Monday, July 20, 2009

Summer Reading Week 4: Dance

It's hard to believe we are into our fourth week of summer reading...time really flies by! This week it's all about Dance! Do you like to dance? Much like the other arts, there's a lot to cover with dance so this post will only be a sampling of some of the great dance books the library has for kids. If you don't see what you're looking for in this post, come in to the library and browse our dance collection, primarily located in j792.8.

Also, don't forget to sign up for Kids Dance Dance Revolution happening on Saturday, August 1st!

A Dictionary of Dance by Liz Murphy (j792.8 Mur)

"Dance is not just an art, it's a whole different language! In A Dictionary of Dance, readers will learn about arabesques, break dancing, choreographers, and the zones of the body, everything that comes together to make a dance, whether it's ballet or the polka."

Footwork: The Story of Fred and Adele Astaire by Roxanne Orgill (j792.802 Org)

The behind the scenes story of famous dancer Fred Astaire, his older sister Adele and their rise to fame on Broadway.

To Dance: A Ballerina's Graphic Novel by Siena Cherson Siegel (j741.509 Sie)

"The author describes how she first decided she wanted to be a ballerina at the age of six, and how that dream carried her from her home in Puerto Rico to dance class in Boston to performing with the New York City Ballet." A fascinating memoir in graphic novel format.

Savion!: My Life in Tap by Savion Glover (j920 Glover)

An autobiography of tap dancing legend Savion Glover who choreographed the Tony Award-winning Broadway show "Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk."

Street Jazz: and Modern Dance by Rita Storey (j792.8 Sto)

From the Get Dancing series, Street Jazz contains information on Breakdancing, Hip-Hop dancing and Tap dancing, just to name a few.

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield (j Streatfield)

"The story of three British orphans, Pauline, Petrova, and Posie start life off as carefree children, but when their adopted Great Uncle Max (a.k.a. Gum) disappears on a fossil hunting expedition, the young girls find themselves becoming the breadwinners of the family. As stage performers they are able to give back to the only family they have ever known, and have their own adventures while they're at it." (SLJ review) A classic from 1965 that's well worth reading.

For a few dance websites, check out our summer reading webpages!

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