When Hedda Brandt and other members of Kurt Jooss’s dance company flee Germany in 1933, Hedda imagines she is going to a place free from the prejudice and threats that have overtaken her country.
Staying behind to teach dance when Jooss and other members leave the Netherlands for England, Hedda encounters Katje, a girl who has seen and been enthralled by the performance and wants to learn to dance.
But these are dangerous times and as Nazi Occupation changes all their lives. Determined to defy new regulations that demand dance should conform to rigid ideology, Hedda is drawn towards resistance, but with her life more and more at risk, matters are only complicated by the prospect of love with a much younger man, Kai Hoffman, whose family have befriended Hedda.
Against a background of oppression, disappearances and terror, Hedda and Katje assert the power of dance, resistance and life in this gripping debut novel that takes real events and characters as its starting point.
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