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Beyond the Dance: A Ballerina's Life Hardcover – September 15, 2002


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Grade 6 Up-This highly readable autobiography introduces a prima ballerina with the National Ballet of Canada. Goh was born in Beijing but raised in Vancouver by her dancer parents. She discusses the events in her homeland that led her family to emigrate, their adjustment to life in Vancouver, and her parents' struggles to build the Goh Ballet Company. She had amazing successes at international ballet competitions, earned a place with the American Ballet Theatre, but instead decided to accept a position with the National Ballet of Canada, where she quickly rose in the ranks. The tone of the book is overwhelmingly positive, but Goh does discuss some disappointments and hardships. The impression is that she has led somewhat of a charmed life, though it couldn't really have been as easy as it seems. The book is lavishly illustrated with black-and-white photographs, and balletomanes will enjoy poring over every detail.
Cheri Estes, Detroit Country Day Middle School, Beverly Hills, MI
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“Simply written, this is a wonderful book for [Chan Hon Goh’s] many, especially young, admirers and will be an eminently affordable addition to any dancer’s Christmas list.”
Dance International

“…[Chan’s] autobiography…is equally merry and sweet-tempered…I for one have derived much inspiration from reading this uplifting book.”
The Asian Wall Street Journal

“This autobiography has a refreshing candour about it…Goh’s account of her life to date is engrossing for any reader, but especially for aspiring dancers.”
The Globe and Mail

“The book is lavishly illustrated with black-and-white photographs, and balletomanes will enjoy poring over every detail.”
School Library Journal

“Cary Fagan has crafted an excellent portrait that allows Chan’s voice to shine through. The book will appeal…to young dancers and ballet lovers, but should not be overlooked as an inspiration to a wide range of readers…It is a lovely memoir – like her dancing, it is delicate and passionate – and a revealing story of a remarkable woman.”
Children’s Book News

“This is a book for anyone interested in reading about an exquisite ballet dancer’s rise to the top. It’s also a book for young dancers interested in reading first hand what it takes to make it as a professional classical dancer…the story is easy to follow for dancers and non-dancers alike.”
The Gazette [Montreal]
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Tundra Books (September 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887765963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887765964
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,260,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gabrielle on November 25, 2011
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I loved this book! It's a rather quick read, but very interesting. Since it's a mix between Chan Hon Goh's personal journey as a Chinese immigrant and her journey as a ballet dancer, I was concerned about either aspect of the book seeming less interesting than the other. This was not the case at all, and Goh managed to intertwine these two aspects of her life in a very interesting and enjoyable way. The many photos were also beautiful to look at. The cover mentions a children's book prize, but I really think the book would appeal to almost anyone. Definitely recommended!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Trixiecat on September 25, 2007
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An interesting biography. Told in a positive manner that makes fine reading for young girls who are interested in ballet and perhaps dream of becoming ballerinas themselves one day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By stargirl 6000 on February 27, 2013
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I absolutely loved this book and will recommend it to my two amazing dance teachers, I 'll love you girls!!!!!!
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By DC on January 2, 2013
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My daughter (6th grade and an aspiring dancer) was required to read a non-fiction work for a book report. This fit the bill perfectly. It appealed to her love of dance, and was appropriate for her age and reading level. She loved the book, and it opened the door to conversations about history the role government plays in society, capitalism vs communism, and the kind of dedication and LUCK required to make it as a dancer.
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Beyond the Dance: A Ballerina's Life was purchased as a gift and sent directly to the recipient. From her comments of thanks, I believe it is very much appreciated.
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