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A Time to Dance

A young East Indian woman in classical dress viewed from above

A Time to Dance

Padma Venkatraman
Thursday, Mar 5, 2015

Veda lives in India and is a classical (Bharatanatyam) dancer. She lives and breathes dance, has for as long as she can remember. She plans to make dancing her career, despite her mother continually pushing her toward engineering. She is amazingly talented and has just won first place in a major competition. After the competition, the bus taking the competitors back home crashes. She wakes in the hospital with her right leg missing below the knee. Talk about a strong female protagonist! This girl simply will not give up! She is determined to dance again with her artificial leg, even when her dance instructor refuses to take her back. 

Time to Dance is written in verse and the language is lyrical and beautiful. I really appreciate an author that can create wonderfully vivid images with so few words. I enjoyed learning more about the art of Bharatanatyam dance and about Veda's culture. I was also touched by the spiritual essence of the story. Highly recommended!

Peggy H.

Written by Peggy H.

Fun fact: I jumped out of an airplane by choice!


I think my niece would love this book. She would love to dance, but has a disability.

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