Climbing canyon walls in Texas, young Jessica dreams of becoming a real ballerina. Hours, auditions, and bloody toes later, she finds herself dancing professionally as a trainee of the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Then one moment on stage sends her spinning. A memoir rich with vulnerability, humor, and an insider view of the ballet world, The Almost Dancer unpacks the effects of ambition, faith, education, and trauma on artistic life. Through spiritual insight and deep theological questions, Jessica recovers anidentity that was never truly lost.
The Almost Dancer is for anyone who needs to know that dreams don't always come true but are always worth having.
Praise for The Almost Dancer:
"Life is a dance. But not the one we expect. Jessica gracefully guides us to this truth through her own unexpected journey, and we are blessed to have such a good instructor.” -- Scott Erickson - Visual Artist and Author
“The Almost Dancer transcends the world of ballet, capturing the tragic and trivial moments that define any adolescence. Simple, honest, and moving, this book is also rare -- we don’t usually get to hear the testimonies of the nearly successful.” -- Carla Wright, former
Jessica writes creative non-fiction in Seattle. Her work has appeared in Fathom Magazine, Scary Mommy, Brevity Nonfiction Blog, Feminine Collective, and The Mighty. She loves to perform and wants to be a comedian and writer.