Arms Out Like Wings
By Glenda Taylor
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Arms Out Like Wings is an anecdotal memoir about my seven years spent in a ballet boarding school from 1969 to 1976 aged nine to seventeen. A ‘Pygmalion-esque’ story that takes me from my crowded, loving council house home of siblings, cockney, lorry driver Dad and Italian seamstress Mother, to a Rolls Royce gliding through London, tinkling piano music in corridors and marquees on the lawn. This book will give you an insight into a young ballet dancers life. The initial spark, training, literal blood sweat and tears, close friendships, pranks, pain, disappointment, injury, romance and sacrifices.
||CleanThe Spark - episode one||The very beginning of my story. Visit our family home and the warm chaos within. Meet my Mum, Dad, brother and sisters. A glimpse into life in the 1960's.||11 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToe in the Water - episode two||My first ballet classes as a six year old. How my mother saved the day.||9 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStage School - episode three||Things start to scale up when I go to Corona Stage School. I find a dance mentor and Dad becomes a grumpy hero.||6 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Audition - episode four||My Dad organises my secret audition for a professional Ballet School in East Grinstead. I then meet another influential lady in my life whilst I Polka in the biggest studio I have ever seen.||30 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUniform - episode five||My Italian family think I have been kidnapped, my Dad tells them where to go whilst I get turned down for a grant.||29 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArriving - episode six||A rather tense car ride to my new Ballet School. My little sister playing 'rag doll' with me, my brother giving me a whole Ten Shilling note and my mother sobbing and smoking like she would use every cigarette in Surrey. Meeting 'Nursey' and findin...||27 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Contents of my Trunk - episode seven||How I yearned for winceyette pyjamas and boring old fashioned slippers.||26 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe First Night - episode eight||Crisp and formal bedding, lights out and growing home sickness with an unusual approach to bed time.||25 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInitiation - episode 9||Girls behaving 'sort of badly' at night. Strange rituals involving absent Nursey and Glito . . . . .||24 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRising Bell - episode 10||My first morning with a ridiculously early start, cold linoleum and myriad shoes.||23 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Can’t - Stop - Listening!
I simply can’t stop listening. Keep them coming ❤️❤️❤️
So sweet and charming!
Beautifully read true story about the start of little Glenda’s life as a ballerina, full of warmth and humour with lots of gorgeous and very funny anecdotes about her ballet classes and her amazing, slightly crazy and very supportive family! Loving it!
I have loved every minute of this lovely story. I can’t wait to hear more 💃🏻💖