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Becoming a Ballerina: A Nutcracker Story

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.

For more stories about girls and women who love to dance, visit our Performing Arts section in Creative Arts.

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"Fiona talks about her aches and pains ('Sometimes [my feet] hurt so much that I want to cry'), her sacrifices ('I miss going to birthday parties and the movies, being in school talent shows, sleepovers -- normal stuff'), the fierce competition, and even what Clara and the Prince talk about while they’re floating over the stage in a balloon headed for the Kingdom of Sweets. Dowdle’s photographs, the result of extraordinary access to the production, immerse readers in the hard work of rehearsals and backstage life." -- Publisher's Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 7 - 12
Author Lise Friedman
Illustrator Mary Dowdle
ISBN 0670013927
Publication Date Oct 11, 2012
Publisher Viking Juvenile
Language English