About the Author:

Francine-Paino_cmprMs. Paino has had a lifelong passion for the opera, ballet and history.
Her formal introduction to the world of ballet began when she worked as an office nurse for George Balanchine’s personal physician.

“In retrospect, this was my early training ground for what was to come.”

Her involvement in dance accelerated when her daughter began the quest to become a professional dancer and extended into Ms. Paino’s  work in arts administration.

“I have been blessed to have assisted many dance notables.” For over twenty years, Ms. Paino worked with several schools and dance companies writing grants, press releases and assisting in the management of these organizations, including Dance Theater of Long Island, the Fedicheva Ballet Company under the artistic direction of the late Kaleria Fedicheva, the Eglevsky Ballet Company with Artistic Director Ali Pourfarrokh and the American Theater Dance Workshop.

Ms. Paino’s ongoing education includes 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 holds certificates of completion in Grant Writing from LIU, and Constitution 101 from Hillsdale College.

To Live and Die for Dance, Ms. Paino’s first novel was the 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 1997 short story won first place in California’s Foster City Writers’ Contest.

NON-Dance Stories

“Supermarket Nightmare,” injects humor into everyday situations and appeared in the February 2015 issue of Funny Times. 
Mama’s Little Lady, A Special Pony, a children’s book published in 2012, focuses on the damage of bullying. It received an award from the Purple Dragonfly Contest.

“An Unwelcome Image” a dark psychological mystery appeared in the December 2015 edition of Over My Dead Body, an online mystery magazine