Lovely Picture Book Tribute to the “Madeline” Books: Miss Lina’s Ballerinas

Two Gems for Dancing, Book-Loving Families Miss Lina’s Ballerinas and Miss Lina’s Ballerinas and the Prince Pay Homage to Ludwig Bemelman’s Madeline Books Even casual acquaintances of the beloved Madeline series may remember well the famous opening rhyme: In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines Lived twelve little girls in two … Continue reading

An Ode to Dancing Moms

A Photographic Celebration of Ballerina Moms… Just in Time for Mother’s Day!  Do you know a dancing or dance-loving mom? Take note! A moving collection of behind-the-scenes black-and-white photos of ballerina moms and their babies has recently been published–and it is gorgeous. The Collection, Balancing Acts: Three Prima Ballerinas Becoming Mothers, is the culmination of … Continue reading

Again From the Top! – Tips for Rehearsing Young Dancers for Body Memory

Seasoned Dancers and Teachers Know: The Body Has to Remember the Steps without the Mind’s Constant Input Before the Real Performance Can Begin An excerpt of NYC Ballet Principal Jennifer Ringer’s recent memoir is making the internet rounds. In it, Ringer describes the repetition a professional ballet dancer must go through to anchor all the … Continue reading

Philadelphia Chickens: The Imaginary Children’s Broadway Musical Revue that I Could Play on Repeat

A torch song to chocolate chip cookies. A diva’s belting song about the pleasure of being contrary. A jazzy pajama time dance party. There is a lot to love about Philadelphia Chickens: A Too-Illogical Zoological Musical Revue from Sandra Boynton and Micheal Ford!!! From Amazon.com: Grammy nominee. #1 New York Times bestseller. And, with 960,000 … Continue reading

Misty Copeland’s Picture Book

Misty Copeland is Keeping Her Name (and classical ballet) Hot with the Upcoming Publication of Her Children’s Book: Firebird Misty Copeland became a household name with her recent commercial for Under Armour….check out the end of this post if you haven’t seen the ad yet…and it looks like this ballerina’s fame is only expanding. I … Continue reading

Rhythm & Isolations with the Picture Book: Cha-Cha Chimps

I fell for Cha-Cha Chimps the first time I read it to my son. This raucous little rhyming countdown book by Julia Durango (illustrated by Eleanor Taylor) is made for little movers. (Recommended for preschool through lower grade classes…ages 2-9.)   Like the Bojangles book Rap A Tap Tap (which I blog about here), Cha-Cha … Continue reading

5 Modern Dance Books

5 beautiful books to introduce dancers to modern dance, dance history and famous dance artists. Enjoy! The Human Alphabet ~Pilobolus  “An alphabet made of… PEOPLE!” ~ A fun book for dancers young and old. Pilobolus dancers use their bodies and colorful costumes to make all the letters of the alphabet and a picture for each … Continue reading

How I Introduce The Nutcracker – Jeffers’ Book

Late summer might seem an odd time to be posting about The Nutcracker, unless of course you are a dancer or dance teacher and you have already been making early preparations for the holiday show for months now.  The Nutcracker is the most famous and accessible of the full-length ballets. The studio where I teach presents … Continue reading

Goodbye Gabrielle Roth, Hello Motherhood

My posting to Unreasonable Joy took a 4-month hiatus…a hiatus better termed Maternity Leave! The last months since October have been filled with getting to know the incredible being that is my new son, and first child. Now it’s February and I’ve been back to teaching dance for 1.5 months, and I am now back … Continue reading

Dancing Holidays: HALLOWEEN

Halloween is a holiday that nearly all of my dancers get excited about! It is (almost) universally  inclusive, and I find that the same children who are attracted to dance class are attracted to Halloween for the make-believe & the crazy costumes. Below are my picks for bringing Halloween into the dance classroom…or dance into … Continue reading

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