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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.