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The Star Struck Dance Studio by Mary Lou Sanelli

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The Star Struck Dance Studio by Mary Lou Sanelli


The Star Struck Dance Studio by Mary Lou Sanelli


The Star Struck Dance Studio of Yucca Springs

A story of two dancers, determination, and a struggle to forgive, coming this fall from Chatwin Books.

This is a story that explores the wide range of human emotion as if from behind the intimate curtain of a dance studio; the meaning of family in all its diverse varieties; determination; the struggle to understand ourselves and the behavior of others; the hope that comes from compassion and acceptance; and resilience — how pursued dreams become, over time, simply the way life is if you stay true to yourself.  With humor, compassion, a sprinkling of irreverence, and a sharp eye on contemporary life, Sanelli explores, through Lucy, what it means to be a daughter, a teacher, and a friend at a moment in her life when she is forced to approach life as a lesson in forgiveness, in an attempt to understand why haters hate.

Mary Lou Sanelli is an author, speaker, and dance teacher who has published seven collections of poetry and three works of non-fiction. Honorariums include an Artist Trust GAP Award, Poetry on the Buses, A Jack Straw Writers Award, A Seattle Bumbershoot Festival Book Award, and a GoodReads Notable Book Award. She is a regular columnist for Art Access magazine, City Living, Lilipoh magazine, the Queen Anne / Magnolia News, and she contributes to Dance Teacher magazine, the Seattle Times, and National Public Radio. The Star Struck Dance Studio is her first novel.

Pre-orders will be shipped early (significantly before official publication) to thank those who support this project.

ISBN 978-1-63398-105-8, $17.00

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Excerpt from the Star Struck Dance Studio of Yucca Springs

“When I was very young, I danced all around our house. I danced around my mother fanning herself. I danced around her complaining that we couldn’t afford air-conditioning. I danced around her touchiness once the needle on the thermometer hit one hundred degrees. I danced until I fell on the rug in a heap of exhausted giggling.

I was doing other things that summer too, like riding my bike and swimming in the community pool. My mother said I was always looking for somewhere to run off to. But that’s not what I was doing. I felt so afraid and fidgety all the time. Dancing relieved all that. Even then, I danced because I was looking for somewhere to stay.”