10 Reasons Football Players Should Do Ballet

ONLY THE BRAVE TRY BALLET cover medGuest blog by Stefanie London, author of Only the Brave Try Ballet

I love books that throw unlikely pairings together. In my debut novel, Only the Brave Try Ballet, I put a former wild-child football player and an ex-professional ballerina together…oh, and I made the footy player take ballet lessons just to make him extra uncomfortable. Grant and Jasmine do seem like an odd couple, but they find more commonalities between their lives and their careers than they first expect. Jasmine has the tough task of convincing Grant that the ballet lessons will help him.

So why would a football player take ballet lessons? Here are a few reasons I came up with:

Ten Reasons Football Players Should Do Ballet:

  1. Flexibility – both his and hers!
  2. Core stability – important both on the footy field and in the bedroom
  3. Sweat – ballet may not look it, but it’s an amazing work out
  4. Ballet teachers – much better than what a footballer will find in the men’s locker room
  5. Strength – ballet works the whole body, but it’s especially great for thighs and calves
  6. Injury prevention – all that stretching is great for keeping muscles and joints injury free
  7. Increased body awareness – holding ballet positions increases awareness of how the body moves and the muscles work
  8. Mental challenge – many football players started when they were kids, they know the game inside out. Ballet is a whole new world for them to conquer
  9. Romance – ballet is romantic and passionate, maybe the footy players could pick up a few tips?
  10. Love – they might just meet the love of their life…Grant Farley sure did!

Official Blurb:

Step up, Grant Farley…not your typical ballet student!

Football pro Grant Farley is nursing an injury and needs to get back into shape—fast. Ballet wouldn’t be his first or even his last choice, but he’s desperate. Enter tantalizingly prim teacher Jasmine Bell—one disapproving arch of her eyebrow and Grant knows he’ll enjoy getting her tutu in a flutter!

But it’s not only Grant’s flexibility that Jasmine’s pushing to the limit! He knows she feels the heat between them, so why won’t she give in to it? Time to convince Jasmine that if she’s brave enough to dance en pointe she can certainly handle a fling with him!

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IMG_0449_2 - smlAuthor Bio: Growing up, Stefanie came from a family of women who loved to read. Her favourite activity was going shopping with her Nan during school holidays, where she would sit on the floor of the bookstore with her little sister and painstakingly select the books to spend her allowance on. Thankfully, Nan was a patient woman.

Thus, it was no surprise Stefanie was the sort of student who would read her English books before the semester started. After sneaking several literature subjects into her ‘very practical’ Business degree, she got a job in Communications. When writing emails and newsletters didn’t fulfil her creative urges, she turned to fiction and was finally able to write the stories that kept her mind busy at night.

Now she lives with her very own hero and dreams of travelling the world. She frequently indulges in her passions for good coffee, French perfume, high heels and zombie movies. Recently she gave up her day job to write sexy, contemporary romance stories and she couldn’t be happier.

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Why College Romance?

Dance For MeGuest Blog by Helena Newbury, author of Dance For Me

I’m a New Adult Romance author who loves writing about what happens when love and dreams collide with the real world. I wrote my first novel, Dance For Me , in daily chunks in a very busy, very noisy coffee shop, which meant I had to order a black Americano every hour, on the hour, to keep my seat and wound up wired on caffeine most days. Unlike my characters, I can’t dance.

Why College Romance?

I’ve always been fascinated by college as a setting for romance. Think about it. You’ve got your first real responsibilities—there’s no one looking over your shoulder, day-to-day, so it’s up to you to balance classes, parties, romance and in many cases at least one job. You’re living away from home, figuring out how to cook and how to stretch your money to the end of the month. You’re free to make mistakes. You hit the age at which you can legally drink. Maybe where you’re living is a long way from home, and it certainly isn’t the same as home (I went to college with a girl who’d never seen snow before).

College is a sort of junction point, where lots of threads of peoples’ lives knit together. Much of your life before that point was in some way leading up to college. Much of your life afterwards—your friends, your job, your beliefs—will be influenced by your experiences at college. And while you’re there, you collide with people from a thousand different backgrounds who’ll be going on to a thousand different futures. You have a chance—possibly the best chance you’ll ever have—to reinvent yourself, stripping away everything you hated about yourself in high school and becoming the person you always wanted to be. Simultaneously, everyone else is trying to do the same thing, so you’re never quite sure who’s putting on a front, and that goes for both sexes. Is he who he seems, or is he just trying to get my panties off? That all generates a huge amount of energy and tension, and energy and tension are like crack cocaine for romance writers.

I wanted to create a place that kept all the drama of college—the rivalries, the pressure to study while working in a bar to pay your rent—but added the glamour and pressure of showbusiness. What if you find you’re competing with your best friend for a part in the same TV show? What if you’re playing a solo at Carnegie Hall and you can’t concentrate because you think you might be pregnant? What if you finally meet the guy of your dreams…and he makes you blow the biggest dance audition of your career? What I came up with was Fenbrook Academy, a performing arts college in New York. Fenbrook has its jocks (the dancers), its cool kids (the actors) and its geeks (the musicians). The academy’s tagline is Come Follow Your Dreams, and Dance For Me exists at that razor’s edge where dreams meet harsh reality. It’s college life, turned up to 11 and it’s been massive fun to write.

What’s college life to you: something in the future or something in the past? What do you want to happen, or what do you wish you could go back and do differently?

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