Zippora Karz is a former soloist ballerina with the New York City Ballet where she performed for 16 years on stage and in televised performances. She was featured in a variety of roles choreographed by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins (The Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker being one of her favorites) as well as works choreographed for her by such choreographers as Peter Martins and Lynne Taylor Corbett. Today Miss Karz stages Balanchine ballets all over the world coaching and teaching dance. Miss Karz was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at the age of 21 and is passionate today about motivating others to take care of themselves and live their dreams. She is a passionate speaker and motivator, sharing her story as well as her love of movement to all ages from kids to adults. Her memoir, the Sugarless Plum is in stores and at www.zipporakarz.com.