"Offers an inside view of professional dance training." —The Salt Lake Tribune
"A novel about the ups and downs of life in a ballet boarding school. I snapped it up right away, and soon discovered I couldn't put it down." —Amanda Brice, author of Codename: Dancer
"If you want to know what it feels like to be a dancer in vocational training (from a fictional perspective) then give this one a whirl." —BalletNews.co.uk
Girl in Motion
At the School of Ballet New York, the most prestigious ballet school in the country, aspiring ballerina Anna becomes friends with her talented roommate, Hilary, a French exchange student, Marie, a down-to-earth mid-westerner, Jen, and one of the cutest guys in school, Tyler. The competition is intense and Anna works hard to understand her famous teachers and navigate her ups and downs with her friends. Some of the dancers struggle with eating disorders, injuries, and depression. Everyone's goal is a contract with a professional ballet company, and as graduation nears, the pressure intensifies. Although Anna goes to all the ballet companies' annual auditions, she receives not a single offer. Falling for Tyler complicates things, but with the lead in the annual workshop performance, Anna gets one last chance to make her dreams come true.
When eighteen-year-old dancer Anna Linado began her professional ballet career with the prestigious Los Angeles Ballet Theatre, she thought her dreams had come true. Company life offered glamorous colleagues, exhilarating performances, and the chance to become a prima ballerina. Then she finds an older dancer's diary hidden in her theater case, and the contents unravel her preconceptions about life in the company. Just as Anna reaches the cusp of stardom and the beginning of a promising love affair, the realities of the ballet world will change her life forever.