To Dance

A Ballerina's Graphic Novel

By Siena Cherson Siegel; Mark Siegel (Illustrator)
(Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books, Hardcover, 9780689867477, 64pp.)

Publication Date: October 1, 2006

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Description

Dancers are young when they first dream of dance. Siena was six -- and her dreams kept skipping and leaping, circling and spinning, from airy runs along a beach near her home in Puerto Rico, to dance class in Boston, to her debut performance on stage with the New York City Ballet.

To Dance tells and shows the fullness of her dreams and her rhapsodic life they led to. Part family history, part backstage drama, here is an original, firsthand book about a young dancer's beginnings -- and beyond.




About the Author

Mark Siegel was inspired by Cynthia Rylant's melodious homage to moonlit nights to take many long walks with only the full moon as his guide. The wonderfully atmospheric illustrations in Long Night Moon reflect many of the things he discovered on those nocturnal hikes. An up-and-coming visual artist and an aspiring author, Mark spends his days designing books for children. His first book, Lisa Wheeler's Seadogs, was published earlier this year. He lives with his wife, Siena, in New York.




Praise For To Dance

"The familiar tale of a young dancer's progress takes on a newly poignant aura by being translated into the unexpectedly appropriate medium of the graphic novel."

-- Terry Teachout, author of All in the Dances: A Brief Life of George Balanchine

"I treasure the marriage of these lovable pictures with the humble story of becoming a ballerina. I believe that with this book, the number of ballet lovers will grow."

-- Maya Plisetskaya, prima ballerina, Bolshoi Ballet

"To Dance is a beautiful portrait of the magical world of dance, and an even more beautiful portrait of a young girl growing up. A must-read for all dreamers who discover themselves. Brava, Siena!"

-- Peter Boal, artistic director, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and former principal dancer, New York City Ballet

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