Dancing On The Inside

Dancing On The Inside

by Glen C. Strathy

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ISBN-13: 9781462018703
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/06/2011
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range: 9 - 11 Years

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Dancing on the Inside 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great story about pursuing your dreams, overcoming shyness, the art of ballet, and the value of friendship. Any tween-aged girl will love this book, and older girls as well.
queenpanda0 More than 1 year ago
Dancing on the inside BY Glen Strathy This is a wonderful read. It is so interesting that I can not help but reread it. The main character is so real, with her faults and strengths. All the characters relate in some way which makes the story all that much better. The author has showed the reader that dreams can come true in every life setting, even dreams that you didnt know you you have. Seeing the drama that appears at any given moment in the story, for the main character who has her own troubles, let the readers feel as if anything is possible. This story is so intriguing that I had to keep reading as well as reading it to the children on my block. I am glad I have read it and recommend this book to everyone .
RadersFavorite_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Brenda C. for Readers Favorite Jenny Spark fell in love with ballet after her grandparents sent her a DVD of Swan Lake. Even though she had never seen a live ballet or met a dancer she longed to be a part of that world. She convinces her mother to allow her to enroll in ballet class at the "Kingston Ballet School." The thing is, Jenny is painfully shy and can't imagine ever dancing in front of anyone let alone participate in a class, so she comes up with a plan to just observe in class, taking notes that she can use at home to practice on her own. When Jenny's parents learn what she has done, they pull her out of dance class, but Jenny's determination has her trying to figure out a way to continue observing class. Can she come up with a plan that will allow her to continue to be a part of her class, and will she ever be able to overcome her shyness to achieve her dreams? The author writes with such clarity and insight about the struggles of dealing with self confidence, something that many people struggle with. Even though this book is geared toward teen girls it speaks to anyone who struggles with shyness, and the inability to make friends or have confidence in themselves. Jenny was so easy to connect with. The struggles she had in making friends made her seem so real, and I loved when she finally became friends with Ara, who was actually the total opposite of Jenny which was exactly what Jenny needed. It was so inspiring to watch Jenny slowly grow and change, and that was something else that made this book seem so realistic; instead of having Jenny just change overnight it was a slow ongoing process, with the self doubt she had rearing its ugly head again and again. Except for a couple of minor editing issues this story is perfect. The author gives us compelling characters who are so easy to connect to, and because of the issues Jenny struggles with, many will be able to relate to the story, especially teen girls. A story that is motivational as well as , this book is great for anyone who struggles with shyness or self doubt.
TheShibby More than 1 year ago
"Dancing on the Inside" was a wonderful read. It was believable, interesting, and engaging - so much so, in fact, that I read it in one go! This story touched my heart, and I am sure it will do the same to others; how could it not? The main character is great: she has her faults, but they do not truly detract from her person; in fact, they make her all the more real. The other characters are all relatable, too, which makes the flow of the story all the better. This is an amazing tale that allows the reader to see how dreams can come true in realistic settings - even dreams that are unknown at the time! It also shows how the parental figures in a young person's life can mean well, and yet do a bit of damage at the same time - this is important for this story because it really brings the reality of the entire thing home to the reader. Seeing the drama that can unfold in any given moment for the main character, who already struggles with her own drawbacks, lets the reader step back and recall their own personal dramas - and their subsequent victories. Throughout the entirety of "Dancing on the Inside" I wanted to know what happened next; what else would this girl dream up that would make her happier? What other antics would the other characters get up to that would alter the desires of the main character? So intriguing and touching was this story that I not only had to keep reading, but towards the end I was fighting back tears of joy for her successes and her personal growth! While this story is not my usual type of read by any stretch of the imagination, I am beyond glad that I decided to take a leap and go for it. This will be not only one of my favourite stories to re-read, but one that I will read to my daughters, too, because it is just the type of story to motivate them and get their own dreams flying.
coffeenut1992 on LibraryThing 18 days ago
I won this book from Librarything Member Giveaways - Thank You -This is the lovely story of Jenny, a young girl who loves ballet and yearns to learn ballet but struggles with her shyness and fear of the spotlight. Her love of ballet as well as a friendship she develops help her to overcome her insecurities, and she is finally able to have her dream come true.Jenny is such a beautiful, lovable character. Great book!
lostinalibrary on LibraryThing 18 days ago
After watching a DVD of The Nutcracker, 12-year-old Jenny convinces her parents to sign her up for ballet lessons. Unfortunately, Jenny cannot overcome her shyness enough to dance in front of others. But she persists, sitting in the room watching the other girls dance, even filming them. because, more than anything, she loves ballet even if she can only dance for herself.This is a very sweet and charming story about a little girl's determination to follow her dreams despite her parent's protests, the teasing of others, but, most especially despite her own crippling fears. It is also about the value of friendship and the need to accept help to overcome the obstacles that keep us all from dancing in front of others. This is a wonderful story, perfect for any little girl who dreams of learning to dance, especially if she is too shy to do it.
reb922 on LibraryThing 18 days ago
Dancing on the Inside is the story of Jenny who has a love of dance and convinces her parents to let her take ballet. However Jenny is shy and afraid to the point that she can't bring her self to actually dance at dance class. Despite her inability to participate she manages to still attend classes and befriends Ara. Together they bring out the best in each others skills. This was a nice story of friendship and the importance of finding a way to overcome your fears and finding a way to do what you love.
tvordj on LibraryThing 18 days ago
I read this book all in one sitting. This is aimed at young to mid-teens so it was an easy read for me. The heroine of the story is Jenny, a very shy 12 year old who really wants to dance ballet but discovers that she's too shy, too insecure and has a panic attack at the idea of trying to learn to dance with anyone else watching. She loves ballet so much, however, that she connives a way to be allowed to observe the classes. She takes notes and practices alone at home in secret. Ara is quite the opposite of Jenny. She's outgoing and spontaneous. She loves to dance too and is unafraid and passionate. She and Jenny become friends and help each other become better dancers on their own. Through this, Jenny discovers that she has a real talent for choreography and with the help of the new instructor, the girls work together to put on the spring recital, an original ballet. The book is the first work of fiction written by the author and I really enjoyed it. The story flowed well, kept my interest and brought the world of ballet to life for me. Jenny and Ara did seem a bit too mature for 12 year olds in some ways but as the book is aimed at that general age range, I think their personalities and dreams would appeal very much to girls just starting to edge past childhood. I'd certainly recommend it.
tillien on LibraryThing 18 days ago
Such a cute book. It was a very quick read and honestly I couldn't put it down. I relate a lot to Jenny. I was the shy one in junior high/high school. The one who wanted to be great at things, but was afraid to fail. The one who didn't realize the talent I had. I think this is a must read for any teen/pre-teen who is shy and has a dream. The ending of the story was so sweet and I think that ballet really needs to be produced :)
SaritaD on LibraryThing 18 days ago
I loved this book and wished it could have lasted longer. I grew up taking ballet lessons as a child, and from the very beginning of the book, I immediately identified with the main character, Jenny. Jenny has an overwhelming passion for dance, but is unable to act on her passion because she suffers from a crippling shyness. I was always the shy kid standing at the edge of the ballet classroom. The plot was interesting and the characters were real to life. This was an enjoyable quick read for me and I would certainly recommend it others.
jynxpierce on LibraryThing 18 days ago
Wonderfully inspiring tale of a young girl painfully shy, wanting to dance ballet. The friendships that she makes breaking out of her shell give every shy, awkward girl hope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first read of the dancer theme, as a dancer. It was fun to know what they were talking about. But the story is very relatable and no dought will make you want to dance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story! I couldn't put it down. It's well-written, and interesting, with believable characters and problems. I'm pretty sure I will reading this again and again, not to mention sharing it with friends.
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