Category Archives: Dance

I have books coming out!

In fact, I have three books due out this year. All are young adult fiction.

Two books in the Pointe Perfect series – which has six books in total – will be out in 2018. One in August and the other in November. The series follows a student, Jessica Hamilton, through her final three years at an elite ballet school.

Additionally, a sweet young adult romance involving a male Irish dancer who’s keeping his dancing secret from everyone at school will be out in October. (I’m going to be travelling throughout September, so I had to move some dates around)

The first book in my Pointe Perfect series has a page up here, and will go up for preorder across many ebook stores (and will be available in print on Amazon) in a few weeks. The release date is the 22nd of August.

Here’s the cover. The blurb is beneath it.

Cool Competition (Pointe Perfect Jessica Hamilton Book #1) by Natalia Heaney

 

Cool Competition (Pointe Perfect #1)

 

‘The new girl is called Sarah. And she’s better than me.’

 

Jessica Hamilton has two goals for the year 1997:

#1 Get promoted to the advanced ballet class.

#2 Dance the Winter Fairy solo in Cinderella.

Everything is going well, and it looks like she might earn both her dreams – and then a new girl arrives at the ballet school and changes everything.

Extra competition is the last thing Jessica needs, and just like that her goals seem far out of reach. No matter what she does, Sarah Webster does it better.

And right when things couldn’t get any worse at ballet, disaster strikes at school, too.

Suddenly it seems like it’ll be hard enough simply surviving the year. However, maybe, just maybe… luck will turn back on Jessica’s side.

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R.I.P. Errol Pickford

Errol Pickford as The Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty © Leslie Spatt Royal Ballet Royal Opera House

In The Sleeping Beauty.

Australian-born ballet star Errol Pickford, who was a principal with Britain’s Royal Ballet, has died at only fifty-one years of age.

Pickford, famous for his performances in The Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote, also danced with the West Australian Ballet after leaving Britain.

Irish Dance Books

World Irish Dancing Championship 2018

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The 2018 World Irish Dancing Championships – held in Glasgow this year – are drawing to an end this week.

Irish dance became popular around the world in the mid-1990s, with Riverdance, and thousands of people compete at Worlds every year (and they are just the dancers who qualified and could afford to go!).

You can look at some pictures HERE. It’s a very shiny discipline these days, and this year there’s a fashion for towering wigs, but if you watch them dance (that is a video from a competition in America), you can appreciate the hard work that goes into it.

There are very few fiction books about Irish dance, compared to – say – ballet. However, you can find some HERE.

Offsetting Penalties by Ally Mathews

Offsetting Penalties by Ally Mathews

Isabelle Oster has dreamed of being a prima ballerina her entire life, so when the only male dancer backs out of the fall production, she’s devastated. Without a partner, she has no hope of earning a spot with the prestigious Ballet Americana company. Until hot jock Garret practicing stretches in one of the studios gives Izzy an idea, and she whips out her phone. But does she really want this badly enough to resort to blackmail?

All-state tight end Garret Mitchell will do anything to get a college football scholarship. Even taking ballet, which surprisingly isn’t so bad, because it means he gets to be up close and personal with the gorgeous Goth girl Izzy while learning moves to increase his flexibility. But Izzy needs him to perform with her for the Ballet Americana spot, and he draws the line at getting on stage. Especially wearing tights.

Offsetting Penalties by Ally Mathews

Offsetting Penalties is a sweet high school romance dealing with an aspiring footballer and an aspiring ballerina, with a “wrong side of the tracks” theme.

Our heroine does something that isn’t particularly nice – blackmail! – in order to get our clueless hero to dance with her in a ballet performance. Anyone who’s ever done ballet knows how hard it is to find enough guys for shows. They usually have to be recruited from other areas.

While I found some of the dance scenes a bit odd (there was a lot of random stretching before the poor guy even learnt the first thing about ballet!), it’s nice to see books where teenagers train hard to achieve a near-impossible dream.

 

Review copy provided by NetGalley.

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Irish dancers in Waikiki, Hawaii, USA during the St Patrick’s Day parade in 2012.

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Waikiki_St__Patricks_Day_Parade_-_Irish_Dancers_(6870257790)Waikiki St Patrick's Day Parade - Irish Dancers 17th March 2012

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Gorgeous Art Print: “Clara and the Nutcracker”

This gorgeous “Clara and the Nutcracker” print can be bought from Jessica Grundy!

Clara and the Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Today is the 120th anniversary of The Nutcracker Ballet.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker – Waltz of the Flowers – Royal Ballet

The Royal Ballet’s lovely version of The Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker.
I love their port de bras.

 

The Nutcracker

To kick off December, here is the Royal Ballet’s wonderful Snow scene from the Nutcracker. It stars a young Alina Cojocaru and Ukrainian dancer Ivan Putrov.