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Glen C. Strathy

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Glen C. Strathy started writing stories when he was 11 years old and too shy to have a life. He eventually found a life when he started acting in community theatre and met other writers, actors, dancers, and artists. He discovered that the best thing about performing arts (and other arts, too) is that they give people more freedom to be who they want to be. After spending time as an actor, teacher, co-author of a New York Times Bestselling Business Book, and freelance writer, he returned to his first love, fiction, and wrote Dancing on the Inside, a novel for ages 9-12.

Glen C. Strathy earned an M.A. in English from the University of Western Ontario, and graduated from the Artist in Community Education program at Queen's University, Kingston. He co-authored two non-fiction books and belongs to the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). His website provides advice to budding authors.

Glen lives with his wife, fellow writer Kaitlin Rainey, and their daughter in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Website: http://www.glen-c-strathy

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Dancing on the Inside
by Glen C. Strathy
iUniverse, 2011.
ISBN 978-1-46201-870-3 hbk.
ISBN 978-1-46201-871-0 pbk.
236 pages

Ever since her grandparents gave her a DVD of Swan Lake, twelve-year old Jenny Spark has wanted to be a dancer. But on her first day of ballet class, she suffers a panic attack and makes a horrifying discovery. She’s terrified of dancing in front of the other kids. As for actually performing for an audience—forget it!

Yet Jenny refuses to give up her dream. With determination and a little ingenuity, she finds ways to observe ballet classes without actually participating. She trains in the safety of her room, while hiding the truth from her parents. Then Jenny meets her exact opposite: Ara Reyes, an outgoing, spontaneous, and accident-prone girl who loves dancing but has always been overlooked.

The girls’ friendship blossoms as they help each other uncover their real talents. Ara’s dancing takes a leap forward and Jenny discovers she has an amazing gift for choreography. With the support of the school’s newest teacher, Jenny’s original ballet might just make it onto the stage. But will Jenny?



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