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About Adrienne

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  • Birthday 04/24/1980

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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    beginning adult ballet student
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    Nova Scotia, Canada
  1. I know this thread is from July, but I just wanted to say, "Ooh! Ooh! That's an oxymoron!"
  2. I was just talking to a friend of mine last week, a nondancer, who went to see Orpheus. It was the first full-length ballet she'd ever seen, but she loved it. Of course, as she's not into ballet, she didn't really know how to tell me what she loved about it, but it's good to know she enjoyed it.
  3. I am dying to read this book. I might wait till it comes out in paperback; I might not.
  4. I'm reading The Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald. She did a reading from it Friday night, and I went to it. It was fantastic. And I got my copy signed. Whee. I'm also in the middle of Life of Pi, although I've put that more or less on hold until I finish some other stuff. I'm reading Meridian by Alice Walker for school, and I'm rereading On Stage, Please by Veronica Tennant for about the twelve thousandth time. I also bought some computer books a few days ago-- Chapters had a "buy 2, get the 3rd one free" sale on Visual QuickStart Guides from Peachpit Press, so I bought the HTML, Ja
  5. I recently found a copy of Ballerina at a used bookstore and I read it a few weeks ago. Stewart's writing "style" is horribly ridiculous purple prose, very melodramatic, but I agree that the story is interesting and compelling. I really got to care about the characters, too. It's about 500 pages long but an easy read; I read it in two days. I can't believe I forgot to mention this one before: On Stage, Please by Veronica Tennant. It's a favourite of mine, and it's in print. It's about a ten-year-old girl named Jennifer and her first term at the National Ballet School. It's hardly surprising t
  6. Awww, thanks. I'm actually from Cape Breton, which is dear to my heart, but going to school in Halifax. I'm currently a student at Dalhousie University, which is where Lucy Maud Montgomery graduated from, and Redmond College from Anne of the Island is based on it. (Oh, yeah, and Anne was actually born in Bolingbroke, Nova Scotia. As far as I know it's a fictional town. I'm obviously a big Anne of Green Gables fan-- this happens when you are a strange, precocious red-haired girl-child, whether you want it to or not.)
  7. They performed Orpheus, which according to their site is John Alleyne's second full-length story ballet, in Halifax last night. I had wanted to see it, but I couldn't, 'cause I had to come home for Thanksgiving. Sigh.
  8. Okay, here's one that's actually still in print-- Come a Stranger by Cynthia Voight. It's about a black ballet dancer, Mina, who first experiences racism at a summer performing arts camp. I don't remember much about it, but I do remember that her first summer at camp, she and her friends do a Narnia-themed ballet, which I thought was amazingly cool. I think the book might be tangentially related to the Tillerman family saga. More out-of-print titles: Samantha on Stage, by Susan C. Farrar, about 11-year-old Samantha, who was always the best dancer in her class until the new Russian girl, Lizin
  9. Nope, I think that although Jean Ure has written ballet stories, she's not the author of the trilogy you're thinking of. You're probably thinking of a trilogy by Jean Richardson about a girl nicknamed Moth going to the Royal Ballet School. The books are called The First Step, Dancer in the Wings, and One Foot on the Ground. I own the first two, but I've never read the third. Apparently the three books were also published in one volume, although that edition is out of print, too. I never heard of the Drina books until yesterday, on this board, but I think I'll try to track them down now.
  10. I'm 23, but I read LOTS of YA and middle-grade fiction, since 1) I love it; and 2) it's what I want to write. (Well, I do write it; I just don't get it published. Someday...) My favourite young adult ballet book is As the Waltz Was Ending by Emma Macalik Butterworth, but it's out of print and very difficult to get a hold of. It's not exactly a novel-- it's mostly autobiographical and only slightly fictionalized. Amazon.com describes it as: "An autobiographical account of a young girl whose ballet career with the Vienna State Opera was interrupted by the invasion of the Nazis and who later ha
  11. A few weeks ago, I was searching specifically for ballet-related message boards. I used to post at Danceart.com the last time I was taking ballet, in 1998, and I was glad to see it's still around, but not at all glad to see they were still not using any decent board software. I like the boards there, but some things about them drive me mad. I'm glad to have found this place.
  12. Well, this makes me feel boring. I'm Canadian, and currently living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Although the hurricane this week was anything but boring...
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