Possibly the best-loved of all ballets are Giselle, La Bayadere and Swan Lake. Kwn as the White Ballets, they each tell stories of ethereal creatures suspended somewhere between heaven and earth. Rajka Kupesic has retold these three magical stories: Giselle, the peasant girl who is compelled to dance and fears that she will become a spirit maiden in the afterlife; Nikiya, the beautiful temple dancer who breaks tradition when she falls in love with a warrior; and the infamous Swan Lake. Set against breathtaking art, this is a stunning illustrated adaptation.
Rajka Kupesic was classically trained as a ballerina and danced in Europe. As a painter, she is known for her unique handling of detail, color, and mood, which infuses the familiar with an extraordinary quality. Her paintings have been shown in numerous galleries worldwide. Her first book Claire s Gift, was awarded the Mr. Christie s Book Award for Best Children s Book. She lives in Toronto with her husband. They have two sons.