"5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and Intriguing look at a past time period"
By Dorothy on August 17, 2015 Format: Paperback |Verified Purchase
"An intriguing and touching story of a bygone era. The narration takes you back to the dance
marathons in a way that makes you feel you are watching with your own eyes. I had no idea
how they operated, or how many of the beloved stars from my childhood started on the circuit.
What a fun read! In addition, the story of a principled and loving person who uses his talent
and drive to pull himself into a different life. Inspiring on so many levels! A great read
for anyone interested in this aspect of dance history, or just wants to take a stroll down
A nostalgic, inspiring look into the now mostly extinct world of Vaudeville, Dancing in the Stars is the true story of Carroll
Webster, a talented eighteen-year-old who dreams of a professional dance career. With the odds
stacked against him, the handsome and charismatic orphan endures four years of grueling 1930s
dance marathons for a chance to break into show business.
Should he and his attractive partner Diane survive the marathons, their dreams of fame will be overshadowed by the Great
Depression, World War II, and powerful social forces working to squeeze the lifeblood out of
the career they love.
As for Diane, the blonde has her sights set on Carroll, even though a romance could ruin their partnership. Carroll can't
say he isn't tempted, but for years he's dreamt of having a family with Mary, an elusive dark-haired
beauty who could become the love of his life.
Facing the hazards of romantic temptation, world-shaking events, and the fickle nature of U.S. entertainment fads, Carroll
has his work cut out for him if—along with comedian Red Skelton and singer Tony Martin—he
hopes to reach his destiny of dancing in the stars.