Synopses & Reviews
Kent (Ballerina Swan) who danced with the New York City Ballet for more than 30 years follows a ballerina as she prepares for an evening performance. Iris who Stock (Ready and Waiting for You) portrays as a lanky young woman with a bushel of curly red hair crosses through busy autumn city streets to the theater where she rehearses and attends class. Her partner’s injured foot means that Iris will dance with someone new and the two practice together before they are to take the stage. Aspiring dancers should be easily drawn into Kent’s methodical detailing of even small moments of a dancer’s routine such as choosing the right pair of shoes while recurring timestamps (“At 7:20 Iris is back in the dressing room”) quietly underscore how much of a dancer’s life is governed by repetition consistency and precision. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Faith Hamlin Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Mar.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
Iris has a busy day before taking the stage in her ballet. She wakes up early and heads to the theater, where she has classes, costume fittings and rehearsals. With a break for lunch and an unexpected change in partners, soon enough it s almost show time. At half an hour to curtain Iris gets her shoes ready and does a few chaines. The musicians tune their instruments as the stage manager calls for places. At 8:00 the curtain rises and the dancing begins "