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Dancing Shapes

Written by Once Upon a Dance

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Activity and Puzzle books Drama / Performing Arts

'Dancing Shapes-Ballet and Body Awareness for Young Dancers' was created by Once Upon a Dance, a group formed during the Covid-19 lockdown by Konora and her mother to encourage youngsters stuck at home to join ballerina Konora on a journey of movement and dance for exercise and meditation. All profits from the sale of this book help support beleaguered ballet companies hit by the pandemic.

The book is divided into four parts. The first is about Konora, her early interest in ballet through to her present status as a Professional Division student in the Pacific Northwest Ballet Company and is accompanied by many wonderfully colourful action photos. The ballerina reveals here that lockdown has freed her imagination, allowing her to appreciate that dance can take place anywhere and everywhere, not just in a formal performance space but that warming up is vitally important wherever you choose to dance.

We are next taken through the five basic ballet positions in the second section, then in the third, entitled 'Thinking about Details', the reader is encouraged to think about what each part of the body is doing from the head to the toes, whilst copying the many shapes shown in silhouette in the following pages. Konora encourages the use of mirrors or a camera so the shapes can be compared to those in the book because 'self-observation and feedback are valuable parts of practice'.

The final part,'Saying Thanks', is not only about the obvious thanks due to all those who support those involved in the arts but also the importance of thanking our bodies, through diet, sleep and safe choices, if we expect it to work hard for us...and believe me, ballet dancing is very hard work!

I enjoyed this book very much, having had a lifelong interest in dance. I found it informative, practical and inspiring. Hopefully it will help to keep the spark alive in all our future performers until the world returns to some kind of normality.

Drena Irish, A LoveReading Ambassador 

LoveReading4Kids Ambassador

Dancing Shapes Synopsis

Share a little movement, creativity, gratitude, persistence, joy, and wisdom.

Created by an award-winning dance teacher and her ballerina daughter, both immersed in the ballet world until coronavirus. 

Dancing Shapes provides an inside gorgeous glimpse into one ballerina’s journey. Konora, whose career has been sidelined by COVID-19, leads readers through warm-up steps, a basic ballet technique lesson, and an exploration of movement and form. Spectacular photos and a conversational style enrich the series’ appeal.

If you are looking for something to engage your favorite youngster, you’ve found it. This first of seven books will delight, whether mini-paperback, ebook or 11x8.5 hardcover.

While designed for children ages 6-8 to explore the details of the shapes Konora creates, preschoolers and kindergarteners will enjoy trying the poses and seeing Konora in action. Older children will observe and consider dance elements.

With more than fifty poses to contemplate or re-create, young movers:

     • learn basic ballet technique and vocabulary

     • develop an eye for detail                  

     • explore movement concepts

     • increase body awareness                

     • strengthen spatial perception and balance

     • celebrate gratitude, the value of practice and making healthy choices

Ballet photography in nature, creative fantasy, and an array of movements and positions enhances this debut to inspire young dancers.

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ISBN: 9781735984407
Publication date: 29/11/2020
Publisher: Once Upon A Dance
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781735984407
Publication date: 29th November 2020
Author: Once Upon a Dance
Publisher: Once Upon A Dance
Format: Paperback
Suitable for: Indie Author Books
Genres: Puzzles / Activities, Drama / Performing Arts

About Once Upon a Dance

Brought to you by a mother-daughter team. Konora (we wanted to make something beautiful from coronavirus) climbed the pre-professional ballet ladder up to Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Professional Division. Along the way, she danced iconic roles such as Sugar Plum Fairy and Cinderella. She’s now a full-scholarship trainee at Ballet Idaho. Konora’s mother taught creative movement and ballet for decades and was honored to be chosen and recognized by her local City Council for embodying the spirit of partnership and commitment to children in our community for her work with young dancers. She’s ...

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