Thursday, May 7, 2015

Ballerinas and Bears! ALASKAN HOMECOMING by Teri Wilson


 


Hi everyone! I'm Teri Wilson, and today is my day on the blog. I write for Love Inspired, and my most recent book is ALASKAN HOMECOMING, which came out in March.



ALASKAN HOMECOMING is the 4th book in my series of Alaskan romances for LI, so it's full of fun Alaskan things, like snow, ice skating, naughty reindeer, gigantic dogs, snowball fights, romance (of course!) and bears. Lots of bears! But I can't say anymore about that without giving things away. No spoilers!

One of the things I like best about ALASKAN HOMECOMING is my heroine, Posy. She's a ballerina. I love ballet, and I've wanted to write a ballet-themed book for a long time. (I just had to figure out how to bring ballet to Alaska.) So, in celebration of my heroine, Posy Sutton, here are seven fun facts about ballet:

1. A male dancer lifts over one and a half tons (!) worth of ballerinas during a single ballet performance.

2. Most ballerinas wear out 2-3 pair of pointe shoes per week. 

3. One tutu costs up to $2,000 to make. 

4. The same tutu requires 60-90 hours of labor and over 100 yards of ruffle.

5. The amount of energy needed to perform a ballet is about the same as playing two full football matches or running 18 miles. 

6. Pointe shoes never have the ribbons sewn on when you buy them. Dancers sew their own ribbons into their shoes, so they can customize exactly where they're placed. They usually sew elastic onto the shoes as well. The amount of time that ballet dancers spend with a needle in their hands is a lot.

7. A prima ballerina can complete 32 fouette turns, while staying in the same exact spot on the floor. After the turns, the tip of her pointe shoe is hot to the touch. 

Surprised? There's a lot to ballet besides pretty pink satin and ballerina buns! Want to learn more? Check out ALASKAN HOMECOMING!

Ballet dancer Posy Sutton is only back in her hometown of Aurora, Alaska, until her injury heals. It's a decision that'd be easier to stick to if she didn't keep bumping into her charming ex-boyfriend, Liam Blake. After six years, she should be over him—but instead all she can see is the mistake she made when she left him. She's not sure she can handle choosing between Liam and ballet a second time…if Liam is even willing to risk his heart again. When her time in Alaska is up, will she and Liam be part of the sweetest dance of all?


6 comments:

Jean C. Gordon said...

Very interesting. Your book blurb makes me HAVE to read the book and find out how your heroine balances her loves and makes her choice.

Pamela Tracy said...

So, you have to sew ribbons and three different pairs of shoes a week... since they wear out so quickly?

Yikes.

I'd be one chubby ribbon less ballerina.

Loved the facts.

Christine Johnson said...

Fun! I love the juxtaposition of bears and ballerinas and Alaska. One of my roomies back in my college years was a ballerina in her off time. I remember her peeling off the pointe shoes after a performance and soaking her blistered, bleeding toes. Ballet is an intense physical activity. Thanks for sharing those amazing facts.

Teri Wilson, author said...

Thanks so much, you guys!!! xo Teri

Sandra Orchard said...

Wow,and Lenora thinks she has a shoe collection!

Great post, Teri!

Mary Curry said...

I agree with Christine. What a great contrast!

#7 fascinates me the most. Why exactly 32?

Sandra, that made me laugh out loud.