The books, designed by an award-winning dance teacher, are ready for the imagination stage. Ballerina Konora joins each page with optional movement and dance ideas, along with how-to photographs of poses, moves, and ballet positions.
The Dance-It-Out movement journeys are ideal for dance, pre-ballet, creative movement, preschool, daycare, early learning, physical education, homeschool, kindergarten, or first-grade activities. 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).
The full collection (16 books by Spring 2022) features male, female, and nonbinary diverse characters. Books make a great gift for boys or girls aged 4-7 interested in dance, ballet, gymnastics, or yoga, or reluctant readers who enjoy getting up and moving.
Major themes include friendship, the value of practice, empathy, helping each other, meeting new people, making new friends, self-acceptance, sibling relationships, anger management, bystanders, and working toward a goal.
The books can be used as a supplement for school, dance, or theater classes or camps. Book themes include going to the zoo, making new friends, meditation, rainy days, storytelling, imagination, cats, space travel, the moon, apple picking, unicorns, horses, dragons, kangaroos, frogs, castles, squirrels, princesses, fairies, fantasy, etc.
This whimsical tale of discovery is so full of joy and wonder. It also opens a door to dance in the most charming and accessible way.
—Peter Boal, Pacific Northwest Ballet's Artistic Director
An innovative use of dance and storytelling for a fun, child-focused activity.
Children can learn in a fun and healthy way while enjoying valuable bonding time with their parents...
Cheerful and heartwarming, this movement adventure will inspire creative expression through imagination.
—Mary Lanni, Librarian
Two books for the price of one! A sweet story AND a book designed to encourage dance and stretching.
—The Wishing Shelf
Nowadays, it is quite difficult to be original, but this story achieves it. … I would have loved to have had books like this when I was a child, to be taught to do the same things the main character did! It's a way to get closer and feel like you are part of the story.
...whimsical storytelling and interactive play to fully engage the reader. Using clever prompts and clear visual representation ... while teaching attention to detail as they develop and refine the brain/body connection.
—Garrett Anderson, Ballet Idaho Artistic Director/Father of Three Lively Boys
Another wonderful journey into the imagination with Ballerina Konora, perfect for young dancers everywhere!
In effect ... a bilingual presentation presented in two languages: that of a traditional story, and its counterpart in movement and exercise.
—D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
Each Dance-It-Out! book is an independent story ready for the imagination stage. Every book has its own unique feel: different sets, costumes, and choreography—just like a new dance performance. Check out each book's page for more info. (suggested order)
• Eka and the Elephant is a tale of a new garden, a crazy dream, and finding a real elephant friend for Eka (nonbinary). Collaboration with author Leah Irby.
• Sadoni Squirrel: Superhero tells the story of how one little critter with superpowers found her sidekick.
• Brielle’s Birthday Ball is a beautiful was-it-all-just-a-dream adventure packed with movement concepts and subtle life lessons. (three generations' collaboration: original story by Grandma)
• Dayana, Dax, and the Dancing Dragon features sibling love and dragon (nonbinary) encounters.
• Duplicate Story: Danny, Denny, and the Dancing Dragon
• Mira Monkey’s Magic Mirror Adventure is Book One of a trilogy of fairy mischief. Mira enjoys the carnival until crazy things happen. Fairies delight and add a secondary movement challenge.
• Belluna's Big Adventure in the Sky is a quirky celebration of individuality. When Belluna gets swept up by a storm, will she ever make it home again?
• Freya, Fynn, and the Fantastic Flute features friendly ghosts, bats, and zombies. Will Fynn and Freya manage to tame the creatures? (collaboration with author/choreographer Marjorie Thompson)
• Princess Naomi Helps a Unicorn includes sibling squabbles, a horse, a snake, and joyful reunions. Gallops, leaps, and muscle activation are just a few of the movement themes.
• Petunia Perks Up is a relaxing story of meditation and gentle movement. Petunia lets elements of her day spark her imagination, and she finds a peaceful calm. (Movements are simple, but readers may better-engage with an active story as series introduction.)
• Joey Finds His Jump! is a story of friendship and jumping jubilance.
• The Cat with the Crooked Tail highlights the value of practice, friendship, and a good attitude. Merida Brown, the feline heroine, thinks her tail hinders her abilities. With help from a friend, she proves herself wrong. (Kids might ask for props or want to set up an obstacle course.)
• Danika’s Dancing Day focuses on ballet. Danika creates a performance out of chores, playing outside, and even her dreams. Ballet words are mentioned often; non-dancers may want to start with a different story and build up to this one.
• Andi's Valentine Tree is a story of a special tree that offers solace for Andi (nonbinary), a dancer and victim of unkindness.
• Daryl and the Dancing Dolls follows Daryl as her ordinary life takes an unexpected turn. A book based on our ballet heroes and heroines.
• Mira and Marvin's Magic Mirror Mischief (Mira Book 2) recounts how the friends' playdate to experiment with the magic mirror doesn't go quite as planned.
• Mira Monkey and the Fairy’s Ballerina Shoes (Mira Book 3) chronicles what happens when the fairies take their magic mirror back from Mira, but they give her something even better.
• The Grumpy Goat What happens when Alex (nonbinary) invites a goat to help with lawn care.
Check out our audio versions too.
*Previous dates shifted due to artist/author sickness including COVID-19.
Additional movement/technique lists can be found on Amazon.com book descriptions or by clicking link below.