What We Publish

Classical Girl Press publishes upmarket women’s fiction that presents an inside look on the performing arts, classical music, the world, and women’s relationships with each other, the important people in their lives, and, most of all, their journey within.


The Ballet Theatre Chronicles

Author: Terez Mertes Rose

A Word From The Publisher

Classical Girl Press was created in 2014 when we decided there weren’t enough novels about the very things we loved: the inside, behind-the-scenes world of the performing arts, particularly ballet and classical music. Were we the only ones interested in this? Add in great writing, but prose that strives to sound human, down-to-earth and not lofty and overly discursive, and this was what we wanted to see more of: a glimpse of someone else’s very different world. Written by women, for women, about women — and yet we’ve been happy to discover that plenty of men like reading our books as well. Win!

Off Balance, our first book, published in 2015, proved to us that, yes, readers are enjoying the ride and clamoring for more. In 2024, we release the fourth and final book of what is now The Ballet Theatre Chronicles. You can find these books online, or in your local library or bookstore, distributed internationally, as well, by Ingram Content Group.

Step inside the worlds created through Classical Girl Press. We hope you enjoy the journey!

What readers are saying about our books…

“A lovely and engaging tale of sibling rivalry in the high-stakes dance world.”
– Kirkus Reviews (Starred review; a Kirkus Indie Books of the Month Selection) on Outside the Limelight

[…] ushers us behind the scenes of the gritty and glamorous world of ballet and captivates us with a story that is ultimately about universal themes of loss, hope, belonging, and what makes a family. I took up residence in the pages of this book and didn’t want to leave.”
— Kelly Mustian, author of The Girls in the Stilt House on Ballet Orphans

“Terez Mertes Rose writes with an urgency that keeps us reading long past our bedtimes.”
— Dance Advantage on Off Balance

“Hilarious and poignant, with a frank, observant narrator who seems forever on the outside looking in, and all the more lovable and relatable for that.”
— Sarah Bird, bestselling author of The Yokota Officers Club and Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen, on A Dancer’s Guide to Africa

“A stimulating and entertaining tale in which passion and art intermingle.”
— Kirkus Reviews on Ballet Orphans

““A textured, sensuous, coming-of-age story that had me turning pages until the very end. I could almost hear the drums and see the firelight as I followed these believably drawn characters through their cultural and romantic escapades in this wonderful novel.”
— Anne Clermont, author of Learning to Fall, on A Dancer’s Guide to Africa

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