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The Venus Rising Trilogy by Denise Stephani
  • Book 1 - In The Wings Trials and Transformation of the Alien Ballerina
  • Book 2 - Behind the Scenes World Adventures of the Ghost Ballerina
  • Book 3 - Butterfly Haven Castle Bush Ballerina Creates a New World

In The Wings book front coverBook 1 - In The Wings
Trials and Transformation of the Alien Ballerina


Available from £9.99 at FastPrint Publishing & Amazon UK & Amazon.com

Kindle version now available: Amazon UK (£5.65) & Amazon.com
Look inside the Kindle version by clicking on its image at Amazon

Signed print copy only available here £10.99 + postage

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"Dance saved my life. It helped me survive and escape after 16 years under the Regime of a Psychopathic Dictator - my father."

Within the South African Apartheid Regime, Denise was locked into domestic slavery – a box within a box. She was only allowed to go to school, ballet and her parent’s places of work when it suited him: to create an impression of normality.

Like the Austrian Fritzl girl, she had to play his sick game and fight him off every day. The boxer needed a sparring partner. If he had the money to build a soundproof cellar she may well have found herself in one… but the invisible walls and chains were there. He was obsessed with Hitler and ran their home like a brown concentration camp. Every day was hell, a constant threat of torture and death. But she found coping strategies…

She wore the mask, educated herself and danced using humour and learning to still the pain. Denise created a miraculous and inspiring self-transformation to become a Ballerina, community worker and reformer. But all the while she had her dark, obsessed ‘Phantom of the Ballet’ waiting in the wings…

She shares her timeous story of survival and dancing into success - out of extreme abuse and poverty within a Depression and harsh Patriarchy. She also offers funny African Theatre anecdotes, travel notes on Scotland, early Film Scripts - and the thought provoking ponderings of outrageous friend, Jasmine Rose.
Denise shares her inspiring story of dancing out of extreme abuse, Apartheid and poverty into Ballerina success! She offers funny African theatre anecdotes, travel notes on Scotland, early Film Scripts - and the thought-provoking ponderings of outrageous friend, Jasmine Rose.

A debut vignette from the book is performed by actress Emily Streete here.

Publication Date: 5 November 2012.
Pages: 286 (print), 462 (Kindle).
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Book 2 - Behind the Scenes
World Adventures of the Ghost Ballerina


Denise's story continues in Book 2 of the Venus Rising Trilogy.

Denise dances, has the honour of wearing Margot Fonteyn's Tutu, and explores Eastern Spiritual Paths. She bundu-bashes through the breath-taking wilderness of South Africa before heading off to Bophuthatswana and a European Tour. There is a romantic engagement in Venice, as well as an Indian Island tour with bizarre happenings...

She shares more outrageous anecdotes and tells how she escapes a revolution and bombings. Denise finally meets the hero Mandela. We gain more insight into the mysterious and magical world of Ballet and Dance. We join her quest for healing and her journey through therapy, self-help and personal development.

She is joined in this book by Margaret McRose, Dusky Rose and others. Yup that's right people. Outrageous Jasmine is not alone. It's the invasion of a Bunch of Roses! Close Encounters of the prickly kind...
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Book 3 - Butterfly Haven Castle
Bush Ballerina Creates a New World


This is the story of the Creation of Butterfly Haven Castle Centre in Cape Town, South Africa.

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