Three young girls, Pauline, Petrova and Posy, all join a Dance Academy so that they can train and eventually earn money. One actually enjoys dance, one prefers acting, and one grimaces and bears it while dreaming of working on engines. I wish there was more focus on the engine story. Her hatred of the arts is more of the focus, but Streatfeild does not delve into her actual interests enough for my taste. I always enjoy a good rebel. But her willingness to push through her discomfort is moving, and emphasizes the family values in this story.
Some readers may find various parts of the book to be very tedious. There are many, many, many lists of all the tasks the girls perform each day. This includes what they wear and when, what they learn in classes, what they eat, etc. It's specific and helpful for visualizing, but only to a point. It gets very repetitive and drags the story along.
There's also a movie version of this book that stars
If I ever had to make a program surrounding this book, I'd have to go with any combination of the following:
-designing your own tutu competition