At forty-five, Jamie Rose was an independent, take-charge woman whose career as an actress was going nicely, with frequent roles on hit television shows and in films. Yet there was one area of her life that wasn't working: her love life. She'd been living with her boyfriend for five years, and although she was ready to get married, he wasn't. His reason? They fought too much-and unfortunately, he was right. But something magical happened when she signed up for tango lessons: She began to appreciate the power of being a partner in a dance for two-and that letting someone else take the lead from time to time wasn't giving up, but rather, letting go. In this funny and wise book, Rose shares with readers the life lessons she's learned from tango and the other great partner dance traditions.
Dance changed Rose's life, and she discovered that she wasn't the only one. Over and over, the women she encountered at dance halls-women from age twenty to ninety-three-told her how falling in love with dance helped them fall in love with life again. The secret? Whereas before they may have worried that if they let go of their grip on things for a moment, everything would fall apart, now they knew that sometimes letting go of the lead was the best way to keep things together-especially in a relationship.
For anyone who has ever marveled at Fred and Ginger up on the silver screen (how could they be so in sync?), Shut Up & Dance shows readers how to dance their way into a happier, sexier life-even if they never step onto a dance floor.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.52(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.62(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Table of Contents
Introduction: I Am Woman, I Am Strong, So Why Aren't I Happy? xvi
chapter 1 Your First Partner Is You 27
chapter 2 Your Inner Goddess 45
chapter 3 L Is for Listen 65
chapter 4 Take Me to My Leader 101
chapter 5 O is For Open Your Heart 127
chapter 6 V Is For Voice Your Desires 159
chapter 7 E Is For Embrace your Partner 187
What People are Saying About This
"In her delicious new memoir, Shut Up & Dance! Jamie Rose turns feminism on its head by relating how she became stronger and more secure by yielding, first on the dance floor and then in real life. Like the tango, the advice in this book is simple, elegant, brilliant, and very sexy."
"A compulsively readable, refreshingly helpful book about how to get out of a relationship rut. Readers can start putting Rose's suggestions into practice before they even reach the final page."-Hope Edelman, New York Times bestselling author of The Possibility of Everything, Motherless Daughters
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A book that combines two things that interest me, dancing and relationship advice. As a dancer for most of my childhood and teen years, I love dancing more than most things. I may admit to watching Dancing with the Stars and just wishing that I was a former star, so I could grace that stage with the costumes and dance combinations. So when I heard about a book that uses dance as a platform to convey relationship advice, I was more than intrigued. From the beginning, she had me hooked because I felt like she was talking about me - hard headed, stubborn and a woman who wants to find herself in control all of the time - yep that's me! Thankful for my single years, which made me who I am, they may have also made me a little more self sufficient and needing of control. Through her book, I realized that following the boy's "lead" doesn't mean I am giving up control, it just means we are moving together as a unit as we should be. I would absolutely recommend this book to the ladies of my generation who had a time being single and may have become used to being in control of all the decisions of their lives. We are a generation that didn't go straight from college to married life, but instead we are creating our own homes before we get into relationships - because of this we may not be the most accomodating to "someone" invading our homes and lives!