Reading is a great way to encourage learning in the world of dance. Particularly with very young dancers, we want to know that our students are performing well in school as well as on the stage. But how? Here’s a fun idea! Read a dance themed book!
These 5 dance themed books are geared toward children between the ages of 2-8:
Beautiful, Magical, Amazing BALLET (A Mia Book) by Mary Lee
Ages 2-6. Mia is excited for her first day of ballet! She learns how to be part of a team and that being perfect isn’t what is most important.
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
Ages 2-4. Gerald the giraffe wants to dance. But dancing like everyone else is hard for a giraffe! Gerald learns to find his music and style in this adorable book about self-esteem and how it’s okay to be different.
A Dance of Friendship (Angelina Ballerina) by Katharine Holabird
Ages 3-6. When Angelina’s new friend joins ballet class, she gets all the attention! Angelina learns about jealousy and how to say she’s sorry to keep her friendship and her ballet class strong.
Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen
Ages 4-8. Sassy is a bit out of place in her class. But she wants to be recognized for her skills when a famous director comes to visit. Sassy learns about persistence, self-esteem and self-control.
Tap-Dance Fever by Pat Brisson
Ages 5-7. Annabelle is a born dancer. She just can’t stop herself from tapping everywhere she goes! When a misunderstanding gets her into a bit of trouble, everyone asks her to stop. But when the truth comes out, she’s free to let her talent shine again.