ABOUT THE AUTHOR Marilyn Z. Gaston began her professional performing career before and after graduation with a B.F.A. in Ballet/Theatre from Texas Christian University. She danced with the Ft. Worth Ballet, Casa Mañana Summer Musicals, Inc., the Atlanta Ballet Company from 1972-74 and, from 1974-1977 she was engaged as a fully-contracted company member with the German State Theatre ballet companies in Lübeck and Karlsrühe (Germany), and the Ballet du Rhin (then housed in Strasbourg, France). She later also danced with the professional company of the Maryland Ballet when it was headquartered in Baltimore until 1979. Upon returning to the U.S. from Europe, Ms. Gaston began teaching in universities, private dance schools and pre-professional studios. In 1981 she founded the Ballet Academy of Baltimore and the Ballet Concerto of Baltimore, now known collectively as the Baltimore Ballet, and continued in that capacity for 17 years, until 1997. She served on the dance faculties of Towson University, Goucher College, Loyola University (Baltimore), Tyler Jr. College, and other universities, and later completed a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance (ballet emphasis) on a teaching fellowship in 2012 at the University of Oklahoma. Her past students have been accepted into college dance programs, pre-professional schools, and professional dance companies. In 2008 Ms. Gastoncompleted an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte. She has two fiction books (under M.Z. Gaston), and two other ballet books in this series in publication. She currently teachs at the Orlando Ballet School, Florida.