The Kennedy Center To Host the National Launch of Sharon Savoy's
New Book "Ballroom! Obsession & Passion" TONIGHT Friday, Nov. 5th -
Much Awaited Behind the Scenes Perspective on the Competitive World of Ballroom Dancing
WASHINGTON, DC -- Three-Time World Exhibition Dance Champion Sharon Savoy will be in Washington DC tonight for the official launch of her new book "Ballroom! Obsession & Passion", hosted by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, November 5, 2010 from 6:30 - 8 pm near the Hall of States Gift Shop and during Intermission of The Washington Ballet..
Sharon Savoy's much-awaited memoir portrays a lifelong love affair with dance and reveals the 'behind the scenes' fierce competition, brutal politics and the artistic brilliance that it takes to become a World Champion in the field of competitive ballroom dance. Ms. Savoy's dance career began under the direction of New York City Ballet's legendary George Balanchine and culminated with standing ovations on the world's most competitive stages in Paris, London and Asia. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Madison Square Gardens and in Hollywood movies.
"Ballroom! Obsession & Passion" provides an insider's perspective of the glamorous and gutsy world of ballroom dancing, whose popularity has literally surged around the world and attracts millions of television viewers and participants in this country alone. Sharon Savoy's emotionally revealing new book is the first candid portrayal and back stage view of the compelling and competitive arena of ballroom dancing.
Official National Release Date & Book Signing Event in Washington DC:
Location: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts/Hall of States Gift Shop
Date: Friday, November 5, 2010
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm & During Intermission of The Washington Ballet Performance
NEW BOOK AVAILABLE at www.sharonsavoy.com or Amazon.com.
PRESS RELEASE from PUBLISHER UNIVERSITY PRESS of FLORIDA
News Release - Ballroom! Obsession & Passion
BACKSTAGE PASS TO A WORLD WHERE ATHLETES
WEAR RHINESTONES AND HIGH HEELS
GAINESVILLE, FL -- The first book to reveal the behind the scenes glamorous and gutsy world of competitive ballroom dance was recently released by the University Press of Florida, one of the nation’s top publishers of dance books. Ballroom! Obsession and Passion inside the World of Competitive Dance by Author Sharon Savoy, three-time World and four-time Blackpool Exhibition Champion.
Dreams are made and broken every year in the dazzling Empress Ballroom at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, England. Fierce competition, brutal politics, and stunning artistry are all on the program at the world’s most prestigious competition, known to ballroom dance enthusiasts simply as “Blackpool.”
Sharon Savoy’s lifelong love affair with dance manifested itself early on. At the tender age of 16 she left home to train under the legendary George Balanchine at the School of American Ballet in New York. An accomplished ballerina, her desire to dance more expressively and with a partner led her on the path that culminated on the competition ballroom circuit. There, her passion and artistry led her to become a three-time World. Seven-time US Open titles, and four-time Blackpool champion in exhibition style. But, as with all obsessions, her success came with a cost.
Savoy leads us on a journey through the land of Cinderella waltzes and foxtrots to the animalistic kingdom of the Latin thoroughbreds. She ushers us behind the curtain to discover what it takes to be a champion - the tribulations, the turmoil and the triumph.
In this spellbinding book, Savoy offers a backstage pass to a world where rhinestones and high heels accompany explosive athleticism and staggering talent. With emotionally absorbing and energy-packed prose, she provides a close-up view of all the players who compose this glamorous world that is part dance, part sport, and part art.
For more information about Sharon Savoy and her new book “Ballroom!
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