Guest post by Offsetting Penalites’ author Ally Mathews: Top Five Dance Movies


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I’m super happy to have a guest post for you today from Ally Mathews.  Her new book, Offsetting Penalties, is being published November 6th, 2017 by Entangled Teen.


Isabelle Oster has dreamed of being a prima ballerina her entire life, so when the only male dancer backs out of the fall production, she’s devastated. Without a partner, she has no hope of earning a spot with the prestigious Ballet Americana company. Until hot jock Garret practicing stretches in one of the studios gives Izzy an idea, and she whips out her phone. But does she really want this badly enough to resort to blackmail?

All-state tight end Garret Mitchell will do anything to get a college football scholarship. Even taking ballet, which surprisingly isn’t so bad, because it means he gets to be up close and personal with the gorgeous Goth girl Izzy while learning moves to increase his flexibility. But Izzy needs him to perform with her for the Ballet Americana spot, and he draws the line at getting on stage. Especially wearing tights.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a bit of blackmail, a lot of sarcasm, and an ending guaranteed to melt your heart.








Top Five Dance Movies

Though I only took one year of dance, my daughter began taking dance classes when she was three, and joined the dance company and started participating in competitions when she was five. It’s safe to say that I’ve watched thousands of hours of dancing, and she has danced almost as many. Nevertheless, we like to watch dance movies, both the good ones, and the wonderfully bad ones. Like all movies, some of these are better than others. In no particular order, this is a list of  our favorites:

Ballet Shoes – This is a BBC adaption of Noel Streatfeild’s book of the same name. It’s a wonderful story about orphaned sisters. Each of the girls discovers their true calling – Posy as a dancer, Pauline as a actress, and Petrova as a mechanic fixing engines. Though this movie is appropriate for younger girls, we still enjoy watching it. Bonus: Emma Watson plays the part of Pauline.

Save the Last Dance – This movie features Julia Stiles as Sarah and Sean Patrick Thomas as Derek. Though it certainly didn’t win any Oscar nominations, it has some interesting dance performances and manages to merge hip-hop and ballet in a creative way. The romance story is well done. Despite some very cliché secondary characters, it’s still fun to watch.

Footloose  (1984 version) – This movie stars Lori Singer and Kevin Bacon. There’s not a lot of great dancing in this movie, but there is a lot of awesome music, and the plot of the movie is about bringing back dancing and music to a small town where it had been outlawed.

Dirty Dancing – This one stars Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze. Like Footloose, this movie has a great soundtrack, but it also has a lot more dancing. I love that dance was what brought Baby and Johnny together, just like Isabelle and Garret in Offsetting Penalties. Really, how could you not fall for Johnny after dancing with him?

Step Up (2006) – The star of this movie is a very young Channing Tatum. Need I say more? His co-star is Jenna Dewan Tatum (lucky girl!). See, it doesn’t just happen in books and movies. Dancing also brings couples together IRL. Anyway, Tyler is a street dancer who vandalizes a performing arts school and is ordered to do community service at the school. Nora, a ballerina, sees him dancing outside, and when her partner has an injury, she recruits him to dance with her.  

Have you seen all of these movies? If not, I hope you’re planning a dance movie marathon sometime soon.



About Ally Mathews:

Ally lives in Texas and is convinced her house is shrinking, possibly because she shares it with three kids, four dogs, two cats, a rabbit, and assorted reptiles. Oh, and her husband. She likes to curse in Russian because very few people know what she’s saying, and spends most of what would be her spare time letting dogs in and out of the house and shuttling kids around. She has many stories in her head waiting for the opportunity to escape onto paper. 

When she’s not writing, you can find her reading or binge watching Psych, Scream, Younger, and superhero movies. She loves to cook but hates to clean up afterwards, and strongly believes that Disney World is truly magical. You can find Ally on her websiteInstagramFacebook, and Twitter, though she makes no claims of using any of them properly.




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Thank you so much for your post today Ally!  And thank you to Entangled Teen for sending me this book.  My review can be found here.






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