Cirrone, Dorian. Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You. New York: HarperCollins, 2005. Amazon.com:Buy the book in hardcover orpaperback.
NOVEL: "I hadn't really thought of my breasts as "problem breasts." It made them sound like children who wouldn't behave. No bra was going to keep these babies a secret. And those tips for the full-figured girl in the magazines? Please. Even NASA couldn't design a tank suit to camouflage my proportions.
Kayla Callaway has been studying ballet since she learned to walk, and her heart is set on a future in the dance world. She's sure she'll get a solo part in Cinderella, the spring ballet at her high school.
But when the parts are finally posted, Kayla is shocked that she's only landed a role as a stepsister and an ugly one, at that! The brutal truth: Ballet and big boobs don't mix. Suddenly Kayla's dream for the future has become a real-life fractured fairy tale.
To make matters worse, bloodred pointe shoes with threatening messages start popping up all over school. When Kayla learns that she'll be wearing red pointe shoes in the ballet, she wonders if the messages are meant for her. But who are they from? And more important -- what do they mean?"
Dubosarsky, Ursula. The Red Shoe. New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2007. Amazon.com:Buy the book in hardcover.
NOVEL: "Funny, tough-minded and tender, this is the story of Matilda and her two sisters growing up in Sydney, Australia in the 1950s at the time of the Cold War Russian spy crisis known as the Petrov Affair. Punctuated by the headlines of the time, it shows with unsettling clarity how the large events of the world can impinge on ordinary lives." Winner of the Queensland Premier's Literary Award 2006 (Australia).
Powell, Michael and Emeric Pressburger. The Red Shoes. New York: Ungar, 1987. Amazon.com:Buy the book in hardcover orpaperback.
NOVEL: From Library Journal: "Starlets have often attributed their initial artistic inspiration to Powell and Pressburger's 1948 classic film, The Red Shoes. This new edition of the enduring tale is similar to the Romeo and Juliet story, except the scoundrel is the impresario of the Ballets Lermontov. Under the guidance of Boris Lermontov, the young artists blossom. Julian, a budding musician, composes a ballet for an aspiring ballerina, Vicky. The ballet is a tremendous success and becomes Vicky's signature piece. As the young artists achieve fame and recognition, they fall deeply in love and marry...against the wishes of their mentor. Subsequently driven from the company, they strive to balance devotion to their art with their personal relationship. The writing style is elegant and evocative of the artistic mindset and lifestyle, beautifully depicting the passion and commitment felt by artists."
I have listed primarily
classical compositions of music using the themes of this fairy tale in
either ballet, opera or some other musical style. I have also provided
links to popular recordings of the music when available at Amazon.com.
The advantage to these links is that you can listen to samples of the
music at no charge.
Song Title: The Red Shoes Artist: Kate Bush Genre: Pop/Rock Music Label: Sony Original Release Date: 2000 on The Red Shoes
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