Who would turn down an offer of free lessons from Madam Gulenka to learn the graceful moves and artistry of a ballerina? This opportunity extended to an intelligent but overweight 7th grade girl with psychological problems reaps great rewards.

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I was so inspired with my wife’s former career as a professional ballerina that I decided to write a children’s story about ballet. I only had a smattering of knowledge about the terminology and positions used in this art form, but with Shirley’s expertise, the problem was soon resolved. With vivid memories of her graceful performances, I’m happy to say that my 23rd children’s story was a pleasure to write.

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