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- See also: Minor Characters in Marisol's Story
Chapter By Chapter Summary
Chapter One: Saturday Morning
The chapter begins with Marisol explaining why she likes to spend the whole morning in her bedroom as she can at the action at the park and the street below. Marisol looks down to see her friend Victor sucking on a popsicle and her neighbor Mr. Mendoza swinging his briefcase. She waves to Mr. Mendoza and introduces herself to the reader. She explains that she's the only child and she loves dancing. Marisol also describes her room: her ceiling is full of glow-in-the-dark stars and her room also doubles as a dance studio. Marisol explains some of the dances she does: ballet folklórico, ballet and some jazz, although she hasn't really done it since her class last summer.
Marisol's cat Rascal prances into Marisol's room and rubs himself against Marisol's leg. Marisol pets her cat as she tries to scold him about disappearing last night. Rascal meows as Marisol puts him on her bed and she continues to practice her ballet folklórico until her father calls for her. Marisol runs to the kitchen and sees her dad squinting his left eye shut. He explains in Spanish that he was making salsa when he decided to rub his eye, not aware the chili sauce was still on his hand. Marisol cleans her dad's eye and her father continues cutting the vegetables as he asks Marisol what she's been doing. Marisol responds she was practicing for the upcoming dance performance at the Senior Citizens Center on Thursday, October 22. When Marisol asks if her dad will be able to come to the performance, he jokes around with her and pretends he might be too busy to come. Marisol's dad starts to make breakfast as Marisol's mother returns from the grocery store and the family have eggs, tortillas, and salsa for breakfast. While eating, Marisol's dad mentions that the tomatoes in the salsa don't have much flavor and it would be best to grow their own tomatoes. Marisol's mother points out that they need a yard if they want to plant anything, but their apartment doesn't have one. Marisol's dad says they might need their own house and looks at Marisol, who comments on how good breakfast was. Her dad adds that it would be even better if they could grow their own chilies and tomatoes. Her parents look at Marisol as she gets the feeling her parents are up to something.
Later on, Marisol's mom drives Marisol and her friend Sara to ballet folklórico practice. They have a hard time finding a parking spot at the school where the dance lesson is held and thus are five minutes late. But Marisol's dance teacher, Maestra Davila, is late as well, walking right behind them with an armful of dance clothes. Sara offers to help her teacher carry some of the bundle, dumping her own clothes into Marisol's arms. Marisol feels a tap on her shoulder and sees Jesse, a fellow dance classmate. He offers to carry some of Marisol's things and Marisol thinks that while he's a nice guy, he just can't dance. As they reach the school, Maestra Davila reminds her students not to be late for the performance on Thursday.
Chapter Two: Something's Up
Chapter Three: Who Is She?
Chapter Four: A New Friend
Chapter Five: Two Square Champ
Chapter Six: Surprise!
Chapter Seven: Saying Goodbye
Chapter Eight: D for Dance, R for Rascal
Three True Stories about other girls who dance.
Annie has taken modern dance lessons since she was five years old. She has classes four days a week and spends about fifteen hours a week dancing. Annie performs normally four times a year and had stage fright on the very first performance but has not had it since. At the time of the article's publication, Annie was planning on taking ballet for the first time. Her teacher had told her if she wanted to be a professional dancer, she had to know a variety of styles. Annie was quoted as saying, "I'm nervous, but excited."
Laura and Anna are sisters. The girls started ballet six years prior, and at the time of article publication were dancing together. Laura is one year older than Anna, and they both like the fact that "they can practice together at home as well as in the studio." Anna and Laura have both been in The Nutcracker and original ballets of their academy. They've performed as mice, angels, rats, puppets, toys, and soldiers. After they turned ten they began to dance en pointe. Laura and Anna love ballet.
Alinee does folk dance. She is from Mexico City. Alinne and her mother were in Wisconsin, and saw a folk dance performance at a Mexican festival. They practice every weekend. Twelve-year-old Alinne is the youngest and newest member, and likes to sing rap and play basketball. Each region has a different style of skirts, and Alinne gets to try many different skirts.