Dancing in the Dark

Ï Dancing in the Dark ☆ Robyn Bavati - Dancing in the Dark, Dancing in the Dark North American debut of the Australian award winning drama Ditty Cohen is passionate about ballet she loves how it feels to stand en pointe to rise and spin across the room But her Orthodox Jewish pa Ï Dancing in the Dark ☆ Robyn Bavati - Dancing in the Dark, Dancing in the Dark North American debut of the Australian award winning drama Ditty Cohen is passionate about ballet she loves how it feels to stand en pointe to rise and spin across the room But her Orthodox Jewish pa

  • Title: Dancing in the Dark
  • Author: Robyn Bavati
  • ISBN: 9780738734774
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Paperback
Dancing in the Dark

Ï Dancing in the Dark ☆ Robyn Bavati, Dancing in the Dark, Robyn Bavati, Dancing in the Dark North American debut of the Australian award winning drama Ditty Cohen is passionate about ballet she loves how it feels to stand en pointe to rise and spin across the room But her Orthodox Jewish parents want Ditty to focus on the teachings of the Torah and to marry at a young age according to their religious tradition Although her parents forbid her to take dance leNorth Ame Ï Dancing in the Dark ☆ Robyn Bavati - Dancing in the Dark, Dancing in the Dark North American debut of the Australian award winning drama Ditty Cohen is passionate about ballet she loves how it feels to stand en pointe to rise and spin across the room But her Orthodox Jewish pa

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Dancing in the Dark

About “Robyn Bavati

  • Robyn Bavati

    Robyn Bavati lives in Melbourne, Australia She is married and has three grown up children and a cat called Chino, who likes to sit on her lap when she reads.Robyn has so many favorite books she can t possibly list them all Right now she s loving The Family With Two Front Doors by Anna Ciddor and The Waiting Room by Leah Kaminsky.



166 thoughts on “Dancing in the Dark

  • Not to be confused with the Lars Von Trier film of the same title.This book tackles not only the topic of rebellion, but also the freedom of religion and growing up to decide for yourself what life you d like to lead The main character, Ditty, came alive on the pages in her insistence that she must keep on dancing, and was definitely amazing and inspiring as a leading voice in the book.


  • This is the story of an Ultraorthodox Jewish girl who discovers ballet and spends the next five years lying to her parents so that she can take ballet classes As she spends and time taking ballet and and time around goyim, she starts to question her beliefs initially, the rules of her Ultraorthodox movement but eventually her faith as a whole I hadmixed feelings about this book I loved the idea of this 12 year old girl being so taken with ballet that she does whatever it takes to learn I lik [...]


  • Ditty wants to start ballet lessons but her strictly religious Jewish parents forbid it So she begins dancing in secret, creating elaborate lies so her parents don t find out what she s doing if she s caught, she ll be in huge trouble Ditty soon finds herself questioning the beliefs her parents have raised her with For Ditty, following her dreams of being a ballet dancer may cost her her family.What really surprised me about this book was the fact that it was set in the present until mobile phon [...]


  • Initial reaction Dancing in the Dark was, indubitibly, a beautifully told story of a young woman s coming of age and quest to pursue a dream of dancing However, in the spectrum of faith and abiding by her family s strict rules, she has to pursue her dreams in secret, and begins to question the foundations she s been taught for much of her life I really enjoyed the novel in so many ways, from the smooth, easy prose, to the intimacy of Ditty s experiences, but I was left with a few conflicting fee [...]


  • 2.5 5 starsDancing in the Dark wasn t terrible But considering it has two of my favorite things, dancing stories and religious doubt, and I still couldn t like it, that s not a good sign for the book The biggest problem with this book is that it feels to juvenile Yes I understand Ditty lives with an overprotective orthodox Jewish family so she s expected to be naive But naivet alone does not make a story juvenile This story has the great opportunity to show those who are kept away from the world [...]


  • Ditty is a Haredi Jew, the most conservative branch of Orthodox Judaism sometimes referred to as ultra Orthodox When she and her friend Sarah sneak watching some TV, Ditty discovers the world of dance and is transfixed She wants to take ballet lesson than anything, but dancing is something her family will not allow Against her father s and her community s wishes, Ditty secretly begins taking dance lessons Can Ditty dance and keep her family Or will she need to give one of them up This book made [...]


  • Really questions the validity of religion, whether ones religion is sacred or above another Also, it teaches a good lesson of FOLLOW YOUR HEART.I stayed up until 2 am last night finishing it off The moment I read the last page, I turned the lights off and pulled up the sheets, and just laid there My mind was processing what I had just read, and I could not sleep until AT LEAST half an hour later.I don t know what I m going to say in my review I ll say this now, though Anyone who has ever had a [...]


  • SUMMARYHave you ever wanted to do something forbidden so badly, that it made you question your entire belief system or maybe even the foundation for your beliefs well that s what s going on in this engaging, thought provoking read Poor Ditty.Ditty is being raised a Haredi Jew Ultra Orthodox Jew Her strict religion forbids so many pleasures in life no TV, no dancing and no food that isn t Kosher She will have an arranged marriage and her number one duty in life is to have babies and raise them un [...]


  • See this review and others like it at BadassBookReviews Dancing in the Dark was previously published in Australia in 2010, and has finally hit the American market Robyn Bavati has written a touching contemporary tale of a girl learning what she must do to be happy The prose was beautiful and the interactions between the characters were both joyful and heartbreaking I really enjoyed reading this book and loved the main character Even though I know next to nothing about ballet and the Haredi cultu [...]


  • If you know me at all, you know that I have no dancing ability whatsoever In fact, the only time I dance at all is when I ve been drinking heavily and I mention that because if you ever see me dancing, knock the drink out of my hand, give me a diet soda and some aspirin So even though I am not a dancer at all or even graceful , I am so in love with stories about dance in general and ballet in particular And this book was no exception.I think most of us have one thing or , maybe that we are so pa [...]


  • Source I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to Flux Books and Netgalley 17 year old Yehudit Ditty is glad that she is Jewish, and glad that her life has a purpose, but she also knows that her life would be nothing without dance One of 7 children, and part of a strict Jewish family, Ditty s life is strictly structured, and she must abide by the Jewish laws and stipulations She must always be dressed conservatively, she must always eat kosher food, she m [...]


  • Ditty has a love, a forbidden one, but for once it is not boys It is ballet Her parents don t approve, so she dances in secret, and falls and in love and becomes talented How deep can she get while keeping her secrets and the essence of who she is Ditty was quite a character I could feel her love for dancing across the page as well as the pain and conflict of slowly letting go of her beliefs and others that she holds dear in order to pursue what she loves and what she is good at.The sense of [...]


  • Delightful Different Delightfully different The very best YA fiction doesn t include any of the usual tired plot devices or characters By this I mean no MHB Mysterious Hot Boy , no LT Love Triangle , no PG Plain Girl who is universally beloved for no apparent reason , no IL Insta Love , and no we can t be together because I am too dangerous, you are too dangerous, you and me together is too dangerous, etc.So, you may be asking, well then what s left If you remove all that stuff and the sparkly s [...]


  • Very absorbing and beautifully written I could really relate to Ditty on a lot of levels because I too was brought up in a strict religious family not as strict as Ditty s, but still pretty out there by today s standards and there were quite a few moments where she was sneaking around behind her parents back, crippled with guilt, getting tangled in a web of lies and lies to cover up those lies etc etc, that could have been lifted straight from my teenage years I loved the moment when she drew u [...]


  • I am certain that in some other life or some other time I was Jewish And this year, in honor of my former Jewishness, my younger daughter gave me a menorah for Christmas Christmas, not Hanukkah Thank you, Lauren Many of the books I read are related to the Holocaust, its victims and its miraculous survivors But Dancing in the Dark by Robyn Bavati was different choice of book for me Ditty Cohen is torn between the life her Orthodox Jewish parents have created for her and the life she dreams of cre [...]


  • I usually do not like books about people who leave their religious group or turn their back on their heritage, but I really enjoyed this one I felt the tension throughout the book that Ditty was so determined to become a dancer, she risked lying to her parents to fulfill her dream As a parent, it s also hard for me to understand how a parent can be that rigid when their child has so much passion and talent It also made me think, is passion and talent enough to forsake everything that a parent ha [...]


  • Dancing in the Dark follows a young girl s progress from living as an obedient Haredi orthodox Jew daughter in a strict religious household, to becoming a dancer who lives for her art.From the moment Yehudit Ditty Cohen watches a forbidden ballet DVD, she s hooked She practices in the bathroom for hours before wandering into Australia s National Ballet school and falling into lessons Soon she s living a double life, half a Haredi, half as a dancer, and knowing it can t last forever The contrast [...]


  • Dancing In the Dark is an incredibly bittersweet novel of living your dreams Ditty wants to become a ballet dancer, she loves the art of ballet, the costumes, the elegancy, the moves, everything But when she asks her parents, they refuse But Ditty doesn t let that hold her back she goes ahead and starts taking lessons anyway At first keeping the truth from her family comes easy, but as she becomes advanced and committed to ballet, it becomes a struggle And one day, she is caught, and is forced [...]


  • This book was engaging and the main character was very likable I think it was a bit one sided as it did a good job showing why she had to choose between ballet and her hasidic family, community, and lifestyle however, it didn t do much to show positive or beautiful aspects of hasidic life Still, it was a very good book and I would recommend it for Jewish teens.


  • Also posted here ireviewyalit 2012 Made Possible by NetGalley Thank you very much Introduction Yehudit Ditty Cohen and her friend Sara see a ballet on TV It is the first time Ditty has ever seen the beautiful and graceful art form, and she is beyond smitten She is twelve years old and she asks her parents to have lessons Her request is hit with a firm rejection, and she cannot ask again, ever This is all because she is part of a haredi community of ultra orthodox Jews Dancing is strictly forbidd [...]


  • 5 5 This was my third time reading this book and every time it has been just as earth shattering as the other but each in such different ways This book has many great attributes such as great writing and plot however I also understand how to many it can be seen as just another contemporary book but to me it was so much This book hit me personally and right in the heart It probably could have been not the best writing and I d still love it Though to be fair it has to be written well with good ch [...]


  • I recommend this book for girls who have a dream to dance I liked this book because it makes me feel like wanting to do even dancing It is a good book for ages 8.


  • Robyn Bavati s book about a girl torn between her passion and religion is a breath of fresh air in a sea of melodramatic teen novels I can only describe the narrative as soft Ditty is passionate about her life, but her internal dialogue is not overwrought or filled with hyperbole Instead, she s a thoughtful young woman who is torn about the sins she s committing in order to pursue her dreams In some ways this low key style makes the book read a bit like a middle grade novel than young adult per [...]


  • When I first started reading this book, I thought it was a paranormal mystery for some reason I had read the blurb, but because I ve read several books concerning ballet that were paranormal as of late, and the cover looked suitable for a paranormal book, I was convinced there was going to be one or other paranormal element I have no idea why though because when I reread the blurb, there s nothing whatsoever to indicate anything out of the ordinary is going on Anyway, paranormal or not, I enjoye [...]


  • I requested this on NetGalley when I was in the mood for a darker contemporary novel By the time it was approved though, that mood have moved on So I was sure I wouldn t enjoy it, and set about reading it well ahead of time so I could be sure to be finished by the day it needed to be reviewed What actually happened I flew through this book in a day and thoroughly enjoyed it Dancing in the Dark opened my eyes to two worlds I have no experience with Obviously, I know no Haredi Jewish people, and i [...]


  • 3 5 For of my reviews, check out my blog Moosubi Reviews I usually don t read too much multicultural fiction, recently I ve been interested in stories about dance This book also sounded kind of like A World Away by Nancy Grossman, which I also enjoyed So, when I saw this book on NetGalley, as well as a handful of good reviews from GR friends, I picked it up and enjoyed the book Ditty was a likable and somewhat complex character, though I wish she was a bit developed I definitely admired her c [...]


  • 4.5 5Source Received an e ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I just adore dance books so I was very excited to get this one with the additional bonus of religious conflict and the presence of sisters This book ended up being a standout read for me so far this year An additional bonus is that this book is set in Australia and takes place over years, allowing for time with our main character as she grows in the art of dance.That main character is Ditty and she is a Haredi Jew basi [...]


  • 4.5 StarsMost of my reading occurs on my work breaks, and that s how I picked my way through the first third of this novel But the I read, the I was drawn into the story, and so I read the last two thirds in a single day This is a book I will be buying at some point.Ditty was a great character, and I loved the world she inhabited She s a Jewish girl from a family where they follow their religion to a T , and while I can t say how accurate of a portrayal it was, I really felt immersed in that c [...]


  • SummaryDitty is a teenage girl who belongs to an extremely strict Jewish community Then she finds out about ballet, and is immediately entranced So much so that when her parents say that she can t learn, she secretly does so behind their backs Soon dance becomes her life, heart and soul As she follows her dream she finds herself questioning her beliefs and becoming and distant from those she loves Secrets cannot stay hidden forever, so what will happen when her family finds out hers Preferred [...]


  • I must admit, it was difficult to get into the book because Bavati chose to adopt Jewish Hebrew terms wherever possible She did preempt readers however, including a letter of sorts at the beginning, noting that she hoped to capture the authenticity in this manner For those who are unfamiliar with those terms, she included a glossary at the back, though in many cases she also integrated their meanings into her writings, which was definitely helpful Linguistic barriers out of the way, I loved this [...]


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