American Ballerina (Paperback)
Arts, 9780692574416, 224pp.
Publication Date: December 10, 2015
In The Strength of Ballerinas, her dancing dreams were put to the test as she worked to overcome every obstacle that came her way. And now, seventeen-year-old Kendra is about to face a whole new set of challenges in American Ballerina. As summer comes to a close, the teen prepares to leave home behind for a three-week ballet intensive-followed by an apprenticeship at the Premiere Ballet.
After saying goodbye to her family, friends, and boyfriend Troy, Kendra jumps headfirst into the fast-paced, hectic ballet class, where she takes on the role of student and teacher for a group of younger girls. There, she meets new friends from around the globe-including a handsome French dancer named Jacques, who sees himself as prime competition for Kendra's long-distance love.
Between adjusting to her new surroundings and keeping her health in check, Kendra finds herself filled with doubts about her future-despite a life of dance being everything she ever dreamed of. As she comes of age in the high-stakes world of professional ballet, will she manage to balance personal well-being, friendship, love, and her blossoming career?