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Olivia Dances For Joy (Children’s Book)

Item# 9781442452572

Olivia Dances For Joy
Adapted by Natalie Shaw
Illustrated by Patrick Spaziante

Olivia's confidence inspires girls everywhere to think boldly and dream BIG, and she takes the joy of dancing to new heights in this beautiful hardcover picture book from the Ian Falconer series. Olivia is so excited to enter the annual Maywood Dance Contest with her dance team, and it’s up to her to convince her team that dancing perfectly alike is perfectly okay…but dancing for joy is something really special.


  • For Ages: 3 - 6
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight (October 2, 2012)
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 10.1 x 0.6 inches


In classic or contemporary ballet, dancing may tell a story, express a mood, or simply reflect the music in movement. Ballet as part of staged performances originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th and 16th centuries and from there spread to France. The creation of classical ballet as we know it today occurred during the reign of the art-loving French king Louis XIV in the mid-17th century. During the Romantic era, ballet technique evolved to express new ideas, most notably with women dancing en point, or on their toes, allowing them to appear weightless and otherworldly.
Among the choreographers who helped bring ballet into the modern age by exploring new visual and dramatic styles are George Balanchine, Antony Tudor and—bridging the worlds of classical dance and Broadway—Agnes de Mille and Jerome Robbins.



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