Title: Boys Dancing: From School Gym to Theater Stage
Author: George Ancona
Recommended for: kids in grades K and up, especially active athletic boys who like to run, jump, spin and leap
Pages: Unpaged (approximately 46 pages)
Call Number/Link: E 793.3 ANC
“Follow four energetic boys as they train for and take the stage in a community dance performance celebrating classic kids’ books”–Provided by publisher.
With the exception of break dancers, there’s not a lot of support out there for boys who dance. This book shows that average, everyday boys who like to run, jump, yell, climb and throw balls to each other at recess can also like to dance. They warm up for dance class by running through the halls of their dance school and do pull-ups to strengthen their arms. They are going to perform a dance number based on Treasure Island so learn how to fake fistfights. Older boys in their school learn how to fight with swords.
As part of a collaboration between the National Dance Institute of New Mexico and several schools in their town, students are taught movement (i.e. leaping, running, spinning, jumping and showing emotions like joy or anger) set to music. These movement classes teach students to dance – and prepare them for performances in May. The final May performance has more than twenty dances and all of the 500 students are in the grand finale.
The book shows that dance can be fun, athletic, active and very boy (and girl and firefighter) friendly.