Dance of Shadows Exclusive: Pages from Margaret Adler’s diary

I found some of the missing pages from Margaret Adler’s diary. We, her friends and family, are all concerned she has been missing so long and we want nothing more that to find her safe and well. Margaret disappeared from the New York Ballet Academy and her sister, Vanessa, is determined to find out what happened to her. We hope that by posting the diary entries you may be able to piece together the clues that will help us bring Margaret home. To view the previous pages go HERE and keep an eye out for more, somebody must be able to help!

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[September 18]

Dear Diary,

Josef was horrible today. I can’t even tell you about it. There’s this kid named Zachary who’s messed up a couple of times in class. Josef just blew up at him today, with this razor-edged, sarcastic fury. The worst of it was that he was funny; some of the kids were smirking until Josef glared at them and suggested that if they didn’t shut up, he would meet with them in his office. He even hit Zach with the stick he uses to beat time. Zach ran out of the room; I think he might have been trying not to cry.

No, that’s not the worst of it. Don’t hate me, Diary: Even when Josef was cutting Zach down, he was … magnetic.

No. I can’t keep crushing on him this way. No.

Margaret xox

[September 19]

Dear Diary,

Just for the record, the daily routine here is grueling. Five days a week, it looks like this:

6:30 am                  Wake up

6:35 am                  Kick Maddy’s bed so that she wakes up, too

6:40-6:55 am          Shower, dress, then downstairs to the caf

7:00-7:15 am          Scarf down whatever will give you energy without making you fat (unless you’re Maddy, in which case you have French toast)

7:15 am                  Walk quickly (running is verboten according to Hilda) across the plaza to the practice studios

7:30-8:30 am          Stretching and warm-up (with Hilda, who is the ballet mistress as well as program admin and NYBA enforcer)

8:45-10:45 am         Classical training. Us freshmen spend most of our time at the barre; upperclassmen get to do center work

11:00-12:50 pm       Academics. Two classes alternate every other day (algebra and human geography/ history) with two other classes (English comp and English lit), but we get some bit of French every day. AKA “the language of dance.” AKA “can’t speak it without sounding like a snot.” AKA “language of snark and gossip by the upperclass girls.”

1:00-1:30 pm          “Lunch.” In quotes because some girls I swear survive only on the idea of actually eating.

1:40-3:30 pm          More academics. So far here we have the sciences. And Mickey Mouse classes like human anatomy, a lot of which we know already. Final half hour is a supervised homework period.

3:30-4:30 pm          Pilates, weight training, and conditioning class

4:45-6:30 pm          Classical training and/or rehearsal depending on whether you get cast in a show or not.

6:45-7:30 pm          Dinner

7:30-onward           Homework and “free time.”

I’ll give you my Saturday schedule when I have a moment!

Your exhausted Margaret

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Dance of Shadows

by Yelena Black

Dancing with someone is an act of trust. Elegant and intimate; you’re close enough to kiss, close enough to feel your partner’s heartbeat. But for Vanessa, dance is deadly – and she must be very careful who she trusts . . . Vanessa doesn’t believe that her sister is a runaway. She wouldn’t leave her family behind without saying a word. The only way Vanessa can discover the truth behind her mysterious disappearance is to follow in Margaret’s footsteps, but to do so she risks her sanity and maybe even her life . . .

Vanessa Adler is one of the talented few to get a place at the acclaimed New York Ballet Academy. Between backbreaking rehearsals for the school’s production of The Firebird she desperately tries to find out what happened to her sister before she vanished. There are rumors that the pressure of performing the lead role, the same role Vanessa is now rehearsing for, drove her mad. Other girls have gone missing too. Can the role be cursed? Vanessa’s new relationship with leading-man Zep only seems to complicate things further. What is he hiding from her and can she really trust him?

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