The perfect holiday gift for every young ballet fan
Go backstage at the ballet with real-life thirteen-year-old dancer Fiona. Dozens of gorgeous, full-color photographs welcome readers into Fiona's world, as she goes from auditions, to rehearsals, to opening night playing Clara, the lead child's role in Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker. Experience the nerves, the hard work, and ultimately the thrill of performing on the big stage with a professional company. This is a beautiful holiday gift that young dancers will cherish all year round.
Lise Friedman is a former dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and the coauthor of Letters to Juliet, which inspired the 2010 film of the same title. She is also the author of a number of other dance books for young readers. Lise lives in New York City.
Mary Dowdle grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has spent the last twelve years as a freelance photographer specializing in photographing children, and she collaborated with author Lise Friedman on Break a Leg! The Kids' Guide to Acting and Stagecraft (a Children's Book-of-the-Month Club selection). Mary lives in Boston with her husband and three children.
"A feast for the eye for all readers. . . . Ballet lovers will relish the behind-the-scenes look at this land of enchantment."
"A fascinating book for young ballet students and a fresh introduction to that perennial favorite, The Nutcracker."
"Ballet lovers and wannabe performers will enjoy this backstage look at a young dancers journey . . . A lively look at a production for aspiring dancers."
"Friedman . . . has an endless store of delicious details and insights. Dowdles photographs, the result of extraordinary access to the production, immerse readers in the hard work of rehearsals and backstage life."
"Young dancers will be entranced by the fascinating details of rehearsals, costuming, and staging, while Nutcracker fans will treasure this intimate view of a beloved holiday tradition."
"Becoming a Ballerina, geared for ages 7 and up, paints a vivid portrait of Wada-Gill's artistic life, the years of balancing intensive dance training with homework demands and social activities."
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