|Tutus and ballet shoes on the clay tile covers..|
|Pink handmade paper and a story of growing up|
|First chapter, First Position 1992|
|I was having fun.|
|At ballet camp, the students (all exceptional) were separated by "talent" the first day.|
The fourth chapter (fourth position) is titled, Snow and Steel. It's about a young adult making strides in accomplishments, about dedication to a goal and about determination. It's also about the push to independence that can be scary, cause harm, or failure... or a sort of success that will feed your confidence and set your life choices for the rest of your life.
|...the most complicated and painful yet useful position.|
The book ends with the chapter on the fifth position, On to Level 5, 2004... This short chapter alludes to the transition, accomplishments and subsequent life into adulthood... The back cover is another little ballerina with her knobby knees, 'jelly belly', and pink tutu.
|In first position...|
When we see the little book Positions, it's easy to view it as adorable and precious. Yet the story includes not just the joy of experiencing new things, but the discomfort, the disillusion, and the hard work of growing up. Like the little clay book, the story is kind of hard, yet the last chapter is left open to the bliss of dancing to the music of a full life.