Between Worlds: A Series of Dance Novels

Between Worlds is a celebration of dance, but not in the usual way. In this series of dance novels, I explore how dance is an inextricable part of Juliana’s life. Find out how.

Between Worlds 1: The Move

A pile of old suitcases wtih a pair of pink high-tops at the top. The cover for Between Worlds 1: The Move by Lori Wolf-Heffner, the first book in a series of dance novels
Cover artwork by Michelle Fairbanks of Fresh Design

Without a space to dance, how will Juliana adjust to her new home?

Tap dancer Juliana moves across Canada with her parents to care for an ailing grandfather. Cut off from her friends, surrounded by strangers, and unable to dance out her frustrations, Juliana becomes overwhelmed by the whirlwind of changes spinning around her. Scared she’ll explode and embarrass herself, she runs one night to the only place she can: her grandfather’s cellar…

With Tata gone to America after Europe’s great war and Mammi now toiling away in the family’s shoemaking workshop, Elisabeth must care for her siblings and prepare for Christmas. When her brother and two sisters refuse to listen and her list of chores grows ever longer, Elisabeth worries that neither drawing in her sketchbook nor praying to God can help her survive these changes.

When Juliana discovers Elisabeth’s sketchbook of unknown people, struggles, and celebrations, she knows in her heart that she’s found the lifeline in her new world. But how will she understand what the drawings mean?

The Move is the first book in the contemporary/historical series Between Worlds. If you love history, the arts, and family, pick up a copy of The Move today and enjoy a story that spans generations.

There are currently seven books in Between Worlds. Between Worlds 8 will be released in July 2021.

Where Does Dance Fit in to This Series of Dance Books?

Growing up, any dance movie I watched revolved around “making it.” I wanted to write the series I was missing in my youth, one where the protagonist loved dance but infused her life with it. Dance is woven into Juliana’s everyday life in this series of dance books, from dance class to practice at home to competition.

Although she sometimes debates a professional career as a dancer, that goal is not the reason Juliana dances. Dance is her outlet and sometimes even her way of understanding the world. So even when she’s not dancing, she’s seeing how she can live dance. That’s what makes this a series of dance novels.

My Dance Background

Lori Wolf-Heffner pratising for Grade 2 or 3 ballet exam
Lori Wolf-Heffner practising for a ballet exam

I started dance when I was 2.5 years old. Tap, jazz, and ballet built the core of my training. Hip-hop didn’t show up in our studio until I was well into my teens, and I preferred classical jazz, anyway. I’ve also dabbled in Irish dance. Like Juliana, I competed for over a decade. Unlike Juliana, I competed on the international stage as an inaugural member of national tap team for Canada.

I’m in my 40s now, but I still dance, especially when I’m drowning in energy or emotion. I pull out my tap board, lace up my shoes, and bang it out.

Having a little fun on my tap board in my office. Music used with permission from To The Trees. The song is called “Eclipse.”

Dance has filled my life with so much meaning and beauty, but aside from a few years of teaching dance in my 20s, I never turned professional. You can dedicate your youth to dance without planning to have a professional career, and that’s the philosophy of dance in Between Worlds, my series of dance books.

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Where to Buy Between Worlds

This series of dance novels about Juliana and her great-grandmother Elisabeth is available worldwide in softcover, ebook format from all major platforms, and large print through all major national and international book retailers. Here are some Canadian and US links:

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