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Dancing Through Life: Lessons Learned on and off the Dance Floor Hardcover – September 4, 2007
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Though the title might evoke thoughts of spinning lithely around life's troubles, anyone who has participated in dance can tell you things get bruised and broken along the way. Benevento, a former national ballroom dancing champion, knows all too well that, despite the elegance of the Waltz or the energy of the Cha Cha, anyone can find themselves flat on their butt. So how does one recover? A few of Benevento's to-the-point tips will certainly help: "be gentle with yourself," give yourself "permission to begin again-and again and again" and "to keep trying is to succeed." Though her take on "energy" is happily offbeat ("desire is the energy that moves us forward," dance is "energy in motion," and "motion can alter the mind"), chapters on "Silencing the Inner Critic," "Dancing Solo" and "Taking the Lead" may not give readers much new information; still, Benevento's straightforward statements and analogies make her lessons encouraging and easy to follow, and she doesn't waste time on tear-jerking anecdotes or elaborate philosophy. Though it's more re-affirming than inspiring, Benevento's fleet-footed self-help is a good way to feel better about the unavoidable missteps of life.
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“Dancing Through Life teaches you how to be a thriver, as well as a survivor by combining age-old wisdom with practical examples. It teaches and coaches you to find your authentic rhythm and your correct dance step on your path through life.” ―Bernie Siegel, MD, the New York Times bestselling author of 365 Prescriptions For The Soul and Prescriptions For Living
“Learning how to become a good ballroom dancer is one of my most heartfelt desires. So when Dancing Through Life came into my life, I was delighted. This honest, down-to-earth guide to living life fully is relevant for all our relationships--whether or not we ever step on the dance floor. This book is great.” ―Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Mother-Daughter Wisdom, and Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
“Filled with inspiring maxims to help you cope with your inner critic and fuel your dance drive, this book is the perfect remedy for handling a variety of life's struggles, from a tough day of classes to a fight with you beau.” ―Dance Spirit Magazine, December 2007
“Though the title might evoke thoughts of spinning lithely around life's troubles, anyone who has participated in dance can tell you things get bruised and broken along the way. Benevento, a former national ballroom dancing champion, knows all too well that, despite the elegance of the Waltz or the energy of the Cha Cha, anyone can find themselves flat on their butt. So how does one recover? A few of Benevento's to-the-point tips will certainly help. Benevento's fleet-footed self-help is a good way to feel better about the unavoidable missteps of life.” ―Publishers Weekly--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
and I wish we could have spent more time together when we were children. Love you Antoinette, your cousin Carol
The metaphor of dancing to real happiness in life is at best minimal.
The author bases her experience as a dancer, competitor and owner of a Fred Astaire franchise. Yes, we do observe personalities in our professions and we can sometimes see the forest thru the trees, but don't look to this book to find your path.