughout the book, there are numerous sidebars, such as "Fast Facts" that are actually the most interesting part of the whole thing. For example, two fast facts reveal that costumes for the show cost up to $7000 each and male dancers' pants must be reinforced three times to prevent "wardrobe malfunctions." Overall, the book is interesting for tween readers, but does not go into enough depth for older readers. Due to the fact that the series is ongoing, the information in the book will quickly become dated. Already, there have been two winners since the book was published. This may lead to less interest with kids. This book is part of a series, which each features a reality series. It also includes a timeline, glossary, index, table of contents, and Internet resources for further information. Reviewer: Melissa Rife

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781422219362
Publisher:
Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2010
Series:
Major Competitive Reality Shows Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
1200L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

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