Olivia the Ballerina (Children’s Book)

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Olivia the Ballerina (Children’s Book)
By Farrah McDoogle (Author) and Patrick Spaziante (Illustrator)

In this adventure, Olivia is all about ballet, as she follows the example of her role model ballerina Penelope Twinkletoes and “eats, drinks, and sleeps ballet.” But can Olivia find the right balance as she takes the joy of dancing to new heights?

  • Age Range: 3 – 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 1
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight (September 3, 2013)
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 10 x .7 inches

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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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