An ongoing series wherein CWILL BC writers and illustrators connect a picture or an item to one of their books.
These toe slippers were my prized possession in grade 9. I had been taking ballet lessons in New York City, and my teacher, the beautiful, regal, and fiery Romana Krasanovska, said I was finally ready to go en pointe. Straight to the Capezio Store I leapt – well, walked, but fast – and was fitted for my toe shoes. I remember taking them out of my dance bag on the bus going home and pretending to have to retie the ribbons, just to show them off.
I have always loved to dance, and that love affair was the starting point for my teen novel, Avalanche Dance. I asked myself: What if a young dancer was injured – or thought she was injured – and couldn’t dance? How could she overcome the disappointment and misery of not being able to do the thing she loved? This became a story of friendship, with lots of dance woven in. The teacher in the book is a combination of several of my beloved dance teachers.
A sad note: I wasn’t talented enough to become a professional dancer. A happy note: I still take dance classes every week.
Avalanche Dance was published by Tundra Books in 2010.