Dance in YA Fiction

Dance-offs, ballet, and more! Check out a book that explores the complicated lives of dancers.

Arrows by Melissa Gorzelanczyk

Dance prodigy Karma Clark's unrequited love for Danny is unbearable until Aaryn, son of Cupid, tries to fix his mistake and ends up falling in love with the beautiful dancer from Wisconsin who can never love him in return.

Drina wants only to dance though her Gypsy mother has forbidden it, but when her mother suffers a horrible attack, Drina sets out to find the father who abandoned them, and is drawn into the world of flamenco dancers.

Bunheads : a novel by Sophie Flack

Hannah Ward revels in the competition, intense rehearsals, and dazzling performances that come with being a member of the corps de ballet, but after meeting musician Jacob she begins to realize there could be more to her life.

Entwined by Heather Dixon

Confined to their dreary castle while mourning their mother's death, Princess Azalea and her eleven sisters join The Keeper, who is trapped in a magic passageway, in a nightly dance that soon becomes nightmarish.

Flirty dancing by Jenny McLachlan

"Shy Bea finds herself paired with Ollie--the cutest guy in school--for a dance competition. Bea's life is transformed as she finally gets her time in the spotlight"--.

Juba! by Walter Dean Myers

In Five Points, New York, in the 1840s, African American teenager William Henry "Juba" Lane works hard to achieve his dream of becoming a professional dancer but his real break comes when he is invited to perform in England. Based on the life of Master Juba; includes historical note.

Marie, dancing by Carolyn Meyer

A fictionalized autobiography of Marie Van Goethem, the impoverished student from the Paris Opéra ballet school who became the model for Edgar Degas's famous sculpture, "The Little Dancer.".

Pointe by Brandy Colbert

Four years after Theo's best friend, Donovan, disappeared at age thirteen, he is found and brought home and Theo puts her health at risk as she decides whether to tell the truth about the abductor, knowing her revelation could end her life-long dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer.

Pointe, claw by Amber Keyser

"After eight years of separation childhood best friends are reunited. One is studying to be a professional ballerina, the other has a rare disease that is rapidly taking its toll"--.

Spin the sky by Jill MacKenzie

Magnolia Woodson and her sister are outcasts in their small Oregon town, so when she has a chance to audition for a televised dance competition she thinks the prize money may be what she needs to move her family elsewhere.

A time to dance by Padma Venkatraman

In India, a girl who excels at Bharatanatyam dance refuses to give up after losing a leg in an accident.

Tiny pretty things by Sona Charaipotra

Three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet academy compete for the status of prima ballerina, with each willing to sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.

Up to this pointe by Jennifer Longo

Devastated when her dream of becoming a professional ballerina falls through, seventeen-year-old Harper Scott takes a job as a research assistant, wintering over at McMurdo, a U.S. science station at the tip of Antarctica where, for the first time, she considers other possible futures.

The walls around us by Nova Ren Suma

Orianna and Violet are ballet dancers and best friends, but when the ballerinas who have been harassing Violet are murdered, Orianna is accused of the crime and sent to a juvenile detention center where she meets Amber and they experience supernatural events linking the girls together.

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