IF YOU WERE A BALLET DANCER by Ruth Belov Gross

IF YOU WERE A BALLET DANCER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

If you were a ballet dancer. . . the people would clap and cheer. And you would be happy."" For those whose hearts such words will set to fluttering, Gross provides a series of short, fairly superficial answers to set-up questions. They deal with how much time it takes to become a dancer, why it takes so long (""It takes a lot of training"" to leap high, kick sideways, etc.), what ""you"" learn first (turnout), what kind of shoes you wear, and so on. She tries to ask her questions from a kid's perspective (""How do ballet dancers turn around and around without getting dizzy?""), but as a result some just sound silly. She manages to work in a few words on dancers' long hours and frequent injuries, along with such bits of color as what they do after a performance (""They eat!"") and how long ballet shoes last (sometimes only a couple of hours). You can get through this, photos and all, in far less time, which for some will no doubt be a plus--though the rewards are correspondingly paltry.

Pub Date: March 5th, 1980
Publisher: Dial