The Ballerinas” by Rachel Kapelke-Dale

Review by Yvonne Selander, collection development librarian

Delphine, Lindsay and Margaux became friends as young girls in ballet school all striving for the few spots available each graduating year at the Paris Opera Ballet. Through perseverance, talent and sheer force of will, all three achieve spots at POB. But now that they have achieved the goal they had since they were small have they achieved happiness?

This is a study of female friendship, the grueling nature of success based on physical aptitude and the mental pain of doing your best and dedicating hours, your entire life and being, to something and possibly not being good enough. It’s a glimpse into the life of a professional ballerina and the lives of three different women initially having similar goals who grow into themselves or struggle with who they are. It’s a fascinating look into POB, being a woman, and these women individually and as a trio – anyone who has ever watched a ballet and been stunned by the talent on stage should give this book a read.