A Young Dancer's Apprenticeship: On Tour with the Moscow City Ballet

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Raincoast Books, 2002 - Ballet dancers - 127 pages
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Here is the inspiring true story of a 14-year-old Canadian ballerina's elevation to soloist with the Moscow City Ballet. At 14, talented young dancer Olympia Dowd was plucked from the obscurity of a Vancouver ballet workshop and offered a life-altering opportunity: she was one of two Canadian girls selected to dance with the Moscow City Ballet. In her own words, Olympia describes the highs and lows of her remarkable experience: the months of training in Russia and the rigours of touring with a professional ballet. This amazing adventure is portrayed through the eyes, emotions and words of a "normal" adolescent with an extraordinary talent. Spectacular photographs of Olympia's unique odyssey-public triumphs, behind-the-scenes grind and rare moments of relaxation-complement the text on every page.

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