I’m a published writer, lifelong classical music fan, an adult beginner on the violin and a former ballet dancer, returned to the studio as a student. I love all things classical. And if humor and great writing get thrown into the equation, well, I’m all over it! If you’re a reader interested in learning more about ballet or the violin, send me an email telling me what you’d like to read. This blog was created to spread the word about the arts and music and dance, and I welcome your help.
I am the author of the Ballet Theatre Chronicles series, Off Balance and Outside the Limelight, and Ballet Orphans and the forthcoming Other Stages (summer 2023). Outside the Limelight was named a “Best Book of 2017” by Kirkus Reviews, and my third novel, A Dancer’s Guide to Africa (Oct 2018) was a quarter-finalist for the 2018 BookLife Prize. You can find descriptions and endorsements for all of my novels by clicking HERE or on “The Novels” tab above.
Earlier, I was back-and-forthing over my author photo. Fun, or serious? Below is my more dignified author photo that I decided on for the book’s back cover. Which one do YOU prefer? Interesting aside: the two photos were taken mere moments apart. On the one above, the wind gusted, my scarf flapped, my hair blew into my face and my mouth and I couldn’t have felt less dignified. Which made me laugh, a little sheepish, as I grabbed my hair and shoved it out of the way. Maybe it looks posed (“okay now, be free-spirited and laughing!”), but trust me, it wasn’t!
You can find my author’s bio and read more of my writing, including essays, book reviews, short stories, anthology excerpts, by going here: https://www.terezrose.com
I also write dance reviews and articles for Bachtrack, which you can access by going here: http://us.bachtrack.com/22/270/list-published/11337
22 thoughts on “About Me”
I just wanted to let you know I really enjoy your blog and it has been inspirational to me and I think it’s great! So I have nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. It’s just a blogger-to-blogger pay it forward kinda thing to recognize other bloggers who we feel are great at what they do and deserve some recognition. Have a great day!
Omigosh, you are sooooo sweet! That really made my day. : )
And you know what, when Dance Advantage has nomination season for ballet blogs, let’s nominate each others, okay?
Where abouts are you situated?
About 90 minutes from San Francisco, in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
This is the most interesting “about” page I’ve read so far! can’t wait to hear more from you!!
Aurora, I loved your comment! I do have a rather interesting, eclectic blend going on here, don’t I? Which pretty much sums up my life experience, as well, I suppose. Great background for a writer; I’ll never run out of stories and/or thoughts about my experiences. Nor the energy to rant and enthuse and share and emote. Do stop by again! And thanks so much for the nice comment – it made my day. : )
I was wondering do you think 13 is to late to start ballet?
Nope. Read: http://www.theclassicalgirl.com/no-its-not-too-late-for-her/
Look up Misty Copeland’s career! She is our biggest star in ballet right now, and she did not start early nor was she encouraged to pursue dance!
Derek S – yes, yes! Thanks for chiming in. Grace, here’s a must-read for you about Misty Copeland: http://www.theclassicalgirl.com/marvelous-mesmerizing-misty-copeland/
I really want to have a pair of pointe shoes, this really helped fill me in on them!
Glad this was helpful to you, Anne – thanks so much for letting me know! : )
Wow! I just “lost” several hours of my life when I stumbled upon this blog!
Wait, let me explain. I was researching for an interesting photographic and dance collaboration idea with an ex-ballerina from the Birmingham Royal Ballet. I can’t say too much detail about the project except it is an interesting and innovative merger between two very different performance art forms that you wouldn’t usually associate with each other. Any way, I digress. The subject at hand was the Black Swan variations of Swan Lake and google directed me here via the 10 things ballerina’s hate about Black Swan the movie blog entry. I was hooked! I followed links that looked interesting, discovering loads of things that either I wasn’t aware that I was interested in regarding Ballet or that I didn’t know. I watched performances and video excerpts linked. You introduced me to Prima Ballerina’s I never knew… just loads of things. The biggest revelation was just how little I knew, how much I had become fascinated and how quickly time passes! Oh yes, it also taught me how little I had barely scratched the surface of your entertaining, educational and very informative blog!
So, rather than being accusatory of you for losing several hours of my life, it is a HUGE thank you for the many more hours I will spend in pleasant and enlightening exploration at theclassicalgirl.com. THANK YOU.
Jim, I think I should use your comments as an advertisement for my site! : )
Welcome, so glad you found your way to The Classical Girl and are enjoying the articles, and I shall work hard to serve up more fun reading for you. I know what you mean about “barely scratching the surface” of ballet-related articles and discussions. There is so much out there, these days, and, since I’m researching for new angles for a Book 3 of my Ballet Theatre Chronicles series, I feel both delighted and overwhelmed at all the great information literally at my fingertips. So much reading, so little time!
I like your comments re Debussy’s Prélude à l’Après-midi d’un faune.
They recalled an Ernest Ansermet conducted performance I heard so many years ago in Geneva, Switzerland.
Yep. You’re good. Keep it up, please.
Aww, thanks, Mike! So glad you liked the comments on Debussy’s Prélude à l’Après-midi d’un Faune, and now I’m blushing prettily over your “keep it up” praise. Will do my best!
Another classical girl here and loved reading this page and your links. Have to spend some more surfingtime here 😉
Thanks for stopping by, Lucia!
Hi Terez, loved this article, which we will be sharing in our promotions for upcoming concert, CHOPIN IN PARIS. — California Symphony will be performing Franck’s Symphony in D Minor at the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek on this program on Feb 4 & 5, 2023. Details at: https://www.californiasymphony.org/shows/chopin-in-paris/
It would be my pleasure to have you and a guest attend. Let me know if you are free and interested!
* Your article re Franck 🙂
Wow, Theresa, CHOPIN IN PARIS sounds amazing! Not sure if my schedule would allow it, but I will definitely be in touch with you to let you know for sure!
I love the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek — I have seen Diablo Ballet perform there many times. My only regret is that it’s such a long drive from the Santa Cruz Mountains. But fortunately not too long.
Theresa, I won’t be able to make the concert, but I’ve posted your link to details at the top of my article, “César Franck’s Soaring ‘Symphony in D minor’.” And for readers here who don’t know what we’re talking about, they can find the article here: https://www.theclassicalgirl.com/cesar-francks-soaring-symphony-in-d-minor/