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Awaiting Madame: Life Inside The House Of One Uber-Class Family
     

Awaiting Madame: Life Inside The House Of One Uber-Class Family

by Dan Weltner
 
In the wake of an injury, Broadway dancer Matthew Whyteman goes overseas to serve as the fitness trainer for an octogenarian heiress. But after being thrust into an unfamiliar old-money world and initiated into the ranks of a highly dysfunctional live-in staff, Matthew finds out that life with Madame is a far cry from the easy-money gig he anticipated. In spite of the

Overview

In the wake of an injury, Broadway dancer Matthew Whyteman goes overseas to serve as the fitness trainer for an octogenarian heiress. But after being thrust into an unfamiliar old-money world and initiated into the ranks of a highly dysfunctional live-in staff, Matthew finds out that life with Madame is a far cry from the easy-money gig he anticipated. In spite of the fact that his idle assignment (Awaiting Madame) becomes an inescapable purgatory, he digs into the role and fights to secure his position within her entourage.
While traveling to various properties in Morocco, Austria, England, and France, his middle-class American upbringing humorously collides with her European über-class lifestyle. And although the journey with Madame ultimately renews Matthew's creative spirit, it also reminds the reader that inspiration often dwells in unexpected places.
Based on actual events, Dan Weltner details Matthew's gap year abroad in the form of a witty first-person narrative, and pointedly exposes the oddities of working as a servant within a twenty-first century upstairs/downstairs household.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780692477700
Publisher:
Words By Weltner
Publication date:
07/14/2015
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Dan Weltner holds a BA in Theatre (and a passion for dance) from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

For fifteen years, he toured internationally as a professional dancer with several New York City companies, performed on five continents, and served as a guest artist/choreographer at numerous colleges and universities throughout the United States.

After retiring from the road, Dan joined the faculty of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where he instructed dance technique within the BFA drama program.

Nearly a decade later, he took a break from academia (to accept a full-time freelance assignment as a personal trainer) and thus the seeds for his debut novel were planted.

Dan currently lives in Manhattan, teaches at Core Pilates NYC, and spends his spare time writing, choreographing, and baking.

From time to time, he can also be spotted waltzing around as a principal dancer in film and on television. But don't blink. Dance happens fast.

For more information, please contact: danielweltner@gmail.com.

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