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Rat-a-tat-tat, my feet hit the ground, and the sound sings up like music. I am dancing on the sidewalk, skipping home from school, free as a bird, and my feet are flying. People stare then look away fast, but I don't stop dancing. Not for them, not for no one. With small, soft steps, I glide over the ground, kicking up dust in little red clouds around my toes. Dangling from its strap, my school bag bangs against my legs as I go. I can feel Miss Priss and her posse behind me, walking to Vicky's Ballet Studio for their class. They're all sweater sets and saddle shoes, but I know they've got pink tights and pink leotards and pretty pink satin ballet slippers in their bags, locked up tight against the red, South Carolina dust.

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Looking at her skinny chicken legs poking up from the ground, you'd never think that Casey Quinn could ever be a ballerina.

But just because Casey can't do ballet in high-tops doesn't mean she can't dance. She has more grace in her pinkie toe than the local rich girls put together. And Casey has a dream to dance in New York and no one is going to stop her.

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'I spent most of my childhood in costume, directing my younger siblings in lavish living-room productions. After stealing the show as The Littlest Christmas Tree in The Snow Queen Ballet, I finally hung up my dancing shoes in pursuit my one true love: writing.'

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