Grace and Folly in Nineteenth-century Dance
Author: Elizabeth Aldrich
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
During the 1800s, dance and etiquette manuals provided ordinary men and women with the keys to becoming gentlemen and ladies--and thus advancing in society. Why dance? To the insecure and status-oriented upper middle class, the ballroom embodied the perfect setting in which to demonstrate one's fitness for membership in genteel society. From the Ballroom to Hell collects over 100 little-known excerpts from dance, etiquette, beauty, and fashion manuals from the nineteenth century. Included are instructions for performing various dances, as well as musical scores, costume patterns, and the proper way to hold one's posture, fork, gloves, and fan. While of particular interest to dancers, dance historians, and choreographers, anyone fascinated by the ways and mores of the period will find From the Ballroom to Hell an endearing and informative glimpse of America's past.
Author: Lucy Dillon
Publisher: Hachette UK
For the millions addicted to Strictly Come Dancing - a debut tapping into the world's latest craze. When three couples join a new ballroom class, they're all looking for some magic in their lives. Lauren and Chris are getting married, and Lauren's dreaming of a fairytale wedding with a first dance to make Cinderella proud. Not wanting to be shown up on the dancefloor, her parents Bridget and Frank have come along too. They normally never put a foot wrong, but Bridget's got a secret that could trip them up unexpectedly. Meanwhile Katie and Ross are looking for a quick-fix solution to their failing marriage even though neither is quite sure who's leading who anymore. As friendships form over the foxtrot, the rumba rocks relationships, and the tango leads to true love, all the students in the Ballroom Class are about to face the music and dance...
Author: Ann O'Loughlin
Publisher: Black & White Publishing
Sisters Ella and Roberta O'Callaghan live in separate wings of their crumbling Irish mansion. They haven't spoken for decades, torn apart by a dark family secret from their past, and only communicate through the terse and bitter notes they leave for each other in the hallway. Debbie, an American woman, is searching for her birth mother. She has little time left but as she sets out to discover who she really is and what happened to her mother, she is met by silence and lies at the local convent. With the bank threatening, Ella tries to save the family home by opening a café in the ballroom much to Roberta's disgust. And when Debbie offers to help out in the café, the war between the sisters intensifies. But as Debbie finally begins to unravel the truth, she uncovers an adoption scandal that will rock both the community and the warring sisters. Powerful and poignant, The Ballroom Café is a moving story of love lost and found. PRAISE FOR THE BALLROOM CAFÉ 'Secrets emerge, there's a whopper of a twist and this unabashed tear-jerker ends with a well-earthed, well-calculated emotional finale.' THE IRISH TIMES 'A moving tale of loss, love and redemption.' BELLA MAGAZINE 'Deftly written, moving and courageous.' THE SUNDAY TIMES 'Slow-marching, romantic prose draws us into an old world that is rustic, genteel, quaint...[but] scandals lie in wait.' IRISH INDEPENDENT 'Highly engaging debut you will want to dive into.' SUNDAY INDEPENDENT, Ireland 'A lovely first novel.' CATHY KELLY, bestselling author. 'A warm and engaging story in a unique and original setting. I loved journeying through the lives of these fascinating characters. A beautifully drawn, skilfully written, well-researched novel.' KATE KERRIGAN, New York Times bestselling author of The Ellis Island Trilogy 'A lovely story of two women with the courage to confront the injustices of the past, bringing light to a dark corner of Ireland's recent history.' KATHLEEN MACMAHON, bestselling author of This Is How It Ends
Author: Sharon Owens
Publisher: Penguin UK
Shirley Winters is a daydreamer in loves vintage clothes and 80's music. She is also in love with with gorgeous Declan Greenwood and can't believe her luck when her crush is rewarded with a swift marriage proposal. Older sister Kate, who enjoys collecting handbags and lovers with equal relish, is less than pleased with this news. There is no chance she is playing bridesmaid to Shirley's bride, so the rush is on to find a husband of her own. Handsome Johnny Hogan owns the ballroom on Magnolia Street, and still pines for Marion, the woman he loved and lost many years ago. And when he finds out that Declan is the son Marion had by him, he insists on playing a major part in the wedding. But little does he realize that Kate intends making it Belfast's double wedding of the year ...
Author: Catriona McPherson
Publisher: Hachette UK
A cosy Dandy Gilver mystery set in 1930s Scotland. For fans of PG Wodehouse, Dorothy L Sayers and Agatha Christie. Glasgow,1932, is a city in the grip of dance-fever. Public ballrooms and backstreet dancehalls are thronged every night and competition for professional titles is fierce. Even after the sudden death of one of last year's hopefuls there are plenty willing to take his place, and few who stop to wonder why he died. In the melting pot of the Locarno Ballroom in Sauchiehall Street, a debutante rubs shoulders with denizens of Glasgow's meanest streets, her respectable fiancé oblivious, her parents dismayed. When she starts receiving threats from a rival, they grow frantic enough to call on Dandy Gilver to save their precious daughter from harm. But as Dandy and her sidekick, Alec Osborne, begin to unravel the secrets of the dancehall, they soon discover that the rot goes much deeper than rivalry and there's more at stake than a silver cup. Despite the pretty frocks and dancing shoes, this apparently glittering world is a darker place than they've ever been before . . . Catriona McPherson's latest novel in the series, Dandy Gilver and a Spot of Toil and Trouble is now available for pre-order.
Author: Anna Hope
Publisher: Random House
'Absolutely heart-breaking. One of the best books I’ve ever read' DINAH JEFFERIES, author of bestselling The Tea-Planter's Wife ________ 1911: Inside an asylum at the edge of the Yorkshire moors, where men and women are kept apart by high walls and barred windows, there is a vast and beautiful ballroom. For one bright evening every week they come together and dance. When John and Ella meet it is a dance that will change two lives forever. Set over the heatwave summer of 1911, the end of the Edwardian era, THE BALLROOM is a historical love story. It tells a page-turning tale of dangerous obsession, of madness and sanity, and of who gets to decide which is which. ________ 'Compelling, elegant and insightful' Observer 'Beautifully wrought, tender, heartbreaking' Sunday Express 5/5 'Moving, fascinating' Times 'A tender and absorbing love story' Daily Mail 'Unsentimental and affecting' Sunday Times 'Exquisitely good' Metro
Author: Tomo Takeuchi
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
Fujita has drifted through middle school aimlessly, unable to find friends or anything that can hold his attention. Then, one day, he’s attacked by a gang and saved by a mysterious man. But this isn’t a karate master. Fujita’s Mr. Miyagi is a ballroom dance instructor! Reluctantly, Fujita takes a few beginner’s classes, only to find his inspiration… an entrancing, teenage dance prodigy named Shizuku. It’s Fujita’s first step into the high-octane world of competitive dance!
Author: Mrs. Nicholas HENDERSON
Author: Tomo Takeuchi
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Fujita has drifted through middle school aimlessly, unable to find friends or anything that can hold his attention. Then, one day, he's attacked by a gang and saved by a mysterious man. But this isn't a karate master. Fujita's Mr. Miyagi is a ballroom dance instructor! Reluctantly, Fujita takes a few beginner's classes, only to find his inspiration... an entrancing, teenage dance prodigy named Shizuku. It's Fujita's first step into the high-octane world of competitive dance!
Author: Ann O'Loughlin
Publisher: Goldmann Verlag
Die Schwestern Ella und Roberta O'Callaghan wohnen bereits ihr ganzes Leben in dem irischen Herrenhaus Roscarbury Hall. Allerdings haben die zwei alten Damen seit einem Streit vor vielen Jahren kein Wort mehr gewechselt und kommunizieren nur mit Hilfe kleiner Zettel miteinander. So erfährt Roberta auch von Ellas Plan, im Ballsaal ihres maroden Anwesens ein Café zu eröffnen. Denn ohne Einnahmequelle droht die Bank, den beiden ihr Zuhause wegzunehmen. Als Aushilfe engagiert Ella die junge Debbie, eine Amerikanerin, die in Irland nach Spuren ihrer leiblichen Mutter sucht und dabei auf ein dunkles Kapitel irischer Geschichte stößt. Auch Ella und Roberta müssen sich ihrer Vergangenheit stellen – und vielleicht verbindet sie ja mehr mit Debbie als eine reine Zufallsbekanntschaft ...
An Alice Roosevelt Mystery
Author: R. J. Koreto
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
President Teddy Roosevelt’s daring daughter, Alice, leaps into action to exonerate a friend accused of poisoning a man just about everyone hated. Alice Roosevelt, the brilliant, danger-loving daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt, has already risked an assassin’s bullet to solve one murder. She never expected to have to sleuth another, but she’d never pass up the opportunity, either. Anything to stave off boredom. And such an opportunity presents itself when Alice is invited to a lavish ball. The high-society guests are in high spirits as they imbibe the finest wines. But one man, detested by nearly all the partygoers, quaffs a decidedly deadlier cocktail. An African-American mechanic, who also happens to be a good friend of former Rough Rider-turned-Secret Service Agent Joseph St. Clair, is suspected of the murder-by-poison, but Alice is sure he’s innocent and is back on the scene to clear his name. From downtown betting parlors to uptown mansions, Alice and Agent St. Clair uncover forbidden romances and a financial deal that just might change the world. But neither Alice nor her would-be protector may survive the case at hand in The Body in the Ballroom, R. J. Koreto's gripping second Alice Roosevelt mystery.
Author: Thomas Sephakis
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
As one of the last major ballrooms located in this great nation, the Sunnybrook Ballroom is a historical and intricate part of Pennsylvania’s past. Since 1926, the Sunnybrook Ballroom has been an established landmark in its community and is recognized nationwide. Opening its doors in 1931, the grand ballroom was built as an addition to the swim club and dance pavilion. For years, Sunnybrook has served as a viable piece of Americana and has seen many big-name performers upon its stage, including Glenn Miller, Cab Calloway, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Lawrence Welk, Frank Sinatra, Tommy Dorsey, Chubby Checker, and even Bill Haley and the Comets. Using vintage photographs, The Sunnybrook Ballroom traces the history of this cherished haven for big band fans, rock and rollers, and music lovers alike.
6 Historical Romances
Author: Marie Patrick,Pema Donyo,Rue Allyn,Cody Young,Linda Kepner,Jennifer Lawler
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Ready for a change of pace from Regency London's ton? Then check out the captivating and diverse historical romances in this digital bundle. From the Wild West to medieval times, against the backdrop of India's struggle for independence and America's turbulent sixties, these couples defy the conventions and constraints of their times and risk everything to end up in each other's arms. A Kiss in the Shadows: Driven by his single-minded mission to make the man who killed his brother pay, Brock MacDermott rides from town to town on a lonely quest, careful to keep emotional attachments at arm's length--until young, beautiful Stevie Rae Buchanan insists on joining his hunt to exact her own revenge. There's no room for romance when you're chasing down a dangerous criminal, but when undeniable feelings develop between them, Stevie Rae and Brock must decide whether justice is worth sacrificing everything else. Revolutionary Hearts: To complete his mission in India's fight for independence, General Carton--a.k.a. U.S. undercover operative Warren Khan--must hide both his true objective and his heritage. But once he meets the captivating Parineeta, who holds the key to both his freedom and capturing her brother, a suspected anarchist, he finds the subterfuge more difficult than anticipated. Knight Errant: Beguine follower Juliana Verault holds the key to upending the power structure throughout Europe--a letter from the pope that could radically change the church's stance on women--but only if she can dodge the bounty hunter her cousin, King Edward I of England, has sent for her. Sir Robert Clarwyn has never failed to bring home his target before...but he has also never encountered a quarry like Lady Juliana. Katie's Hero: Katie's got a guilty secret and she's hiding out in London. Michael is a handsome young pilot who likes to play the hero, especially when there's a pretty girl involved, but duty calls him away just when Katie needs him the most. Wounded and full of regrets, he's not sure she'll give him a second glance. Tom is a lovable rogue, or that's what he likes to think. He's touring the world at the army's expense, but he's missing Katie more every day. This wonderful WWII love triangle will enthrall readers. Second Chance: Times are tight in 1969 for Bishou Howard, so she accepts a job as an interpreter for an attendee at a university conference. Louis Dessant, a French-speaking tobacco millionaire from Reunion Island, is attractive, wealthy--and carries a dark secret she accidentally begins to unravel. As the feelings between them build, she takes a risk and travels halfway around the world to his tropical island to get to the bottom of the enigma. But will Louis welcome her, or was this a monumental mistake? The Winter Promise: In the fall of 1053, Lady Imma has one loyalty: to help her uncle, the king of Wales, win his war against the English. Lord Robert, the steward of Wessex, has one loyalty as well: to keep his beloved Wessex safe from enemies. When she is forced to seek shelter in his keep, they must decide if they can listen to their hearts--or if they would be wiser never to trust each other. Sensuality Level: Sensual
A dancer on a TV competition show is paired with the actor she had a crush on in her teens.
My Wars from the Ballroom to the Battlefield
Author: Joanne King Herring
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Biography & Autobiography
She's been dirt poor; she's been filthy rich. Rich was more fun. She married three times, divorced twice, found her true love, and lost him to cancer. At twenty-one, she was told she would soon die. She lived. Doctors said she'd never be able to have children. She had 'em. She's bargained with God, dictators, and Democrats. She's partied with princes, presidents, premiers, Barbara Walters, Anwar Sadat, Margaret Thatcher, Tom Hanks, and Francisco Franco . . . though not all at the same time. She captivated powerful men with her feminine charm, and then persuaded them toward unlikely political alliances through her formidable intelligence. She waltzed with Prince Philip in Buckingham Palace, dressed in men's clothes and smuggled herself in a barrel across the Pakistani border, threw a Roman-themed party so extravagant it was featured in Life magazine, and survived a Soviet gunship attack in the mountains of Afghanistan. Joanne Herring, the Houston socialite portrayed by Julia Roberts in the film Charlie Wilson's War, is far more colorful, funny, and likable than any screenwriter could have guessed. The former Texas television anchor is known for her improbable fight with the mujahideen against the former Soviet Union. But her full story-with all its God, guns, and Gucci glory-has never been told. Born in the man's world of Texas in a time when women had limited choices, Joanne Herring blazed a trail with allies as unlikely as Charlie Wilson, Pierre Cardin, and President Ronald Reagan . . . and in so doing forged new paths for women in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and America.
Stories from the Worlds of Ballet, Broadway, the Ballroom, and Modern Dance
Author: Mindy Aloff
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Stories about dancers and the world of dance come together in this collection of entertaining and informative anecdotes that captures the variety and richness of dance as an art form, a tradition, a pastime, an obsession, a reality, and, for the dancer, an ideal.
Author: Marquita L. Scott,Spread Your Wings Publishing
Publisher: G Pub
The Ballroom is a hip, cool, entertaining, page turning urban tale that will inspire you to put on your dancing shoes and head to The Ballroom for an ultimate "dance all night" experience. Can't dance? You'll learn. Join four distinctive dancers for some exciting and unforgettable lessons impacting how they dance, live and love. Brooke Carrington, the self-assured "go-getter," determined to make things happen. Jeff Ryan, the easy-going saxophonist half-sure about taking chances. Jade Stone, the strikingly beautiful vanity princess craving nothing but attention. Ivan James, the flashy lady-killer and user with expensive taste and a cocky attitude. Brooke, Jeff, Jade and Ivan receive invitations to take ballroom lessons at The Ballroom, Detroit's hottest upscale nightclub. They heard the slogan: "They say, chances are, you'll fall in love at The Ballroom." While Brooke won't give up on love, Jeff has decided to give up on love. Jade will lose her mind if she doesn't find love and Ivan, well Ivan isn't sure if he cares about love at all. The foursome meet the first night of lessons and quickly become acquaintances but considering their personalities - the lessons get a little more personal and a lot more interesting. Who knows where being at The Ballroom will take them before and after the last dance?
Culture and Costume in Competitive Dance
Author: Jonathan S. Marion
Category: Performing Arts
Competitive ballroom is much more than a style of dance. Rather, it is a continually evolving and increasingly global social and cultural arena: of fashion, performance, art, sport, gender and more. Ballroom explores the intersection of dance cultures, dress and the body. Presenting the author's experiences at an international range of dance events in Europe, the US and UK, as well as featuring the views of individual dancers, the book shows how dancing influences mind and body alike. For students of anthropology, dance, cultural and performance studies, Ballroom provides an ethnographic picture of how dancers and others live their lives both on and off the dance floor.