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She dedicated the self-published book to her daughter, Kalena, 12, who danced alongside her mother onstage for several "Nutcrackers." Kalena never became a die-hard ballet "bunhead," (she favors martial arts these days), but Gabay says being a mother definitely colored the way she wrote the book.

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