BookBrowse Reviews Dances by Nicole Cuffy

Summary |  Excerpt |  Reviews |  Beyond the book |  Read-Alikes |  Genres & Themes |  Author Bio


A Novel

by Nicole Cuffy

Dances by Nicole Cuffy X
Dances by Nicole Cuffy
  • Critics' Opinion:

    Readers' Opinion:

     Not Yet Rated
  • First Published:
    May 2023, 288 pages

    Feb 6, 2024, 304 pages


  • Rate this book

Book Reviewed by:
Elisabeth Cook
Buy This Book

About this Book



The dazzling story of a dancer questioning her place in stardom.

Nicole Cuffy's novel Dances reckons with how people are held by but also transform the spaces they inhabit, physically and otherwise. As the first Black ballerina to be promoted to principal dancer in the New York City Ballet, narrator Cece Cordell is hyperaware of how she must push her body to conform to this predominantly white atmosphere in which the only reference point many seem to have for her existence is the (real-life) dancer Misty Copeland, for whom she is sometimes mistaken. But when a friend who has started her own dance company pressures Cece to join, convinced she will be more comfortable in a less traditional setting, Cece resists. Her dream of ballet has always been specific to the NYCB and its classic reputation. In other words, the place where she feels she most belongs is engineered to reject her; even if it has already, to an extent, accepted her. But as she points ...

Subscribers Only

BookBrowse's reviews and "beyond the book" articles are part of the many benefits of membership and, thus, are generally only available to subscribers, including individual members and patrons of libraries that subscribe.

Join Today

Member Login

Library Patrons


Read-Alikes Full readalike results are for members only

If you liked Dances, try these:

  • If I Survive You jacket

    If I Survive You

    by Jonathan Escoffery

    Published 2023

    About this book

    A major debut, blazing with style and heart, that follows a Jamaican family striving for more in Miami, and introduces a generational storyteller.

  • We Do What We Do in the Dark jacket

    We Do What We Do in the Dark

    by Michelle Hart

    Published 2023

    About this book

    A novel about a young woman's life-altering affair with a much older, married woman.

We have 4 read-alikes for Dances, but non-members are limited to two results. To see the complete list of this book's read-alikes, you need to be a member.
Search read-alikes
How we choose read-alikes

BookBrowse Sale!

Join BookBrowse and discover exceptional books for just $3/mth!

Find out more

Top Picks

  • Book Jacket: Wifedom
    by Anna Funder
    When life became overwhelming for writer, wife, and mother Anna Funder in the summer of 2017, she ...
  • Book Jacket: The Fraud
    The Fraud
    by Zadie Smith
    In a recent article for The New Yorker, Zadie Smith joked that she moved away from London, her ...
  • Book Jacket: Wasteland
    by Oliver Franklin-Wallis
    Globally, we generate more than 2 billion tons of household waste every year. That annual total ...
  • Book Jacket: Disobedient
    by Elizabeth Fremantle
    Born in Rome in 1593, Artemisia Gentileschi led a successful career as an artist throughout the ...

Book Club Discussion

Book Jacket
Fair Rosaline
by Natasha Solomons
A subversive, powerful untelling of Romeo and Juliet by New York Times bestselling author Natasha Solomons.

Members Recommend

  • Book Jacket

    All You Have to Do Is Call
    by Kerri Maher

    An inspiring novel based on the true story of the Jane Collective and the brave women who fought for our right to choose.

  • Book Jacket

    The Wren, the Wren
    by Anne Enright

    An incandescent novel about the inheritance of trauma, wonder, and love across three generations of women.

Win This Book
Win Moscow X

25 Copies to Give Away!

A daring CIA operation threatens chaos in the Kremlin. But can Langley trust the Russian at its center?



Solve this clue:

A M I A Terrible T T W

and be entered to win..

Your guide toexceptional          books

BookBrowse seeks out and recommends the best in contemporary fiction and nonfiction—books that not only engage and entertain but also deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.