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Thalia Mara taught ballet for more than 50 years and was the founder of the USA International Ballet Competition. She is the author of Steps in Ballet. Janice Barringer is a columnist for Dancer and Pointe magazines and is the coauthor of The Pointe Book. She lives in New York City. Janice Barringer is a musical consultant for Stepping Tones Records in Los Angeles and has been spotlighted in the PBS Dance in America series. She has been on the faculty of the American Dance Center, Ballet Hispanico, Harkness House, and STEPS and is a columnist for Pointe. Sarah Schlesinger is the former owner of the Capezio Dance Theatre Shops in Maryland and Delaware. She has extensive experience in fitting and repairing pointe shoes and is chair at the graduate musical theater writing program at New York Universitys Tisch School of Arts. They both live in New York City.


"Thalia Mara looked for the best in you, she found it, and then she expected you to excel, always. Her attitude is conveyed in her writing" Madeleine M. Nichols, Curator, Dance Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. "Author of eleven published books, Thalia will long be remembered for her role as a teacher. Many students found their love of dance through her, and many went on to careers in ballet companies around the world." USA International Ballet Competition, 25th Anniversary Reunion Gala Program 2004"

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