Monday, February 02, 2009

Lydia Raurell

Last week I heard from a representative of Lydia Raurell, author of A Year of Dancing Dangerously (Overlook 2008). I’m often asked by authors to consider blogging about their books. Sometimes I do; sometimes I don’t. It depends on how strong the connection is between the subject and my defying-gravity theme and whether or not I feel good about implicitly or explicitly endorsing the work.

This one was a no-brainer.

I haven’t read Lydia’s book yet, but I watched the video on her website and was immediately inspired.

For as long as she can remember, Lydia dreamed of becoming a dancer. By the time she was in her mid-fifties, she’d been a mom and a businesswoman and was ready for a new adventure.
When she stumbled across an ad in her local paper that read “Walk in Monday, dance out Friday,” that’s exactly what she did. A year later she reigned at the top of the national leader board, a first for a newcomer.

Both the video and, presumably, the book let us peek inside the world of ballroom dancing and see what it takes to become a winner--in every sense of the word.

Click here to access Lydia's website.


  1. Mid-fifties? That IS impressive!
    Proves it is never too late to pursue a dream...

    L. Diane Wolfe

  2. Anonymous10:51 AM

    Oh, how inspiring! Way to go Lydia! I would love to dance just for the dresses. Lydia's lime green and blue dress at the beginning of the video is awesome. What a great message for young and old.

  3. I always loved the costumes and the movement but felt ill at ease dancing...well, in company. It took years of therapy to get over that reticence. Thatks to Lydia for the inspiration.

    Carolyn Howard-Johnson
    Tweeting writing and promotion tips at

  4. I love the overriding message...that she did something she always wanted to do and enjoyed it, but not only that she excelled!

  5. I love the message, too.

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