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My Story, My Dance

My Story, My Dance
Illustrated by James E. Ransome
(Simon & Schuster)

A boy discovers his passion for dance and becomes a modern hero in this inspiring picture book biography of Robert Battle, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

When Robert Battle was a boy wearing leg braces, he never dreamed he’d study at Juilliard. Though most dancers begin training at an early age, it wasn’t until Robert was a teenager that his appreciation for movement first from martial arts, then for ballet became his passion. But support from his family and teachers paired with his desire and determination made it possible for Robert to excel. After years of hard work, the young man who was so inspired by a performance of Alvin Ailey’s Revelations became the artistic director of the very company that motivated him. Today, under Robert’s leadership, Alvin Ailey continues to represent the African American spirit through dance.

Starred review, Kirkus

In the hands of the Ransomes, a husband-and-wife team, Robert’s life is a classic inspirational story of family love, faith and passionate artistic devotion.--New York Times Book Review


Come on in, pull up a chair and stay awhile. Readers of my books now have a place to have some of their questions answered about the wonderful and mysterious world of writing. O.K., maybe not all that mysterious, but writing for me is one way to share my thoughts and interests with others. So, you came to the right place if you were just wondering about my early inspirations and how I began writing.

One of the most important things I do as a writer is to read, so you can also find out about some of my favorite books for kids and meet the illustrator of many of my books, husband and collaborator, James Ransome. And finally, find out more about the books. Enjoy your visit!

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Lesa Cline-Ransome


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