A delightful story about a young child's first encounter with the world of dance. These progressive chapters delight as well as instruct parents and children on what to expect when enrolling in a dance studio. They are written for ages three through seven.
This short story relates the experiences of four year old Rachael in her first year of dance, from viewing her cousin’s recital, up to her own first recital. (This photo is of Rachael at age nine!)
Extremely informative for new students and their parents, as well as offering creative ideas for you, the teacher. Take five minutes to read a chapter in class. Students will love hearing about the adventures they are experiencing or to read at home for themselves. Their parents will want to order the book for a holiday, birthday or other special occasion gift.
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Chapter 1 - Rachael Goes to a Dance Recital
Rachael’s mother had exciting news to share. "Rachael, your cousin Laura is going to be in a dance recital. Would you like to go and watch her?” she asked.
"Will I have to dance too?” Rachael wondered.
"No, we’re just going to see Laura this time." replied her mother
Rachael, who was four years old, wasn’t sure what a recital was, but agreed to watch her cousin dance.
On recital day, Rachael and her mother drove to the auditorium. It seemed so large with lots of seats and many, many people. She was very surprised to see her Nana and Grandpa!
"Where’s Laura and Aunt Sally?” asked Rachael.
"They’re back stage getting ready,” Nana replied
"Oh, where is backstage? Can I go there too?” asked Rachael.
"See that place down in front with the curtain across it?” asked Laura’s brother Tommy. “That's called a stage and when they open the curtain you'll see the kids do the dances they learned.”
“Behind the stage, he continued, are the dressing rooms where they put on or change their costumes. Only dancers and helping parents can go there now.”
“After the performance we’ll go backstage to give Laura the flowers we bought for her. You can see what it’s like then.” said Rachael’s mother.
Suddenly, the auditorium lights dimmed and Laura’s dance teacher, Miss Clara, walked out on stage. She thanked everyone for coming and reminded the audience not to use flash cameras as they might startle a dancer and cause them to fall. She went on to say the show would be about an hour long with an intermission half-way through.
“So with no further ado,” she announced, “lets watch these wonderful children dance!”
Rachael’s eyes grew large as the first group entered, dressed in the most beautiful costumes she had ever seen. The children formed into rows and waited for the music to begin. They all seemed to know exactly what to do and looked very happy with big smiles on their faces.
“But I don’t see Laura!” cried Rachael.
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