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What Makes a Good Dancer by Ms. Randall from Horn Book


What Makes A Good Book About Dance?

What can we learn about a culture by studying their traditional dance?

How have cultures influenced one another’s dance forms?


Celebrate National Dance Month

  1. The Celebration for National Dance Week April 23rd - May 3rd  was introduced to Hamlin School by Ms. Randall a professional dancer and teacher at Hamlin School.World Dance Day takes place on April 29th. Celebrated each year on the birthday of Jean George Noverre (1727-1810), as one of the founders of modern ballet, WDD was created in 1982 by the International Dance Council and UNESCO. 

Irish Dance Books

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Kathleen O'Byrne - Declan Carville; Brandan Ellis
ISBN: 9781577686712
Publication Date: 2003-01-17
Kathleen wants to be an Irish dancer so much that she practices her jigs, reels, and hornpipes all over the house. She longs to wear her embroidered Irish dress and dance before an audience. But when she isn’t chosen for the upcoming feis, an Irish step-dancing competition, Kathleen is crushed. She soon learns, however, that the dance itself is its own reward.


Dances from all over the world!

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Let's Dance! - George Ancona
ISBN: 9780688162115
Publication Date: 1998-08-01
Simple text and photographs describe various dances from all over the world.

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Dance - Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff
ISBN: 9780756697976
Publication Date: 2012-08-20
Presents a celebration of dance that traces the diverse styles of dance throughout history and evaluates the influence of choreographers and dancers on today's dance world, covering such types of dance as ballet, tap, folk, tango, polka, and hip hop.

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Eyewitness Books - Dance - Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff; Andre Grau
ISBN: 9780756610654
Publication Date: 2005-04-11
Surveys all forms of dance throughout the world, discussing its cultural and social significance, costume, history, and noted dancers and choreographers.

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Dancing with Dziadziu - Susan Campbell Bartoletti; Annika Nelson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780152006754
Publication Date: 1997-02-01
A young girl shares her ballet dancing with her dying grandmother and the grandmother shares memories of her family's immigration from Poland and of dancing with the girl's grandfather.


Physically Integrated Dance

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Dancing Wheels - Patricia McMahon; John Godt (Photographer)
ISBN: 9780395888896
Publication Date: 2000-08-28
Describes the creation, training, and performances of the dance troupe known as Dancing Wheels who incorporate the movements of dancers who dance standing up and those who are in wheelchairs


Excellent Lower School Dance Books

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The Dance Teacher - Simon Milne; Chantal Stewart (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781743313312
Publication Date: 2014-09-28
When a young girl named Isabelle peers around the door of Miss Sylvie's dance studio and says she wants to be a ballerina, she and Miss Sylvie begin a long inspirational journey.

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Dogs Don't Do Ballet - Anna Kemp; Sara Ogilvie (Illustrator)
Call Number: E/ KEM
ISBN: 141699839X
Publication Date: 2010-06-15
When the prima ballerina trips and falls during a performance of the Royal Ballet, Biff the dog gets his chance to prove that he is a ballet dancer.

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Isadora Dances - Rachel Isadora
ISBN: 0670878936
Publication Date: 1998-03-01
A brief biography of the woman whose unique style of dance was not readily accepted by audiences at the turn of the twentieth century

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Swan Lake - Rachel Isadora (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0698113705
Publication Date: 1996-03-19
A prince's love for a swan queen overcomes an evil sorcerer's spell in this fairy tale adaptation of the classic ballet

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The Jellybeans and the Big Dance - Laura Joffe Numeroff; Nate Evans; Lynn Munsinger (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780810993525
Publication Date: 2008-03-01
When four young girls meet in dance class, it takes time for them to find a way--and a reason--to pull together as one, but Emily helps them realize that, just like a bag of jellybeans, they can be different and still go well together.

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Angelina at the Palace - Katharine Holabird
ISBN: 0670060488
Publication Date: 2005-09-22
When Angelina Ballerina is recruited to help with the anniversary celebration of the the king and queen of Mouseland, she finds herself in charge of preparing the three young princesses for their performance.

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Dancing Tiger - Malachy Doyle
ISBN: 0670060208
Publication Date: 2005-05-05
This is a story that sent a little jolt of fear into me when I first started reading it. I thought that the tiger was a little bit scary and creepy. However by the end I had a genuine “awww” moment. Really very hart warming story of how short life is, but how at the same time it never ends.


Alvin Ailey Dance Company


African American Dance Books

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Mimi's Tutu - Tynia Thomassie; Jan Spivey Gilchrist (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0590440209
Publication Date: 1996-02-01
Little Mimi enjoys going to African dance class with her mother, but she longs for a tutu for herself

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Ragtime Tumpie - Alan Schroeder; Bernie Fuchs (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0316774979
Publication Date: 1989-10-01
Tumpie, a young black girl who will later become famous as the dancer Josephine Baker, longs to find the opportunity to dance amid the poverty and vivacious street life of St. Louis in the early 1900s

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Josephine - Patricia Hruby Powell; Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452103143
Publication Date: 2014-01-14
In exuberant verse and stirring pictures, Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson create an extraordinary portrait of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world. Meticulously researched by both author and artist, Josephine's powerful story of struggle and triumph is an inspiration and a spectacle, just like the legend herself"--From the publisher's web site

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Jazz Age Josephine - Jonah Winter; Marjorie Priceman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416961239
Publication Date: 2012-01-03
A tribute to the life of the iconic jazz entertainer depicts her disadvantaged youth in a segregated America, her unique performance talents, and the irrepressible sense of style that helped her overcome racial barriers.

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Rap a Tap Tap - Leo Dillon (Illustrator); Diane Dillon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0590478834
Publication Date: 2002-09-01
In illus. and rhyme describes the dancing of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, one of the most famous tap dancers of all time.

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Brothers of the Knight - Debbie Allen; Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780142300169
Publication Date: 2001-12-31
In this contemporary retelling of the fairy tale "Twelve Dancing Princesses," an African-American reverend in Harlem endeavors to discover why the shoes of his twelve sons are worn to pieces every morning.


African Dance

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African and Asian Dance
ISBN: 9780431933139
Provides an introduction to African and Asian dance, discussing drumbeats, music, styles, techniques, masks, costumes, and other related topics.


Ballet Dance

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A Dance Like Starlight - Kristy Dempsey; Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399252846
Publication Date: 2014-01-02
A young girl growing up in Harlem in the 1950s, whose mother cleans and stitches costumes for a ballet company, dreams of becoming a prima ballerina one day, and is thrilled to see a performance of Janet Collins, the first "colored" prima ballerina.

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Firebird - Misty Copeland; Christopher Myers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399166150
Publication Date: 2014-09-04
American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, by telling her that she, too, had to learn basic steps and how to be graceful when she was starting out, and that some day, with practice and dedication, the little girl will become a firebird, too. Includes author's note about dancers who led her to find her voice.

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Beautiful Ballerina - Marilyn Nelson; Susan Kuklin (Photographer)
ISBN: 0545089204
Publication Date: 2009-09-01
Poetry and illustrations celebrate the beauty and grace of young African-American ballerinas.

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Ballerina Dreams - Lauren Thompson; James Estrin (Photographer); Joanne Ferrara
ISBN: 9780312370299
Publication Date: 2007-10-02
Meet Abbey, Monica, Nicole, Shekina, and Veronica, five little girls who only dreamed of wearing tutus and dancing onstage until their physical therapist began teaching a ballet class tailored to their needs. Each of these girls has cerebral palsy or a similar disability that makes controlling her muscles a challenge, but they all work hard and -- with some help -- perform their first dance recital beautifully. -

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Alicia Alonso - Carmen T. Bernier-Grand; Raúl Colón
ISBN: 9780761455622
Publication Date: 2011-09-01
This free-verse picture-book biography follows one of 20th- century ballet's most gifted and steeliest ballerinas, tracing her climb to the rank of prima ballerina assoluta and her battle to continue dancing as she loses her sight

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On Your Toes - Rachel Isadora (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060502386
Publication Date: 2003-04-15
Each letter of the alphabet is represented by an illustration of a ballet-related word.

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Dumpy la Rue - Elizabeth Winthrop
ISBN: 1417742364
Publication Date: 2004-05-01
A rhyming story about a pig whose passion for dancing becomes contagious.

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Tallulah's Tutu - Marilyn Singer; Alexandra Boiger (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780547173535
Publication Date: 2011-03-21
Tallulah takes ballet lessons and eagerly awaits her coveted tutu, which, she learns, she must work hard to earn.

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Belinda, the Ballerina - Amy Young
ISBN: 0670035491
Publication Date: 2003-03-10
When Belinda auditions for the Spring Ballet Recital and the judges tell her she can not be a ballerina because her feet are too big, she tries to forget about dancing

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A Young Dancer - Valerie Gladstone; Jose Ivey (Photographer)
ISBN: 9780805082333
Publication Date: 2009-03-31
In descriptive words and striking photographs, this informative picture book provides fascinating insight into the world of dance through the voice of one very talented young performer

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Giraffes Can't Dance - Giles Andreae; Guy Parker-Rees (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545392556
Publication Date: 2012-03-01
Giraffes Can't Dance is a touching tale of Gerald the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance. With crooked knees and thin legs, it's harder for a giraffe than you would think. Gerald is finally able to dance to his own tune when he gets some encouraging words from an unlikely friend.

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Giraffes Can't Dance - Giles Andreae; Guy Parker-Rees (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545392556
Publication Date: 2012-03-01
Giraffes Can't Dance is a touching tale of Gerald the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance. With crooked knees and thin legs, it's harder for a giraffe than you would think. Gerald is finally able to dance to his own tune when he gets some encouraging words from an unlikely friend.


Greek Dance


Irish Dance


More Lower School Dance Books

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Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet - Jane O'Connor; Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator); Carolyn Bracken (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061703812
Publication Date: 2012-02-07
Nancy makes the best of not dancing the lead in her ballet school's Deep Sea Dances show, but becomes jealous when her best friend gets a better role than hers.

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Lili at Ballet - Rachel Isadora (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0399224238
Publication Date: 1993-03-24
Lili dreams of becoming a ballerina and goes to her ballet lessons four afternoons a week

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The Twelve Dancing Princesses - Rachel Isadora (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399247446
Publication Date: 2007-09-20
A retelling, set in Africa, of the story of twelve princesses who dance secretly all night long and how their secret is eventually discovered

Firebird - Rachel Isadora (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0399225102
Publication Date: 1994-10-19
A simple retelling of the Russian tale in which Prince Ivan encounters the magical Firebird who helps him defeat the evil Kotschei and rescue a princess

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Lili at Ballet - Rachel Isadora (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0399224238
Publication Date: 1993-03-24
Lili dreams of becoming a ballerina and goes to her ballet lessons four afternoons a week

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Dancing Larry - Daniel M. Pinkwater; Jill Pinkwater (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780761452201
Publication Date: 2006-03-01
Larry the polar bear follows in the footsteps of little Mildred Frobisher's ballet class to overcome strict Madame Swoboda's admonition that "bears have no place in ballet."

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Wiggle - Doreen Cronin; Scott Menchin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780689863752
Publication Date: 2005-06-01
Rhyming text describes the many ways to wiggle.

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Ella, of Course! - Sarah Weeks; Doug Cushman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0152049436
Publication Date: 2007-04-01
When Ella is banned from bringing her umbrella to the dance recital, she comes up with an ingenious solution to the problem.

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Dancing in the Wings - Debbie Allen; Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0803725019
Publication Date: 2000-09-01
Sassy tries out for a summer dance festival in Washington, D.C., despite the other girls' taunts that she is much too tall.

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Swine Lake - James Marshall; Maurice Sendak (Illustrator); Marshall
ISBN: 0062051717
Publication Date: 1999-04-21
A hungry wolf attends a performance of Swine Lake, performed by the Boarshoi Ballet, intending to eat the performers, but he is so entranced by the story unfolding on the stage that he forgets about his meal.

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Barn Dance! - Bill Martin; John Archambault; Ted Rand (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0805000895
Publication Date: 1986-11-15
Unable to sleep on the night of a full moon, a young boy follows the sound of music across the fields and finds an unusual barn dance in progress.


Latin Dance


Cuban Mambo Dance


Latin Dancing

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Under the Mambo Moon - Julia Durango; Fabricio VandenBroeck (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781570917233
Publication Date: 2011-07-01
Marisol celebrates the different people who come to sing, dance, and make music at her father's music store, including Samuel who plays samba music, Mr. and Mrs. Mayer who dance the tango, and Professor Soto who plays the zampona.

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Olé Flamenco! - George Ancona (Photographer)
ISBN: 9781600603617
Publication Date: 2010-11-01
Ancona turns his attention to flamenco in a photo essay about its history, technique, traditions, and performance. He features young students and performers of Flamenco's Next Generation, a Santa Fe group, and records their rehearsal solos and studio training. A discussion of Gypsy origins of the dance and its European development in southern Spain is included. Flamenco is presented as a changing, "living" art, incorporating the rhythms and styles of other cultures.

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Lola's Fandango - Anna Witte; Micha Archer (Illustrator); The Amador Family (Narrated by)
ISBN: 9781846866814
Publication Date: 2011-09-01
After learning how to dance a style of flamenco known as the fandango, Lola plans a surprise for her mother's birthday.


Classical Indian Dance


Indian Dance Books

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Shiva's Fire - Suzanne Fisher Staples
ISBN: 9780064409797
Publication Date: 2001-11-01
In India, a talented dancer sacrifices friends and family for her art.

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A Time to Dance - Padma Venkatraman
ISBN: 9780147514400
Publication Date: 2015-05-12
In India, a girl who excels at Bharatanatyam dance refuses to give up after losing a leg in an accident.


Modern Dance

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Modern Dance - Andrew Solway
ISBN: 9781432913762
Publication Date: 2008-07-01
Describes the origins and development of the art form that began in the early twentieth century under the name "modern dance" and discusses choreography, music and other sounds for dancing, sets, costumes, lighting, and modern dance training.

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Dance! - Susan Kuklin (Photographer); Bill T. Jones
ISBN: 9780786823079
Publication Date: 1998-09-15
Kindergarten-Grade 4-The renowned performer and choreographer shares his deep love for dance and movement in this poignant photo-essay. The text is brief and to the point. "I am a dancer. I want to dance." Colorful close-ups of his hands and feet contrast with full-body shots, all set against a stark, white background. Jones's simple attire accentuates his remarkable agility and grace. He warms up, creates images of lines and curves, flies high, hugs the ground, and reflects upon his characterization and immense joy in performing. The placement and sequencing of his poses work exceptionally well to convey the excitement and many moods of dance. Use for picture-book hours, programs introducing dance, and any opportunity to share a beautiful book with children.

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Ballet for Martha - Jan Greenberg; Sandra Jordan; Brian Floca (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596433380
Publication Date: 2010-08-03
Tells the story behind the creation of "Appalachian Spring," describing Aaron Copland's composition, Martha Graham's intense choreography and Isamu Noguchi's set design

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Modern Dance - Wendy Garofoli; Michele Rusinko (Consultant Editor)
ISBN: 9781429613538
Publication Date: 2008-01-01
Describes modern dance, including history and basic steps

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Jose! Born to Dance - Susanna Reich; Raúl Colón (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780689865763
Publication Date: 2005-08-01
Profiles the Mexican choreographer who escaped from his homeland's revolution by fleeing to the United States as a child, and discusses his development as a dancer.


African Dance


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