Ms. Paino has had a lifelong passion for the arts and for history.
Her formal introduction to the world of ballet began many years ago when she worked as an office nurse to George Balanchine's personal physician, Dr. Leon Lewithin. It continued when her daughter began the quest to become a professional dancer and extended into her own work in arts administration. For more than twenty years, Ms. Paino worked with several schools and dance companies on Long Island, including Dance Theater of Long Island, the Eglevsky Ballet Company and the American Theater Dance Workshop. Ms. Paino's earned a B.S. in Public Administration from Roger Williams University and an M.A. in History from the American Military University/American Public University System. She believes that both formal and informal education is ongoing through life and she holds certificates of completion in Grant Writing from LIU, and Constitution 101 from Hillsdale College.
To Live and Die for Dance is Ms. Paino’s first novel and winner of a 2011 Purple Dragonfly Book Award, as well as Honorary Mention in the Hollywood Book Festival and Millennium Book Contest.
Ivan's Double Life, a short story won the 1997 California's Foster City Writers' Contest in Children's Stories.
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To Live and Die for Dance
by Francine Paino
Chelly Bernardi is driven by her desire to dance in spite of family pressure to go to law school. At the renowned Romanova Ballet Academy Chelly must overcome her own insecurities and work feverishly to impress the demanding director whose daughter Natasha was murdered.
Natasha's ghost stays close watching and waiting. Is Chelly the new dancer who can help expose murder and treachery?
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