JANICE BARRINGER was raised in Florida and received her early training in ballet, jazz, tap and acrobatics there from Edith and Bill Royal. Upon deciding to focus on ballet, she moved to New York City, the dance capitol of the world, where she studied with leading teachers in the field. Janice is currently a ballet teacher and writer. She has written for Dance Magazine, Pointe Magazine and now writes regularly for Dancer Magazine. Her book, The Pointe Book, the definitive book on pointe shoes and pointe training has been a big seller all over the world. The second Edition was published in June 2004. In the spring of 2005 another of her books was published by Princeton Book Company: On Pointe: A Look at the USA International Ballet Competition.