Our feet slip
into satin shoes
with stiff shanks,
and slippery ribbons
that wrap and end
in hard knots.
The frayed edges
out of sight.
A row of bound feet
to its toes.
For as long as she can remember, Clare and her family have had a
dream: Someday Clare will be a dancer in City Ballet Company. For
ten long years Clare has been taking ballet lessons, watching what
she eats, giving up friends and a social life, and practicing until
her feet bleed -- all for the sake of that dream. And now, with the
audition for City Ballet Company right around the corner, the dream
feels so close.
But what if the dream doesn''t come true? The competition for
the sixteen spots in the company is fierce, and many won''t make
it. Talent, dedication, body shape, size -- everything will
influence the outcome. Clare''s grandfather says she is already a
great dancer, but does she really have what it takes to make it
into the company? And if not, then what?
Told through passionate and affecting poems in Clare''s own
voice, On Pointe soars with emotion as it explores what it
means to reach for a dream -- and the way that dreams can change as
quickly and suddenly as do our lives.