Our friend Keith's daughter, Ale, dressed up as a ballerina for Halloween and looking at the photos of her in her black leotard, white tights and little pink skirt made me think of the book, A Very Young Dancer for the first time in too many years to mention.
Does anyone else remember that book?
Photographer and author Jill Krementz (Kurt Vonnegut's widow) has published many books including a whole series of Very Young books; A Very Young Gymnast, A Very Young Rider, AVery Young Skater etc. When I was little, I thought they were all good, but I never loved any of them as much as A Very Young Dancer.
It's about an 10 year old girl attending the School of American Ballet who gets cast as Clara in the New York City Ballet's production of the Nutcracker.
The photos are gorgeous, and the story is told from the perspective of the young dancer, Stephanie. When I was little I poured over the book obsessively wishing one day I could be so lucky as to be in the Nutcracker.
Sadly, A Very Young Dancer is out of print, but I think I still have my copy somewhere at my parents house. At least I hope so that I can give to my one day in the future, hypothetical daughter.
I'm going to try and find it next time I visit because just thinking about it makes me wish I never stopped dancing. (that's me in the middle.)
Do you think there are ballet classes for out of shape adults?