One Woman's story of inspiration and love - love of Art, Music and Dance.
A Story of the inspiration and encouragement found in a Dance Studio and in the arms of a Dance Instructor.
A story to make the mature heart young again.
Barbara Elaine Boddy, a medical call-centre supervisor, 62 years young and overweight, needed to lose weight and improve her health. She took up ballroom dancing and started winning ballroom competitions in North America. Thereafter, she received an invitation to the world-famous Blackpool, England dance competition and finally, to the highly-acclaimed ballroom competition in Las Vegas, USA. And yes, she lost about 60 pounds and Barbara's health improved tremendously. Now at 65, she could possibly be the healthiest grandmother of two to dance her way to her dream. A story to inspire dreams into reality.
Available at all Amazon and Barnes & Noble retail websites.
Available: February 22, 2011
A reader's comment straight from the heart ...
THANKYOU BARBARA, JUST RECEIVED YOUR BOOK FROM AMAZON, READ IT STRAIGHT AWAY AND JUST LOVED IT. IT FELT AS THOUGH YOU WERE SENDING ME A LETTER.
I DO ADMIRE YOUR SUCCESS AND YOUR DETERMINATION. DO KEEP DANCING. MY HUSBAND STAN AND I MET AT A DANCING SCHOOL IN 1954 IN CARDIFF SOUTH WALES.
WE TOO HAVE TRAVELLED THE WORLD LIVING IN DIFFERENT PLACES, I TOO LOVED TO DRESS AND THINK I LOOK BEAUTIFUL WE MARRIED YOUNG I WAS A MOTHER AT EIGHTEEN YEARS OLD, WE WERE TEENAGE PARENTS
WE LOVED OUR DAUGHTER AND THEN OUR SON, OUR CHILDREN ARE NOW MIDDLE AGE AND ARE JUST WONDERFUL, AS IS OUR 6 GRANDCHILDREN AND OUR 2 G GREAT CHILDREN.
WE HAVE JUST CELEBRATED OUR 55TH WEDDING ANNIV. MY HUSBAND SAYS THAT IF HE GOES 1ST THEN WHEN I GO HE WILL DANCE ME INTO HEAVEN.
IM NOT WAITING FOR THAT, I HAVE SENT FOR A CD JOE LOSS AND VICTOR SILVESTOR BALLROOM DANCING, PLENTY OF ROOM IN OUR HOME HERE IN CARSTAIRS ALBERTA, WE CAME HERE WHEN WE RETIRED TO BE NEAR OUR CHILDREN
WE WILL DANCE AWAY THE HOURS TOGETHER, WE ARE AGED 76 AND 73 YEAR OLD, STILL YOUNG OR THINK WE ARE, SO HERE GOES , ONE TWO THREE, ONE TWO THREE, GLIDE, GLIDE,
THANKYOU BARBARA AND YOUR DANCING PARTNER YOU LOOK JUST WONDERFUL TOGETHER.
This is Liliana. We met at 30up last week as I approached you to tell you I have read your book.
I went to see Bobby last Monday and told him I had met you in person.
I was looking at your book again, and I get somehow emotional reading the poem you wrote and some of the pages, because they reflect so much my feelings and what ballroom dance brought to my life.
I started at 55, never tried ballroom before and just 7 months later I am preparing 6 dances for Maple Leaf Classic in November.
Like you, I have been inspired by a teacher whose passion for dance has touched me in a way that made me see this as much more than a hobby.
I always tell my teacher that people have different motivation to dance and to compete.
For me, the prize is not important, but the pleasure of dancing with him, the process of preparation, perfecting the technique, seeing the changes in my body and me in general, getting younger and more energetic, learning to enjoy the journey rather than rushing through it to see end results.
I look forward to seeing you at the Maple Leaf.
5.0 out of 5 stars
Motivating and Inspiring,
Mar 28 2011
By Gerry - Published on Amazon U.S.
Whether you want to dance, write a book or run a marathon - this story is a poignant reminder that age should not be a limitation and that time is our constant companion. Barbara Boddy's account of her first tentative steps into the world of dance and subsequent successes is amusing, entertaining and profoundly honest. The gowns, the people and the tension-filled competitions come alive in her descriptions. She writes from the soul. A 'must read'!
5.0 out of 5 stars
Mar 15 2011
By tari from arizona - Published on Amazon U.S.
This review is from: Dance with Me (Paperback)
What a great book and a inspiring story. From the Beautiful Color Picture on the cover to all the beautiful photos inside this was so beautiful to look at. I truly can not imagine going through life just day to day and having taken one step into a dance studio and boy how LIFE CHANGED for this wonderful beautiful lady. This book is not only a great story but it also is so inspirational to anyone who is stuck in life and needs a push to do something they always dreamed to do. Through the authors story she also recognized everything she had accomplished and intends to keep dancing until she can't anymore.. This is a great read and i truly would recommend this to anyone looking for their dream to come true... Be Blessed everyday and enjoy life....