SA BALLET ACADEMY
SA's FIRST ORIGINAL BALLET SERIES FOR YOUNG READERS
Ballet, dance, adventure, mystery, fantasy and a touch of first-love romance combine in this spellbinding series.
Meet Gemma James, she’s just your average 13-year-old girl but with big dreams: to be a professional ballet dancer.
Gemma attends the SA Ballet Academy where only the best dancers train. She has her eye on the top, and nothing is going to stand in her way.
But life in a school as prestigious as the South African Ballet Academy can be tough: your technique must be exceptional, your dedication paramount, and you cannot be distracterd by the whims of teen life, such as petty rivalries and cute guys.
Or the eerie old school itself, which seems to have its fair share of secrets.
Yet this is exactly what Gemma and her best friends Marley and Dineo have to grapple with as they plie, jete and pirouette their way to center stage.
Dance with your Heart, the first book in the SA Ballet Academy series by Bronwyn Mulrooney, is available on Amazon now!
ABOUT THE BOOK
A ghostly secret revealed in the dead of night, in an old ballet school.
An enchanted ballet.
And one girl's dream to dance.
Thirteen-year-old Gemma James is just your average Joburg girl. But she has big dreams: to be a professional ballet dancer.
So when she is accepted into the prestigious South African Ballet Academy, she's over the moon! Tutus, tiaras and a life en pointe are all finally within reach.
Now the academy is putting on a performance of the enchanting ballet Giselle, and Gemma is determined to get a lead role.
But the discovery of a 100-year-old secret in the eerie old academy building, stiff competition from the other dancers, and the constant harassment of Super Snob and star dancer, Aimee Atherton, all threaten to derail Gemma's chances.
Plus cute new boy Ethan Blake has just transferred to the academy from a top London ballet school, and he's complicating things even further.
Will Gemma get her chance to dance?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stories of magic and mystery, faeries and fantasy - that's what I was raised on. And what I believe fuelled my passion for writing stories that (I hope) capture my readers' imagination and whisk you away to wonderfully whimsical places.
Dance with your Heart is my first book. A magical realism novel with urban fantasy themes, the story is set in a fictitious Johannesburg ballet school, the prestigious South African Ballet Academy.
The story is inspired by my own experiences as a young dancer.
Like the characters in the SA Ballet Academy series, I also had dreams of becoming a professional ballet dancer.
I studied the Cecchetti method as a child, reaching the advanced level, and danced for the Johannesburg Youth Ballet for two years between 1993 and 1994 where I danced in Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty.
I gave up ballet in Grade 11 (something I wish I had never done! Psst...if you're a dancer, don't give up!)
When not lost in thought dreaming up new plotlines involving sassy Gemma, marvellous Marley, determined Dineo, funnyman Mitch and dreamy Ethan, I run my own freelance writing and editing business from my home in George, Western Cape.
I studied journalism and previously worked for Now Media, Systems Publishers, SABC Radio and Primedia Broadcasting.
I am married and live with my husband Miles, three sons Cayden (9), Cullum (4) and Finn (4 months) and our crazy dogs Lola, Grayson and Moxie.
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