I just took Margaret to the see a performance of “The Nutcracker.” She sat through the first half entranced. She loved Clara, the battle with the mice, and the part where it snows at the end of Act I. Intermission was a big hit because it involved eating Christmas cookies. By the second act, Margaret was yawning through the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and ready to leave.
Before taking Margaret to the ballet, I read her my tattered and worn copy of A Very Young Dancer. The black and white photographs by Jill Krementz tell the story of 10-year-old Stephanie preparing to dance a lead role in New York City Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.”
The book was published in 1976 – and I thought it might be a little too dated – but Margaret loved it. The ballet photos are timeless. And the photos of the glamorous ’70s ballet moms are #goals.
“A Very Young Dancer” is long out of print. I searched the Nashville Public Library catalog and they don’t have a copy. Amazon sells it – but at a pretty steep price for a used book.
Do you remember “A Very Young Dancer”? Or the other Jill Krementz books? Are there other (more current!) books about “The Nutcracker” that you like?
P.S. – The New York Times just ran a great piece on some of the young dancers in New York City Ballet’s “Nutcracker”