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  • 05/2022
  • 9781955555234 B09ZGHW76H
  • 64 pages
  • $4.99
Paperback Details
  • 05/2022
  • 978-1955555227 1955555222
  • 64 pages
  • $12.99
Hardcover Details
  • 05/2022
  • 978-1955555241 1955555249
  • 64 pages
  • $24.99
Once Upon a Dance
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Dance Stance: Beginning Ballet for Young Dancers with Ballerina Konora

Middle Grade; Other Nonfiction; (Market)

Aspiring dancers adore the clever mix of wisdom, anecdotes, and how-to instruction from a professional ballerina. Throughout the series debut, young readers explore ballet posture from standing on both feet, tiptoes, and one leg. A tutu-wearing kitty-cat sidekick joins Ballerina Konora and friends, adding humor and lighthearted encouragement. Brought to you by the mother-daugther team, Once Upon a Dance, who’s won over 20 awards for their Dance-It-Out! and Dancing Shapes series for younger audiences.
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Mother-daughter writing duo Once Upon a Dance (Danika’s Dancing Day) is back with the first in a new series, Ballet Inspiration and Choreography Concepts for Young Dancers, offering a detailed introduction to posture for ballet dancers. Likening ballet to a “gorgeous muti-layered cake,” the authors dedicate this title to that cake’s first layer—the basic dance stance that underpins more elaborate ballet techniques—and teach readers the skills necessary to master posture fundamentals. Inspired to demonstrate that ballet is equal parts challenging and rewarding, the authors combine step-by-step guidance with playful metaphors to deliver a beautifully crafted handbook for beginning and more advanced dancers.

Readers will gain serious know-how in this energetic guide. From the steps required to execute a perfect relevé to getting the hang of proper leg rotation during turnout, ballet posture is analyzed from every angle. To help speed up the learning process, and to give readers a slice of entertainment while presenting what the authors acknowledge are challenging skills, the authors present each move with engaging metaphor. Rising to toes from flat feet is compared to “leaning forward to smell a gigantic pot of your favorite food,” and the secret to widening shoulders when practicing posture is to imagine “a cobra snake stretching [its] hood sideways.” Whimsical watercolor illustrations by Stella Maris Mongodi bring the mechanics to life.

The icing on the cake is Ballerina Konora’s personal dance notes, such as how to capture the attention of an audience through minimal movement and the positive physical effects of learning good posture through structured dance. Also significant is her down-to-earth treatment of the pressures that accompany ballet. She encourages beginners that “hardly anyone likes ballet during their first year” and urges breaks, when needed, to explore other interests. This story is an aesthetic reminder of ballet’s technical skills that will motivate dancers to “find joy in [their] learning.”

Takeaway: A step-by-step guide to ballet posture that offers inspiring commentary and professional tricks of the trade.

Great for fans of: Rachel Isadora’s Lili at Ballet, Darcey Bussell’s The Ballet Book.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: A
Editing: A
Marketing copy: A

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 05/2022
  • 9781955555234 B09ZGHW76H
  • 64 pages
  • $4.99
Paperback Details
  • 05/2022
  • 978-1955555227 1955555222
  • 64 pages
  • $12.99
Hardcover Details
  • 05/2022
  • 978-1955555241 1955555249
  • 64 pages
  • $24.99

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