catch up with Ballerina Konora’s crazy journey
designed for kids ages 8-11 who enjoyed the previous books or are experienced movers
"Must Read. A heartfelt and detailed non-fiction story that teaches ballet movements while reminding readers to be kind in a subjective world." ~Reedsy
Konora leads readers through a warm up and attitudes and arabesques
There are no check-boxes in dance, and everyone has different opinions.
review concepts such as flexed or pointed, bent or straight, turned out and parallel, and strengthen brain-to-foot connections
Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, The Dancewear Center in Kirkland, and most online bookstores including Brick & Mortar (Redmond) and Island Books (Mercer Island).
Must Read: A heartfelt and detailed non-fiction story that teaches ballet movements while reminding readers to be kind in a subjective world.
The life of a dancer is rarely predictable, and because dance is a subjective art form, it can be difficult for any dancer to face competition or criticism. Ballerina Konora is back in the newest addition to the Dancing Shapes series. Here, she gets personal with readers and explains some of the dimmer moments of her dancing career. As she anxiously awaits an update on where she will be performing next, Konora introduces readers to more complicated dancing shapes than in the other installments. As readers become ready for more of a challenge, this book provides one, along with the reminder that everyone sees something different when they observe art.
Like the others in the Dancing Shapes series, this book begins with a narrative before transitioning into the movement portion. This book gets more personal with readers than the other stories as it highlights moments of disappointment and how Konora has overcome them throughout her dancing career. Competitive and performing dancers of all types will recognize the emotions mentioned in this book and will find a kindred spirit in Konora.
Dynamic photographs of Konora in action are the visual feature of this book, like in the previous books. In addition to back-lit, black-and-white images are ones of Konora against surprising and compelling backdrops. Each picture gives readers a sense that dance and movement are intrinsic elements of life everywhere.
The instructional section of this book focuses on attitude and arabesque. These movements are described in great detail, giving readers the tools they need to execute each one accurately. Readers who appreciate getting into the important, nuanced pieces of ballet shapes will relish the approach to teaching these two movements.
At the end of the book, readers are left with a teaser to learn where Konora will be performing next along with a reminder to be kind—both to one another and to themselves. Once Upon a Dance reiterates the message that dancing truly is for everybody, and this book makes that fact especially obvious. Dancers with an interest in leveling up their dancing ability will love adding this book to their libraries and practicing the skills it teaches.
~Mary Lanni on Reedsy