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Hope in a Ballet Shoe tells the story of Michaela DePrince. Growing up in war-torn Sierra Leone, she witnessed atrocities that no child ever should. Her father was killed by rebels and her mother died of famine. Sent to an orphanage, Michaela was mistreated and saw the brutal murder of her favourite teacher. Then Michaela and her best friend are adopted by an American couple, and Michaela begins to take dance lessons. But life in the States isn't without difficulties. Unfortunately, tragedy can find its way to Michaela in America, too, and her past can feel like it's haunting her. The world of ballet is a racist one, and Michaela has to fight for a place amongst the ballet elite, hearing the words 'America's not ready for a black girl ballerina.' And yet . . . Today, Michaela DePrince is an international ballet star, dancing for The Dutch National Ballet at the age of nineteen. This is a heart-breaking, inspiring autobiography by a teenager who shows us that, beyond everything, there is always hope for a better future.
"A detailed and practical title for those interested in learning about ballet or to engage young readers in movement during story time" - School Library Journal Welcome to your first day at ballet school! Put on your ballet shoes and let's master your basics with author and New York City Ballet principal Ashley Bouder. Learn five basic lessons, then visit the costume room, before putting on your very own show of Sleeping Beauty at the end. There's no admissions policy to our Ballet School. Whether you are already learning ballet, or thinking about starting, this class is for you. Learn your plies, first positions, jetes, pirouettes, and grand battements. But what happens if you fall? How do you stretch and look after your body? How do you get ready for class? No worries--it's all answered in this book from professional ballerina Ashley Bouder. Then go on to learn the characters and interpretations of Sleeping Beauty--taught in an inclusive way so anyone can dance the parts they want to. A helpful glossary at the back provides a review of ballet terms. Tutus are optional.
From the first female African American principal dancer in American Ballet Theatre history, Misty Copeland, comes an encouraging guided journal that's inspired by her New York Times bestselling memoir, Life in Motion. Misty Copeland has broken down barriers in the world of dance, becoming the first African American female principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. And along the way, she's always used the art of journaling to remember it all. Now, she's sharing her passion for writing with you! Featuring prompts, quizzes, motivational quotes, and more, Your Life in Motion-inspired by Misty's own experiences-will help young readers live their best lives every day!
Do you love tap dance? This book tells you all you need to know about this exciting style of dance. Learn about tricky moves, star performers, and the clothes they wear. Then you can have a go yourself!
Young ballet fans will love this informative book, showing simple steps to dance to music from famous ballets such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. Press the pages to hear the music, arranged and produced by Anthony Marks. Produced with the help of the Central School of Ballet.
Do you love ballroom dancing? This book tells you all you need to know about this exciting style of dance. Learn about tricky moves, star performers, and the clothes they wear. Then you can have a go yourself
Harper and her fellow Dance Starz are headed to New York City for the big national competition! Not only will they be up against their arch-rivals, the Belles, but Harper will also face off against her old dance team. Does Harper have what it takes to finally prove that she belongs on the big stage?
The Competition, written in collaboration with Julia Devillers, is the third and final book in the glittering trilogy from international dance superstar Maddie Ziegler.
A beautifully refreshed and expanded special edition of the Sibert Honor-winning graphic memoir about the dreams and realities of becoming a ballerina.
Ballerinas are young when they first dream of dance. Siena was six--and her dreams kept skipping and leaping, circling and spinning, from airy runs along a beach near her home in Puerto Rico, to dance classes at the School of American Ballet, to her debut performance on stage with the New York City Ballet while working with ballet legend George Balanchine.
Part family history, part backstage drama, this beautifully updated graphic memoir--which features a refreshed design and a brand-new scrapbook of Siena's mementoes--is an original, firsthand look a young dancer's beginnings.
Discover the world of ballet in this simple sticker book for young children. Ballet is a perenially popular subject; the wonderful music, stunning outfits and graceful dancers combining to create a magical, fairytale world. Stylish sets and flamboyant costumes provide a dramatic background for the sticker ballerinas. With over 150 stickers to add.
There's no holiday like Valentine's Day, at least according to JoJo Siwa- candy and hearts are two of her favourite things!
When the Queen Bs at her dance studio (Brittany, Brooke, and Brie) decide to throw a party after class, JoJo and BowBow are invited. Yes! Party time!
JoJo's assembling the cutest pink, glittery tutu for BowBow when she realizes... one of her classmates has been left out.
The Queen Bs won't divide the dancers- not if JoJo and BowBow have anything to do with it!
Before the party starts, JoJo hatches a plan to bring all the girls together, and make this Valentine's Day the sweetest yet!
The first novel by bestselling international superstar Maddie Ziegler!
Twelve-year-old Harper is a star at her dance school - but when her parents drop the bombshell that they're moving, she has to start all over again at a brand-new studio.
After getting accepted into the famous DanceStarz, Harper is hopeful that she'll soon feel settled and happy in her new team. But the standards are high, and her fellow dancers aren't exactly friendly...
With competitions coming up, will Harper and the DanceStarz be able to work together to reach the top? And when disaster strikes, are they a strong enough team to handle the pressure?
The Audition, written in collaboration with Julia DeVillers, is the first in a brand-new trilogy by dancer and international superstar Maddie Ziegler.
Young dancers have fallen in love with this charming, illustrated exploration of the world's great ballets. Featuring twenty-five famous and beloved pieces such as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf and Fancy Free, these stories bring iconic performances to life and inspire readers to listen and dance along to the music that has made them enduring classics. Woven into these tales is a captivating history of ballet, filled with information and profiles of the world's greatest dancers, choreographers, and composers. Young readers will also enjoy fun facts and dancing how-tos all while listening to excerpts of classical music. Also included is a removable, fold-out poster depicting the five positions of ballet.
Follow Clara on a magical Christmas adventure in this musical retelling of The Nutcracker ballet - push the button on each beautiful scene to hear the vivid sound of an orchestra playing from Tchaikovsky's original score. It is Christmas Eve at Clara's house. Scents of ginger, chocolate and peppermint waft through the air. Clara's parents are having a party, and her little brother Fritz is decorating the Christmas tree. Clara's godfather, a toymaker, arrives with gifts, including a very special one for her - a wooden nutcracker carved in the shape of a little man. After Fritz breaks it, the children are sent to bed. The story follows Clara in her dreams as she battles and defeats a mouse king, then travels with her nutcracker-turned-prince to the Land of Sweets where she watches its enchanting inhabitants perform beautiful dances. As you and your little one journey through the magical scenes, you will press the buttons to hear 10 excerpts from the ballet's music, including 'The Waltz of the Flowers', 'The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy', 'The Russian Dance', and the awesome 'Finale'. At the back of the book, find a short biography of the composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, with details about his composition of The Nutcracker ballet. Next to this, you can replay the musical excerpts and, for each of them, read a discussion of the instruments, rhythms and musical techniques that make them so powerful. A glossary defines musical terms. The Story Orchestra series brings classical music to life for children through gorgeously illustrated retellings of classic ballet and program music stories paired with 10-second sound clips of orchestras playing from their musical scores. Manufacturer's note: please pull the white tab out of the back of the book before use. Sound buttons require a firm push in exact location to work, which may be hard for young children. All sound clips are 10 seconds long. The perfect primer to introduce children to classical music.
Does the poise, grace, and beauty of a prima ballerina take your breath away? Ever dreamt of landing that perfect pirouette? Covering everything from basic positions to the finesse of a pas de deux, this inspiring book will help your child pursue the elegant dance form of ballet. Perfect your port de bras and learn how to dance adagio and allegro. You will even find out the best way to look after your ballet shoes and ensure your make up is just right for your first night on stage. Using gorgeous photos of ballet dancers and easy-to-follow instructions, one of the world's finest ballet dancers Dame Darcey Busell will teach you various poses, jumps, and exercises, as well as advanced moves and pointework. You will also discover folk and character dancing and read about the great choreographers and composers throughout ballet's history. The Ballet Book beautifully illustrates the world of ballet with captivating notes on classical techniques, the evolution of the dance form, the world's greatest dancers, and a fascinating look on what goes on behind the scene. Budding ballet dancers, this one's for you!
Watch the dancers as they leap, spin and kick their way through this beautiful pop-up book. Inspired by the eccentric and innovative Bauhaus Triadic Ballet, this gorgeous book explores colours, shapes, patterns and movements in a visually stunning and enthralling way. With bold artwork rendered in Lesley Barnes' striking style and playful text by Gabby Dawnay, this special pop-up book will appeal to all ages. Wooden figures not included.
The extraordinary memoir of an orphan who danced her way from war-torn Sierra Leone to ballet stardom, most recently appearing in Beyonce's Lemonade and as a principal in a major American dance company.
Michaela DePrince was known as girl Number 27 at the orphanage, where she was abandoned at a young age and tormented as a "devil child" for a skin condition that makes her skin appear spotted. But it was at the orphanage that Michaela would find a picture of a beautiful ballerina en pointe that would help change the course of her life.
At the age of four, Michaela was adopted by an American family, who encouraged her love of dancing and enrolled her in classes. She went on to study at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at the American Ballet Theatre and is now the youngest principal dancer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. She has appeared in the ballet documentary First Position, as well as on Dancing with the Stars, Good Morning America, and Nightline.
In this engaging, moving, and unforgettable memoir, Michaela shares her dramatic journey from an orphan in West Africa to becoming one of ballet's most exciting rising stars.
For the many youngsters who love ballet (and love to color): 29
scenes depicting classic costumes and characters from such popular
ballets as "Swan Lake, Petrouchka, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote,
Cinderella, Coppelia, The Sleeping Beauty, " and "The Firebird."
Captions include title of ballet, story line, composer, year first
performed, and characters depicted.
With simple and evocative words, calligraphy, and home photos of the words in action, grandfather and granddaughter team Chungliang and Sylvia bring the spirit of Tai Ji to life. Written and conceived by Master Chungliang Al Huang, in collaboration with his granddaughter, Sylvie, it brings to life the five elements underpinning Chinese thought - Earth, Fire, Water, Wood, and Metal - and how they can be simply and instinctively expressed through the body. Making Tai Ji fun and simple, with the possibility of learning through repetition, the book offers a wonderful foundation for developing intuitive understanding and is a great way of keeping kids active, and improving their wellbeing and mindfulness.
A bestselling and prize-winning memoir by African-American ballerina Misty Copeland, Life in Motion is the vividly told story of her journey to the world-class American Ballet Theatre-and delves into the harrowing family conflicts that nearly drove her away from ballet as a thirteen-year-old prodigy. Determination meets dance in this New York Times bestselling memoir by the history-making ballerina Misty Copeland, recounting the story of her journey to become the first African-American principal ballerina at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. When she first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, no one expected the undersized, underprivileged, and anxious thirteen-year-old to become one of America's most groundbreaking dancers . A true prodigy, she was attempting in months roles that take most dancers years to master. But when Misty became caught between the control and comfort she found in the world of ballet and the harsh realities of her own life, she had to choose to embrace both her identity and her dreams, and find the courage to be one of a kind. With an insider's passion, Misty opens a window into the life of an artist who lives life center stage, from behind the scenes at her first classes to her triumphant roles in some of the world's most iconic ballets. A sensational memoir as "sensitive" and "clear-eyed" (The Washington Post) as her dancing, Life in Motion is a story of passion, identity and grace for anyone who has dared to dream of a different life.
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