Thursday, September 29, 2016

Dance Diaries: Ballroom Budgeting: How I Afford to Dance (Review and Giveaway)

I hadn't realized how expensive this performing arts or hobby could be for the serious ballroom dancer. Katie, a.k.a. The Girl With the Tree Tattoo shares her tips and secrets on how she can afford to dance.

Book Details:

Book Title:  Dance Diaries: Ballroom Budgeting: How I Afford to Dance by The Girl With the Tree Tattoo
Category:  Non-Fiction,  41 pages
GenreDance, Finance, Budgeting
Publisher:  BookBaby
Release date:  June 2016
Content Rating: G 

Book Description:

Anyone who tries ballroom dancing quickly learns how expensive it can be. From private lessons to competition fees, the monetary cost of being a ballroom student can quickly skyrocket. In my experience, the high cost is the most frequently cited reason for quitting dance. It shouldn’t be that way!

I live paycheck to paycheck, carry credit card debt, and still dance and compete in pro-am ballroom. In my first two years as a pro-am competitive ballroom dancer, I entered five competitions, had the money reserved for two additional events, and, at the same time, reduced my credit card debt by almost 50%!

I wrote this second book in my Dance Diaries series out of a desire to help my fellow struggling dancers do the same thing. From budgeting basics to specific tips on how to save on ballroom dancing, in Ballroom Budgeting, I share exactly how I dance and compete in ballroom while living paycheck to paycheck AND reducing debt! I even provide the tools I use to help you start organizing your own ballroom budget right away! Stop stressing over the cost and focus on what is important – the dancing!

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My Review
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

Earlier this week I reviewed the first book in the Dance Diaries: Learning Ballroom Dance: What I Wish I Had Known by The Girl With the Tree Tattoo, which gave a concise overview of what ballroom dancing is all about. It's an easy-to-read guidebook for anyone who wants to start taking ballroom dance lessons. This second book is all about budgeting so that one can afford to pursue ballroom dancing.

I hadn't realized how expensive this performing arts or hobby could be for the serious ballroom dancer. Katie, a.k.a. The Girl With the Tree Tattoo shares her tips and secrets on how she can afford to dance. She also shares her reasoning and motivation for doing so, which I think is important because without this, one could easily give up on the discipline it takes to say no to some things just to be able to save money.

I admired the author for the sacrifices she was willing to make and for her honesty as she related her personal experience with saving money. Once again, this book is concise and she shares her budgeting method along with the spreadsheets she uses to keep it all organized and visual. Really, her way of budgeting can be applied to any sport or hobby one is pursuing.

The author is single and leads a simple lifestyle and I found this refreshing. She has full control over her spending habits. It may be harder for someone who has children for example to make the same choices. This quick guide might be just the right motivation and method for the dancer who thinks they cannot afford to dance. If one is truly intent on achieving something, there is always a way as Katie smartly shows us.

Whereas the first book is for the starter dancer, this one is for both the starter and the more experienced dancer as it puts into perspective the cost of ballroom dancing and how to make it a reality. 

To read more reviews, please visit The Girl With the Tree Tattoo's page on iRead Book Tours.

Watch The Girl With the Tree Tattoo dance gracefully in competition!

Meet the Author:

Katie is known as the Girl with the Tree Tattoo because of the tree of life tattoo that covers her entire back. She has been taking ballroom dancing lessons since December 2012 and competing in pro-am ballroom competitions since April 2014. It was through ballroom dance that Katie started to discover who she really was and what she was capable of, despite the demons of fear, self-doubt, and anxiety that live in her head. Through sharing her own experiences, Katie hopes to lead others to experience the amazing effect ballroom dancing can have on a life.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~ Facebook

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