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African Dance

Keeler, Patricia A. Drumbeat in Our Feet.
        Informative passages and lyrical verse explore the history and rhythmic qualities of
traditional African dance as performed long ago and today. Note about Harlem-based African
dance troupe Batoto Yetu, photographs, and map included.

Kroll, Virginia. Can You Dance, Dalila?
        Dalila tried to do various kinds of dances including the jig (Irish dancing), country
western, ballet, and tap, before she finally finds the kind perfect for her.

Solway, Andrew. African and Asian Dance. J784.188 So489A 2009
        A detailed look at the development of African and Asian dancing, from the huge variety
of traditional folk dances to the modern techniques used by choreographers.

Tadjo, Vergonique. Lord of the Dance: An African Retelling. J398.20899 TADJO
       Poetically retells the story of the Senufo people of Ivory Coast.

Thomassie, Tynia. Mimi’s Tutu.
        Little Mimi enjoys going to African dance class with her mother, but she longs for a tutu
for herself.

Asian Dance

Lord, Michelle. Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin.
       In the early 1900s, Little Sap, a young girl from the rice fields of Cambodia, wins a
coveted place in the royal dance troupe and learns the steps so well that she is noticed by the
famous artist Auguste Rodin, who rewards her with a special prize.

Solway, Andrew. African and Asian Dance. J784.188 So489A 2009
        A detailed look at the development of African and Asian dancing, from the huge variety
of traditional folk dances to the modern techniques used by choreographers.


Blackledge, Annabel. I Want to Be a Ballerina. J792.8 B565i 2005
       Photographs and text describe the typical day of a ballet student.
Castle, Kate. My First Ballet Book. J792.8 C2791M 2006
        Introduction for young readers to all aspects of the world of the ballet.

French, Jackie. Josephine Wants to Dance.
        Despite the discouragement of her little brother, Joey, Josephine proves that kangaroos
can, indeed, become dancers when she fills in for an injured prima ballerina.

Gladstone, Valerie. A Young Dancer: The Life of an Ailey Student. J792.80973 G455Y 2009
        13-year-old Iman Bright shows the reader what her life is like as a student of the Alvin
Ailey School in New York. In addition to ballet, Iman studies jazz, modern, and West African

Lee, Laura. A Child’s Introduction to Ballet: The Stories, Music, and Magic of Classical Dance.
J792.8 L5138C 2007. (Includes a CD)

Shulman, Lisa. Over in the Meadow at the Big Ballet.
         A nervous little swan, a demanding teacher, and others work hard to prepare for a ballet


Solway, Andrew. Country and Folk. J793.31 So489C 2009
       Country and Folk provides a detailed look at the huge variety of country and folk
dancing from all over the world, from line and square dancing, to sword and stick dancing and
storytelling within dance.

Dance – General – Fiction

Andreae, Giles. Giraffes Can’t Dance.
        Gerald the giraffe is too clumsy to dance with all the other animals at the Jungle Dance,
until he finds the right music.

Collins, Pat Lowery. I Am a Dancer.
        You don't need lessons, special shoes, or even music to be a dancer. Whenever you
bound down the stairs, throw a ball, or just romp around on the lawn, you're moving just the
way a dancer does.

Grau, Dr. Andree. Dance. J792.8 G775D 2005
       Be an eyewitness to how pounding rhythms and flowing movements can express culture
and beauty through the magic of dance.
Helldorfer, M. C. got to dance.
        A young city girl dances away the summertime blues with her grandfather.

Lowery, Linda. Twist with a Burger, Jitter with a Bug.
       Illustrations and rhyming text provide a humorous look at all kinds of dancing.

Manning, Maurie J. Kitchen Dance.
       Two sleepy children sneak out of their beds to watch as their parents, who love each other very
much, break into a dance while washing the dishes.

Murphy, Liz. A Dictionary of Dance. J792.803 M955D 2007
       Dance is not just an art, it’s a whole different language! Learn about arabesques, break dances,
choreographers, and the different zones of the body – everything that comes together to make a dance.

Schneider, Christine M. Saxophone Sam and His Snazzy Jazz Band.
        The sound of toe-tapping dance band music from the radio leads Drew and his sister throughout
their house.

Wilson, Sarah. The Day We Danced in Our Underpants.
        When Papa’s pants – worn thin from dancing on his visit to France – split as his sits down to
picnic with the king, the embarrassing moment provides both cooling and comic relief for the guests,
prompting them to take off their hot clothes and dance.


Fitzgerald, Tamsin. Hip-Hop and Urban Dance. J793.3 F5769H 2009
       Hip-Hop and Urban Dance provides a detailed look at the development of hip-hop
dance, from the early b-boy culture in New York to the urban dance companies touring the
world today.

Irish Dance
Burgard, Anna Marlis. flying feet: a story of irish dance.
        Based on a true tale, two master dancers compete for the dance to teach the people of
Ballyconneely, Ireland, how to dance.

Jazz/Lindy Hop/Swing/Jitterbug

Campbell, Bebe Moore. Stompin’ at the Savoy.
      On the night of her jazz dance recital Mindy feels too nervous to go, until a magical
drum whisks her away to the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem where she finds her “happy feet.”

Michelson, Richard. Happy Feet.
       A young boy who loves to dance listens as his father retells the story of the night he was
born, which coincided with the opening of the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem.
Roberts, Brenda C. Jazzy Miz Mozetta.
        On a beautiful evening, Miz Mozetta puts on her red dress and blue shoes and dances the
jitterbug just like she did many years before.

Modern Dance

Reich, Susanna. Jose! Born to Dance. J792.8092 L6297R 2005
        In 1908 a baby boy was born in Culiacan, Mexico, kicking like a roped steer. BAM! BAM!
BAM! His name was Jose Limon. Though he and his family fled civil war in their homeland by
escaping to the United States when Jose was just seven years old, he would never forget the
sounds and movements of his birthplace. Then Jose followed his heart to New York City. He fell
in love with the shimmering city that towered above him: marble, stone, brick, and steel. He
wanted to give a gift to the world and discovered the world of dance. There was no stopping
Jose Limon, who went on to become one of the greatest modern dancers who ever lived.

Solway, Andrew. Modern Dance. J792.8 So489M 2009
Modern Dance provides a detailed look at the development of modern dance, from the
pioneering work of Martha Graham to computer animated dance and virtual dancers of today.

Ring Dance

Siegelson, Kim L. Dancing the Ring Shout!
       It is the first year that Toby is old enough to attend the Ring Shout, a celebration when
the hard work of harvest is done, but he cannot find an object that makes a noise which will
speak from his heart to God's ears.

Shouting (Holy Dance)

Thomas, Joyce Carol. Shouting!
        Getting "happy" or "shouting" is the holy dance. Read along as the "good spirit" moves a
mother and daughter and their congregation to take part in a wondrous celebration of life,
faith, and hope.

Tap Dance

Brisson, Pat. Tap-Dance Fever.
        Annabelle Applegate will not stop tap-dancing no matter what the frustrated citizens of
Fiddler’s Creek do to make her quit.
Dillon, Leo & Diane. Rap a Tap Tap: Here’s Bojangles – Think of That!
        In illustrations and rhyme describes the dancing of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, one of the
most famous tap dancers of all time.

Gamble, Nikki. Tap and Jazz. J792.78 G1437T 2008
        Tap and Jazz provides a detailed look at the development of tap and jazz dance from its
origins in African and Irish dances to street fusion jazz and modern tap companies such as Tap

Stevenson, James. Flying Feet.
       Stan and the other animals of Mud Flat take dance lessons from some touring tap
dancers and prepare for a big show.

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