Confessions of a Backup Dancer

 
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Confessions of a Backup Dancer
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May 25, 2004
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0689870752
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glamour. access. scandal. Ever wonder what your favorite pop divas are like AFTER the cameras stop rolling? What do they do behind closed doors? What are their parties like? What do they think about? What do they fight about? What do they really want? And who do they REALLY hook up with?

Kelly Kimball spent a summer as a backup dancer for Darcy Barnes, the biggest pop star in the world. Kelly's got the real story on Darcy, her life, her family, and her entourage -- and she's spilling it here for the first time. If you think the life of a superstar can't possibly be all it's cracked up to be, you're wrong. It's all that and more. And it's all inside Kelly's tell-all diary: Confessions of a Backup Dancer.

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Reader reviewed by K. Hager

I picked up this book because I have always been curious about what it would be like to be a backup dancer. I'm not the type to be the lead singer because I can't sing, but that doesn't seem to stop many singers these days! But I have looked at groups like Destiny's child and during the time they had just replaced the 2 singers with two new girls, I remember peopl saying they were glorified backup dancers and I wondered what that life would be like. I so over-glamorized it!

The audition phase I expected the book to say was agonizing, but the whole plot of the jealousy and knowing your place--didn't expect that. I remember back when Britney Spears was first starting out, she said her backup dancers were her best friends. I wondered at the time if that was true and how close could they get to the "star." This book shows how the singer (who I wonder if she was based on Christina or Britney...originall I thought Christina, but based on recent events could be both) gets close and lets the backup dacner in , but then there's the boundaries and the jeaousy. The keeping of the weker one down. It's a scary world that I'm really glad I'm not a part of.

This is a great book for anyone who needs (or wants) to see a more relaistic side to what life in the entertainment business is like.
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Meh, it was so-so
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Reader reviewed by two_sided_freek

Well, I have to admit, when I fist started it, I wanted to chuck it out the window. Such as the references of Britney Spears, and others (I have to admit, I'm being a bit judgemental here . . .) And then she totally dissed Jewel (get out! no way, yeah *rolls eyes*) The main character's voice, it was quite naive I have to admit, and it irked me at first. But then I discovered that the book was really okay, a bit out there and all (not to talk about the "and then he goes" and "and then i say" (gave me a total headache since I'm a stickler for punctuation and all . . .) But in the end, I discovered that it truly is real, and that if a teen (normal so far) actually wrote it like a journal (like it was supposed to be) then it would sound like it. And the characterization was quite believable, spot on with the bitchiness and all, and then you got to see her personality develop, mature. I had fun reading it, but I would never read it again. It's just one of those books.
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It isn’t always glamorous!
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Reader reviewed by Dominique

This was a fun read--unique and interesting. KK has become a backup dancer for Darcy Barnes, one of KK's favorite celebrities. When KK joins Darcy's tour, she discovers that the life of a celebrity isn’t as wonderful as it seems. Darla, Darcy’s mother, isn’t at all the person she appears to be. Instead of the kind, loving mother and person she seems to be, she is a control freak. She may seem to be close and friendly with Darcy, but in truth, she wants to run her daughter’s life and have things her way. Darcy has not stood up to her mother and made her own big decisions. Darcy seems interested in being KK’s friend, but Darla takes a strong disliking to KK because she considers herself as Darcy’s best friend and doesn’t want another person to get in her way. Things get worse when Darla blames KK for an accident on her—and kicks her out.

Now where will KK go? Another singer takes her on as her own backup dancer, but how long will this gig last? It wasn’t as good as the last, but KK sticks with it for now. But will things ever be right between Darcy and KK? Will Darcy finally stand up to her mother?
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Reader reviewed by artemis

It really gives the reader a glimpse into the life of the people who are not the performers or singers. It is very informative and lets the reader know who they really are and what their purpose is to the singer. It was good, but I have no clue who the unknown writer was. I'm thinking it was a girl. There's a dancing girl on the cover and many of the stories are girl-related.
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Very interesting and fun!
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Reader reviewed by Dylana

This book really caught my interest. I love to sing and dance and like learning about the entertainment industry and all that stuff. So this book was perfect. And its all true, with just some name changes.
It really gives you an inside look of what it's really like being a pop star and backup dancer. The life isn't really as glamourous as it seems to be on TV. This gives you the real inside scoop.
This book is an online diary of Kelly Kimball, a dancer, who her best friend says is totally "real" and has the "it" factor. Her whole adventure as a backup dancer starts when her friend Tito makes her audition to be part of a singing group. She doesn't make it, but she still gets a call to be a backup dancer for Darcy Barnes, the biggest (and her most favorite) popstar/superstar in the world! She's so excited. But living the life on the road touring with a popstar can be super hard and super stressful. But this is what Kelly has always wanted to do, right?
You'll love the personality and experiences of Kelly throughout her diary. You fell you can really understand her and connect with her through all her excitement, sadness, shock, and everything she feels. Its a great book, especailly for those who dream of being a professioanl dancer. Read it! You'll elarn so much about the backstage you never thought was true, but is!
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A True Story Worth Reading
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Reader reviewed by Ria

Kelly Kimball is an aspiring dancer who hopes to make it big someday. Her over-encouraging best friend, Tito, tells her about an audition for a new all girl band. So Kelly goes for the audition. But Kelly didnt make the band, even though she was so close.

Lucky for Kelly, Eileen Wang, the tour manager for Darcy Live!! Asked her to join in last minute as a backup dancer. Darcy Barnes is the most famous pop star right now, and for Kelly, its the opportunity of a lifetime. So Kelly packs her bags and leaves her family to pursue her dream of fame.
It takes Kelly a while to adjust to the daily schedule of dancer. First, she has her named changed to KK Kimball. Its hard getting used to all practices and the barely there portions of food. The hardest is the fact that no one seems to want KK there. But when Darcy herself befriends KK, things get even worse.

Darcys mother, Darla, is the most overprotective mother and she basically runs to show. Darla thinks that KK is trying to steal the spotlight from Darcy. She blames KK for all the bad things that happen to Darcy. Finally, during one show, Darcy has a wardrobe malfunction and lets KK take over for her until she gets straightened out. KK does a really good job. But after the show, Darla fires her.

KK, now Kelly again, goes back to Titos, feeling depressed and useless. But when she is asked to join to Katrina Riviera tour, she accepts immediately. Katrina is Darcys biggest rival. Kelly doesnt befriend anyone and she doesnt put her heart into her dancing anymore. Then theres a showdown between Katrina and Darcy and Kelly is stuck in the middle.

I thought that this book was surprisingly good. It was a great way of looking at a pop stars life. I felt that I could sympathize with Kelly. Once I started the book, I couldnt put it down. This is definitely a book worth reading.
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