Becoming a Ballerina

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Becoming a Ballerina

A Nutcracker Story, Starring the Dancers of Boston Ballet

By Lise Friedman; Mary Dowdle (Illustrator); Mary Dowdle (Photographer)

Viking Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780670013920, 48pp.

Publication Date: October 11, 2012


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.

About the Author
Lisa Friedman is currently the dance writer for Microsoft's New York Sidewalk. A former dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, she also served as founding editor of the award-winning quarterly Dance Ink and author of First Lessons in Ballet and an adjunct professor at New York University. She is also a contributing editor at Elleand a journalist who writes about the performing arts for various publications. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York, just a short cab ride from the Great White Way!

Praise For Becoming a Ballerina

"A feast for the eye for all readers. . . . Ballet lovers will relish the behind-the-scenes look at this land of enchantment."
-Kirkus Reviews

"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 dancer’s journey . . . A lively look at a production for aspiring dancers."

-School Library Journal

"Friedman . . . has an endless store of delicious details and insights. Dowdle’s photographs, the result of extraordinary access to the production, immerse readers in the hard work of rehearsals and backstage life."
-Publishers Weekly

"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."
-The Horn Book

"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."
-The Boston Globe