My latest novel, A Dancer’s Guide to Africa, has released! To help celebrate the new arrival, enjoy my other novels, Off Balance  and the award-winning Outside the Limelight for 99 cents and 1.99 respectively. Just click on their titles!


Welcome to The Classical Girl, voted one of Feedspot’s Top Ballet Blogs. If you were drawn to this site it’s possibly for one of the following reasons: you’re interested in ballet; you like classical music, or you play the violin. Or because you, like myself, are struggling to negotiate this bumpy, tricky path called life, and maybe my musings on this journey will provide further illumination.

If you’re an adult beginner to ballet (or the violin, or really, any new endeavor in life), you might enjoy my post on “Beginner’s Remorse.” Anyone interested in ballet might enjoy this artist’s spotlight on the lovely, talented Yuan Yuan Tan of the San Francisco Ballet or the humorous (maybe now, but not when it happened) “Ballet Live: Biggest Onstage Gaffes”  and/or “How I Almost Didn’t Go Back“.

Violinists and violin students might get a kick over the quaintly misguided assumptions I’d harbored as a new adult beginner in “First Violin Encounter“. Classical music enthusiasts might enjoy “The Curse of the Ninth”  or “Saint Saens at 35,000 Feet.”

And to my fellow life-sojourners, consider taking a peek at “10 Bits of Wisdom [to self] for 2016” or “Tips for a Successful and Happy Lifelong Marriage

Be sure to check out my novels: Off Balance, Book 1 of the Ballet Theatre Chronicles, and Outside the Limelight, Book 2, HERE and HERE respectively. And as mentioned above, A Dancer’s Guide to Africa, is now available!

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Take a look around, enjoy, cross-pollinate. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can feature something performing arts related that you’d love to have more information on. Come visit me on my Classical Girl Facebook page, as well, and if you like my blog here, I’d love you to “like” me there, too! If you prefer Twitter, my handle is @classicalgrrl — give me a follow and I’ll follow you back!

Thanks again for stopping by.


The Classical Girl


PS :There’s a Goodreads giveaway going on between now and October 24, 2018, where 100 (yes, that’s not a typo; one hundred!) electronic copies will be given away at midnight on Oct 24th, which you can enter, free of charge, by clicking on the link below.

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A Dancer's Guide to Africa by Terez Mertes Rose

A Dancer’s Guide to Africa

by Terez Mertes Rose

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    1. admin Post author

      Thank you, Mr. Rose. You are kind, indeed. Have you considered taking an adult beginning ballet class? I think you’d look fine in a pair of tights. Just maybe not the pink ones.

      -The Classical Girl

  1. Carolyn Burns Bass

    You know I’ve been a fangirl of your fiction, now I get to explore more of what makes your fiction so special: Music. Music interpreted through the body in the form of ballet. Music of the written word in storytelling. Music lives in you.

    1. admin Post author

      Carolyn, you are such a poet! And thank you so much for stopping by and dropping a line. Yes, these music/dance musings really ARE me, aren’t they? Or wait, are they my characters, living eternally on in me, still speaking in me long after the story has been written? Hmmm. I’d have to say a little of both.

  2. LifeScooped

    I would pay good money to see Mr. Rose in a ballet class! 😉 Not so much the tights though…
    But more so, I look forward to exploring this classical world with you!

    1. admin Post author

      Okay, I’m telling Mr. Rose this is money we’re talking here. Swing on by with your camera next time you’re in the neighborhood. : )

      Thanks so much for popping by my blog, and let me know if/when I can do the same for yours!

  3. admin Post author

    Thanks, Tara. And just for you, all-you-can-drink cyber-wine! Heck, for EVERYONE.

    I know. I know. I’m exceedingly generous.

    And exceedingly grateful for your stop-by. : )

  4. tara staley

    What a classy blog for a classy writer! I’ll enjoy popping in…with a glass of wine. This blog just lends itself to fine wine. Cheers!

    1. admin Post author

      Aww, thank you, for the nice comment, Shelby! I really enjoyed your site too – you will find me (and my readers) there again!

  5. Yoga Dancer

    Just read “Zen and the Art of Ballet: 10 Tips for the Journey” and it really resonated with me, even though I am a Certified Let Your Yoga Dance Instructor, not a Ballet Dancer, your tips and advice were bang on and apply to all dance and some to life in general. My favorite line is • There is always someone better than you. (If this is not the case, you’re taking the wrong class.)…LOVE THIS!! I’m a little pressed for time today but I certainly will be back to check out your site.

    1. admin Post author

      Yoga Dancer, I loved YOUR reply here, thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your comments. And I hope you do indeed come back, as I’d love to hear about what you teach and if something like it is available anywhere in the vicinity of Santa Cruz. I’m a yogi as well as a ballet dancer and I’d LOVE to find a class that incorporates both!

  6. Michael

    Hi Classical Girl, I’m male and love to practice ballet…in tights. I’d so love to chat with you. Please email me. Thanks, michael

    1. admin Post author

      Oh, email chat is no fun, Michael – the fun is right here, at The Classical Girl! ; )

      Very cool that you do the ballet thing, too. There are three males who regularly attend the ballet class I do, and I love their energy in the room. So much more fun as a co-ed endeavor. Keep it up and make all the women in your class happy.

      And thanks for dropping a line here!

  7. Nancy Lorenz

    I found your blog! I think you commented once on my website for my debut novel, “The Strength of Ballerinas,” that will be published by Cedar Fort (US), on September 9th, 2014. I was looking for reviewers, bloggers and/or endorsers for my novel.

    RIght now, I am trying to set up bloggers for my “Blog Tour,” which will occur from Sept. 7th – 27th. If you are interested in hosting me one day for the tour, or, reviewing, please let me know.

    I can send you all my social media info as well. My Facebook, however, is: Facebook.com/NancyLorenz(space) author.



    1. admin Post author

      Very cool, Nancy! I will plant your info in my mind and be in touch when ideas germinate!

  8. Mrs. Gilbert

    dear the classical girl
    i really love the way you write, it just speaks to me
    you are sarcastic, serious, poetic and truly you, and i really adore that, i am a ballet dancer too, i just attended the royal academy of dance in Denmark
    i feel like a little girl on Christmas eve, well, that might be because I’m only 15

    1. admin Post author

      Dear Mrs. Gilbert – your wonderful comment here made my day! You make me sound just the way I hope I sound! : ) And that is sooooo cool that you’ve attended the Royal Academy of Dance in Denmark. Wow, so impressive, and I hope it’s as wonderful of an experience as it sounds. Or at least a powerful experience (sometimes it’s too hard of work to qualify as “wonderful,” but you know what I mean, right?).

      Thanks for leaving your comment!

  9. Leslie Holleran

    I’m very grateful that the NYPL posted your Nutcracker blog on Twitter. I write about dance too (both ballet, modern/contemporary and the history of both) and learned some new things. FYI, Pacific Northwest Ballet will get a new Nutcracker in 2015. Choreography will be Balanchine’s with new sets and costumes by Ian Falconer of children’s book Olivia-fame. If you’re on Twitter too, please let me know how to follow.

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Leslie, and thanks for commenting! Always lovely to meet another dance writer, and I’d love to follow you, too, on Twitter. I’ll see if I can hunt you down there, but if not, please hunt me down! I’m @classicalgrrl. Good to know PNB is going to be making a change in 2015; they are one of the companies I enjoy following in the [ballet] news, even though I’ve never gotten the chance to see them perform.

      Glad you mentioned the NYPL posting my Nutcracker blog link. I’m getting a lot of views on the blog, but I didn’t see an obvious link feeding readers in. Now I know! : )

    1. admin Post author

      Thank you, Austin. And hey – I just took a peek at your own blog and wow – love your articles about the violin! (Other readers: you can access them by clicking on his name.) In fact, it’s like you read my mind: I started penning a blog last week about “HOW much is that violin worth?” and I was researching the top 10 priced violins in the world. Fascinating stuff. And today I saw the article on your site, from February, about the world’s most expensive violin. Cool! I plan to post my blog on the topic in a week or two. I’ll be sure and link your blog over on my “blogroll” page; I think readers will enjoy the read.

      Thanks, in the meantime, for the nice comment!

  10. Terence

    Good blog. I like the combination of ballet & violin (which I play). A few too many old weaknesses for ballet but I enjoy yoga flow.
    I recall Nuryev saying how much effort it took to stretch each day as he got older. I didn’t understand then. I was also fortunate to see him dance when he still good – he had a presence, even when still, which is exceptional.
    I recently heard Vengarov play – he’s in the same orbit. He said at Masterclass the day before “when you play the same notes in a passage, don’t play them the exactly same.”
    I wish I could follow more of his advice but technique remains a struggle.

    1. admin Post author

      Terence, thanks so much for stopping by, and sharing your comments. I thoroughly enjoyed them all!


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