A Very Sad Ending I Did Not Want to Write

Stephanie Selby and Sean Savoie in the 1976 New York City Ballet production of “The Nutcracker.” (Image copyright Martha Swope / NYPL Digital Collections- The New York Public Library)

Three months ago I wrote about Stephanie Selby aka Stephanie DePierro. Little girls all over the country know Selby as A Very Young Dancer in Jill Krementz’s photo essay book. Krementz documented a year in Selby’s life when Selby was 10. Selby trained at George Balanchine’s School of American Ballet in New York City. Selby also won the coveted role of Mary in the New York City Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker.”

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