by Robert Maiorano
In this story of his first sixteen years, Robert Maiorano tells how a small boy who once wanted to be a Brooklyn Dodger became a world-renowned dancer. He Âdescribes the years of hard work, the arduous training, the frustrations, triumphs, and disappointments before he was accepted into the New York City Ballet. He details the fast-paced life of his tour with the company in Russia, where as a sixteen-year-old he danced for Khrushchev on the eve of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Robert’s story is one of many contrasts — of hope and despair, of love and sorrow, and of the two worlds in which he moved: the gang-ridden Brooklyn of the fifties and the brilliant, demanding, exciting world of the ballet.
About the Author
Robert Maiorano was a soloist with the New York City Ballet for more than twenty years, where he originated and performed leading roles in ballets with nine of the world’s premier choreographers, including Balanchine and Robbins. He is the author of Mozartiana, The Making of a Masterpiece, as well as three children’s books. Now living in Saratoga Springs, New York, he continues to teach, choreograph, and lecture.
- Winner of the American Library Association’s “Best Books for Young Adults,” 1980.