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by Matthew Shaffer

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it's about a young guy struggleing in danceing and hoping to make it on so you can dance. ( )
  Dakota1116 | May 10, 2015 |
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When I initially received this book, I thought it would contain the usual diet advice, stretches, and routines for the aspiring dancer. Although not an aspiring dancer myself, I was pleased to discover that it addresses the business side of the profession (with heaping helpings of personal anecdotes). Did I say heaping? You'll come to know Mr. Shaffer very well through this book, but the retelling of his experiences is always done with a point to be made. I think the best age group for this book is pre-teen to teen; it's written in a bouncy style that will set most adults' teeth on edge, and if you are an adult it may already be too late for you to be considering this profession anyway. ( )
  mgnm | Apr 28, 2015 |
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Although I do not have any plans to try to become a professional dancer, I thought this book would be an interesting read for me, as I am a big fan of Dancing With The Stars. I found the book to be well written by Matthew Shaffer, and found it most informative how even at such a young age, he aspired to become a professional dancer, and he made his dream come true. He describes the many trials and tribulations along the meandering path that got him to where he is today. I found the parts of the book where he describes his interaction with celebrities to be very entertaining, also. For those young people who have the same aspirations as Matthew, he gives matter-of-fact and down-to-earth information and tips to help them along the way. Also included are many helpful websites to establish and further one's career as a professional dancer. To anyone interested in dancing, like myself, and to others who actually hope to become professional dancers, I give this book a big thumbs up. ( )
  lowcountry8 | Apr 10, 2015 |
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I'm not looking to be a professional dancer, but I was a dancer for almost 20 years growing up. I had spent a lot of time dreaming about being a dancer, so it was a special treat to read this book and see success stories and different tips and tricks. It brings me back to my dancing days. I like that you can kind of just flip through it and read excerpts and not necessarily need to read through it from start to finish. It has been a nice addition to my library. I received a copy for review from LibraryThings early reviewers program. ( )
  ellemichele | Apr 3, 2015 |
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For teens who want to figure out if a dance career is possible, this book is for you. Dance notes in boxes throughout the book and the workbook section will make you think seriously and logically with the statements and open-ended questions. Parts are heavy on Matthew's experiences, but are printed in a narrower font if you wish to skip over that information when rereading--and the information within needs to be revisited for someone who is dance crazy. A detriment of this book for the future is it's dated with allusions that will make it irrelevant within a decade, a shame as the advice within is not. I received a copy for review from LibraryThings early reviewers program. ( )
  stacypilot | Mar 22, 2015 |
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