Article Title

How it Feels to Fly


Lisa Packard


Outstanding, Young Adult, Kathryn Holmes, Ballet, Body Image, Anxiety, Confidence, Dreams, Acceptance, Love

Document Type

Book Review


Ballet is Samantha's life. Ever since she was little, Sam has always wanted to be a ballet dancer. Only one problem: her body decided to gain some weight. Being a plump ballerina is not good, especially when Sam wants to be a professional ballerina. When she has an anxiety attack during a performance and everyone sees, she's sent to a summer camp that helps performers overcome their anxiety. On a whim, she runs away from camp to audition for a ballet class, only to be rejected, but is offered a spot in a contemporary dance studio. Although contemporary dance isn't what she wanted, she is able to have better control of her anxiety and love herself for the way she is.