Thanks to Family Christian for a review copy of this book, and for the giveaway certificate.
As a child, I was a dancing wanna-be. I so clearly remember standing beside the rickety stage at Oktoberfest, gazing longingly as the Dixon Dance Studio kids filed onstage in their glittery costumes. At recess, I’d do made-up dance steps, once prompting a recess teacher to ask, “Are you in dance?” Embarrassed, I shook my head. Then who could forget the highlight of Saturday night’s Lawrence Welk Show — it was, of course, the dancers Bobby and Cissy.
As an adult, some of my favorite times were spent in the studios of our local ballet school, where I didn’t dance, but played lovely music as I watched others leaping and gracefully moving across the rooms. To this day, not a Christmas goes by that doesn’t see me in the audience for “The Nutcracker.”
Jenifer Ringer: Dancing Through It
So I was a natural to read “Dancing Through It: My Journey in the Ballet” by New York City Ballet dancer Jenifer Ringer.
But I didn’t anticipate how much I’d enjoy the book. Jenifer (yes, it’s an odd spelling, and yes, you’ll understand it after reading the book) takes you along on her life journey, from childhood through her teen years and right up to the present.
I was struck by how much of a kindred spirit she seemed to be: we’re both introverts, and I understood fully what she meant when she told her husband, “Being with you is even better than being alone!” (he took this as a bit of an insult and just didn’t get it). I related too to all the angst of her early 20s that she described so well: it took me back to that time in my own life, when we seem to feel and experience things in a greater way than we do later. I could feel her excitement and happiness as she met and dated her future husband, James. I understood her confusion as she struggled to keep her job (ballet) and her diet all in their proper places. I related to her “good girl” status and her desire to do everything well.
A Christian Artist
Most of all, I appreciated her Christian witness in the book, and can imagine that it would be really difficult to live as a Christian in the highest echelons of the arts world — a notoriously godless place (I remember, years back, reading a memoir by an oboist in a famous orchestra. I was shocked by the lawless and godless behavior described as normal life for artists).
I just loved this book. You can buy it at Family Christian for $18. I think it would make a wonderful gift for anyone who enjoys the arts, or may be as a birthday or graduation gift for a girl who dances.
Family Christian is offering a $10 appreciation certificate (basically a gift certificate) to one of you. You can use it to buy this book, or for anything else in their stores, either online or brick-and-mortar.
Use the Gleam form below to enter by March 21, I’ll choose a random winner March 22.