Danika’s Dancing Day
by Once Upon a Dance
Chapter book, 38 pages.
Once Upon a Dance donates all proceeds to charity.
Two Ballerinas dance on the pages of this charming story of ballet passion.
“Overflowing with enthusiasm for ballet, this book is a celebration of all those who live with dance in their souls. Effervescent images of both Danika and Ballerina Konora will inspire children to mirror their movements both while reading the story and after it ends”. (—Mary Lanni, Librarian Reviewer)
Danika loves ballet. She translates each ordinary aspect of her life into a remarkable dance performance. Ballerina Konora (a professional ballerina) joins the fun with how-to instructions and photos for kids who want to dance along with Danika, Penelope the cat, and their animal friends.
Part of the Dance-It-Out! collection of Creative Movement Stories. While each book is an independent story, Danika’s Dancing Day builds on concepts introduced in earlier stories, and it’s ideal for dance students or kids 5+. The series is a bit above typical language level as the stories are often enjoyed with a caregiver or teacher.
Movement, technique, and dance concepts in this story include:
• First Position
• First, Second, Fifth Position Arms
• Skip (Sauté Passé)
• Sur le Cou-de-pied
• Pas de Chat
• Port de bras
• Grand Jeté
• Waltz (1/2)
Dance-It-Out! books work great for studio classes or camps. Danika’s Dancing Day would pair well with themes such as Cats, Squirrels, Rabbits, Imagination, Dancing, Ballet, and Pretend Play.
With kind characters, subtle life lessons, and a positive role model in Ballerina Konora, teachers love the kid-approved, ready-made, easy additions to curriculum and lesson planning. Children at home adore the stories that “young readers will return to again and again” (—Reedsy).
About the authors
Once Upon a Dance offers movement, breath, joy, connection, and imagination through stories.
Their catalog of 25 interactive dance books highlights positive messages and role models throughout four main series:
Dance-It-Out! stories combine whimsical tales with movement and subtle life lessons (spans ages 4-9)
Dancing Shapes peeks at a professional ballerina’s journey, teaches ballet, and explores detail and form (spans ages 6-11)
Ballet Inspiration and Choreography Concepts deep dives into technique, tips, and insight for aspiring dancers (ages 8-12)
Prop-Based Dance Stories for Classroom and Anytime Fun debuts in 2023 to encourage scarf and parachute play.
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