Reads & Recs: Books about ballet

I have a mini obsession with ballet. It’s mesmerizing to me, from learning about the craft of it, the history of it, and watching it. And since I’ve always wanted to do ballet but never took a class, I also would like to do that. But in the meantime, I’ll do what I like to do best: read.

Here are some books on my TBR list, about ballet:


Misty Copeland’s Life In Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina

Misty Copeland is one of the world’s most successful and recognizable ballet dancers, but she’s been through a lot to enjoy the position she’s in now. I’m reading her memoir now, and am blown away by her strength and passion.

Ballet Shoes, by Noel Streatfeild

I watched the film adaptation with Emma Watson in it a few years ago, and now I want to get my hands on the original book! It’s an eccentric book about three orphaned girls adopted by a mysterious traveler named Gum. The three girls eventually enter acting school, and learn who they’re going to become.

Bunheads, by Sophie Flack

Bunheads is about a 19-year-old dancer at the Manhattan Ballet Company, who has to decide between her commitment to ballet and a potential love. (I say—why choose? 😉 )

Can’t wait to get into these! Have you read any and would like to give feedback or any recommendations of your own? Let me know below.


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  • I recognize the title Ballet Shoes and the author’s name from “You’ve Got Mail”!