Wish by Grier Cooper
(Indigo Dreams #1)
Publication date: December 2nd 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
For Indigo Stevens, ballet classes at Miss Roberta’s ballet studio offer the stability and structure that are missing from her crazy home life. At almost 16, she hopes this is the year she will be accepted into the New York School of Ballet. First she must prove she’s ready, and that means ignoring Jesse Sanders – the cute boy with dimples who is definitely at the top of Miss Roberta’s List of Forbidden Things for Dancers.
But Jesse is the least of Indigo’s concerns. When she discovers her mom is an alcoholic, it simultaneously explains everything and heaps more worry on Indigo’s shoulders. As her mom’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, Indigo fights to maintain balance, protect her younger brothers from abuse, and keep her mother from going over the edge. When the violence at home escalates, Indigo realizes she can no longer dance around the issue. At the risk of losing everything, she must take matters into her own hands before it’s too late.
Grier began ballet lessons at age five and left home at fourteen to study at the School of American Ballet in New York. She has performed on three out of seven continents with companies such as San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet, totaling more than thirty years of experience as a dancer, teacher and performer.
Her work has been praised as “poignant and honest” with “emotional hooks that penetrate deeply.” She writes and blogs about dance in the San Francisco Bay Area and has interviewed and photographed a diverse collection dancers and performers including Clive Owen, Nicole Kidman, Glen Allen Sims and Jessica Sutta. She is the author of Build a Ballerina Body and The Daily Book of Photography.
- $20 Amazon or iTunes giftcard
- WISH Companion Guide (includes previously unpublished stories, background, and Indigo’s Guide to Handling Auditions and Other Stressful Events)
Top 10 Swoon-Worthy Ballet Boys
One of the first questions people ask in a discussion about ballet is: what’s up with the men? There are those who assume that if a man puts on tights he must be gay. But if that were true, why are droves of football players signing up for ballet? Regardless of the choices they make for their private lives, ballet men are some of the strongest, most athletic and graceful beings on the planet. As headliner Steve McLendon of the Pittsburgh Steelers says, “ballet is harder than anything else I do”. To quote a recent tweet (a Jane Austen spoof) from the Ballet Boyz: “It’s a truth universally acknowledged that real men wear tights.” Check out this list of Top 10 Swoon-Worthy Ballet Boys and see for yourself.
Chihon Wespi-Tschopp. Chihon began ballet at age 13 and at 14 he was offered a spot to train at The Royal Ballet School in London. An alum of the Los Angeles Ballet, Chehon won the ninth season of So You Think You Can Dance and was the first winner who was classified on the show as primarily a ballet dancer.
Desmond Richardson. Desmond is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Richardson’s talent was first recognized as a student at New York High School for the Performing Arts during which time he received a merit scholarship from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. He was formerly a principal at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and ABT.
Cory Stearns. Cory has been at ABT since 2004 in the studio company and worked his way up to become a principal in 2011. In 2009 he won the Erik Bruhn Prize for best male dancer. He also models for the runways occasionally, casual.
Alex Wong. Alex danced briefly with American Ballet Theatre before joining Miami City Ballet, where he was a principal dancer. He left Miami City Ballet to compete on So You Think You Can Dance but then had to drop out after an injury while remaining a crowd favorite. During recovery he focused on singing and acting and has since released his first dance single “Crave” on iTunes and Amazon.
Robert Fairchild. Robert and his sister Megan Fairchild are both principal dancers with New York City Ballet. The real-life romance between Robert and fellow NYCB principal dancer Tiler Peck rivals most popular big-screen love stories.
Chase Finlay. Chase is a principal dancer with New York City Ballet. In 2011, while part of the corps de ballet, he danced the title role in George Balanchine’s Apollo, one of the most sought-after male roles…and it shows the male form in a particularly enticing way.
Chris Rodgers-Wilson. Chris is originally from Australia, but studied at the Royal Ballet School before joining the Australian Ballet. Rumor has it he’s dating Andrew Killian — both of them dance at the Australia Ballet and both of them are painfully gorgeous.
Ivan Vasiliev. Ivan trained in Russia and was a prinicpal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet until he left in 2012 to join ABT as a principal dancer.
Billy Bell. After competing on So You Think You Can Dance, Billy joined Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in 2012. Most recently he founded the Lunge Dance Collective, a project based dance company for young artists.
Roberto Bolle. Roberto is a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre and has been featured in Armani and Salvatore Ferragamo ad campaigns.