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My Ballet Journal by Monica Wellington with Lydia Wellington

My Ballet JournalTitle: My Ballet Journal

Author: Monica Wellington with Lydia Wellington

Publisher: Dover Publications

Published: October – December, 2014 (depending where you are in the world!)

Size: 32 pages

Rating:   3/5

As the title says, this is a journal and not a story book. It enables the user to record information over a year about their ballet class, friends, dress codes, ballet positions as well as giving reminders on different aspects of ballet – steps, moves, ways to stretch and the like. It also has space to record most embarrassing moments, dance roles, make up used and performances. Additionally there is a dictionary of Ballet terms. This could easily become a keepsake to remember key moments in that young ballerina’s year.

What a fantastic book for any ballet dancing young ladies (sorry, not really appropriate for boy ballet dancers as all illustrations are of girls – unless they like wearing leotards, their hair in a bun, tiaras, etc though much of the rest would be fine for either gender)! It is a great guide to new ballet dancers, offering tips and guidance. It is also a colouring book enabling the user to totally personalise their journal by both their art work and their entries. It could easily be used to record progress throughout its use. Very disappointed it doesn’t show dancers of both genders – hence the star rating – if purchased for a male dancer the rating would be lower, for a female, higher.

Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

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