To Dance by Siena Cherson Siegel
A Ballerina's Graphic Novel

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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 Siena Cherson Siegel

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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.
 
Published September 24, 2013 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 64 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Sports & Outdoors. Fiction

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She moved from her home in Puerto Rico to become a student at the School of American Ballet in New York City and danced onstage in children’s roles with the New York City Ballet during the late 1970s and early 1980s, when ballet was hot stuff indeed.

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Under Balanchine's direction, Siena danced in Harlequinade , in which Baryshnikov starred, and she watches the ballet from the backstage wings, spying Balanchine or "Mr. B.," as the dancers call him, in the wings opposite her.

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The story that follows is a delightful one, with tribute paid to famous ballets, ballet companies, dancers, and everything about the ballet.

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The graphic novel begins, “Big empty spaces make me want to dance…” and continues to tell the story of how a little girl who was told she had flat feet overcame and lived her dream to dance.

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When she was six years old Siena began to take dance lessons in Puerto Rico, which she continued after her family moved to Boston, moved back to Puerto Rico, and finally ended up in New York City where she studied at the School of American Ballet.

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