Tuesday, January 17, 2012

To Dance: a Ballerina's Graphic Novel by Siena Cherson Siegel and Mark Siegel

When she was six, Siena was told that it was impossible to fix her flat feet but as a last effort she and her mother enrolled her into ballet. Siena soon became entranced with dancing and it soon completely shaped her personal and family's life. It was through dance that Siena was introduced to an outside world, and became the impetus for the family move to New York from San Juan. Every waking moment was given to dance, which brought her continuous new experiences and introduced her to new people. 

Though eventually Siena has to give up dance because of severe injuries, the influence of dance on her life and life's perspective continues.

I quite enjoyed this book. It's a quick read, and though a rather romanticized view of Siena's life, I like the fact that she didn't play down how difficult the actual life of a dancer is. It was a sweet and somewhat thought-provoking memoir. That's all I have to say about it. Done.

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