About the Author
Beyond being a ballet mom herself, Ms. Paino has witnessed, first-hand, the many dramas that unfold for young men and women who must decide first if they want a professional career, then choose from the avenues available to pursue their dreams, including the roads less traveled. Ms. Paino has worked in the dance business with schools and companies for over twenty years and she has seen it all. To Live and Die for Dance is Ms. Paino’s first full length book and in 2011 it won awards in the Purple Dragonfly, Hollywood Book Festival and Millennium Book Contest. Her short story, Ivan’s Double Life, won first place in California's Foster City Writer's Contest and is included here as a bonus story. The setting for To LIve and Die for Dance is the rocky north shore of Long Island where Ms. Paino and her family reside.