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Dance Divas: Showtime!
     

Dance Divas: Showtime!

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by Sheryl Berk
 

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Curtains up on the world of the Dance Divas, a team of 8-12 year-old girls who live to dance! Enter stage left: Scarlett, Rochelle, Liberty, Bria, and Gracie. They all dance together at the same studio, run by their choreographer (and former ballerina) Antoinette "ToniÂ?? Moore. Toni is known for creating winning routines . . . and she doesn't like anything other

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Curtains up on the world of the Dance Divas, a team of 8-12 year-old girls who live to dance! Enter stage left: Scarlett, Rochelle, Liberty, Bria, and Gracie. They all dance together at the same studio, run by their choreographer (and former ballerina) Antoinette "ToniÂ?? Moore. Toni is known for creating winning routines . . . and she doesn't like anything other than first place! These girls travel all around competing for titles-but every number drums up drama. Can Scarlett hold on to her national junior title? And will the other girls learn to work together in order to defeat their fiercest competition yet? This first book in a new dance series is sure to sweep young readers off their feet!

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“The unique plot twists and detailed descriptions of the world of choreography, including actual steps and costume design, will appeal to young performers. . . . A satisfying read.” —School Library Journal
Children's Literature - Annie Laura Smith
The Dance Divas, a team of eight to twelve-year-old girls, live to dance. Their choreographer, Antoinette "Toni" Moore, is a demanding taskmaster where only perfection is accepted. She is a former ballerina and knows her dancing craft well. The four pre-teens, Scarlett, Rochelle, Liberty, Bria, and Gracie, work hard to meet her demands. The girls seek to determine why their choreographer and her former best friend, the coach of their fiercest competition, have not been in touch with each other in years. They once danced together in a ballet company. After the girls' intervention, the former friendship between the two choreographers becomes a work in progress. Follow the girls' adventures and the drama that always ensues as the team competes for titles. The author is a "dance mom" herself and writes about the world of dance with excellent knowledge and insight. A Glossary of Dance Terms defines ballet movements. The story will especially interest readers who are knowledgeable about competitive dance. This is the first book in the "Dance Divas" series. Two additional novels, Two to Tango and Let's Rock! will be released soon. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith
School Library Journal
02/01/2014
Gr 3–6—This first title in a new series features a dance team made up of five tweens and a seven-year-old gymnast-turned-dancer. The story revolves around the group's internal bickering and friendships and an external rivalry between its director, Miss Toni, and her former co-dancer/archenemy whose team is the Divas's greatest competition. There are stereotypical aspects to the characterization-the requisite stage moms, an Asian mother who threatens to pull her daughter out of competition if she doesn't keep up with her schoolwork, the ultramean studio director, and a sabotaging competitor. Also, there's no mention of male dancers, and fathers don't play a prominent role. The unique plot twists and detailed descriptions of the world of choreography, including actual steps and costume design, will appeal to young performers, whether they simply love the art or participate in similar competitions. In an unlikely turn of events, a dancer joins her stage-fright-stricken sibling during her very first solo, and they end up winning a duet prize. The rest of the novel, which centers on the team's failings and successes, is quite realistic and plausible. Despite its minor flaws, the book's easy, fluid writing and relatable characters will make it a satisfying read.—Maralita L. Freeny, District of Columbia Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Dance competition is fierce for four preteens and one little sister. This series opener introduces four girls from New Jersey who belong to the Dance Divas studio and take part in individual and group contests. Scarlett has talent, divorced parents and a little sister who is whiny but acrobatic. Liberty has an over-the-top stage mother and is a snob. Rochelle hates toe shoes and loves hip-hop. Bria has a family of Chinese heritage that values educational excellence. The focus of the story is on costumes and routines that will give them an edge in the judges' ratings. After coming in second at a competition, their drive to win accelerates, spurring intrigue. The coach and choreographer of that winning team used to dance in a ballet company with the Dance Divas' coach, and they have not spoken in years, so the four girls use the Internet and a fake email account to uncover the cause of the feud. The little sister is sent into a studio to spy on the competition; they've brought in a ringer, an older girl. While not surprising, the tactics are certainly questionable. Berk's writing is action-driven, stereotyped and predictable. For those who dance to win--all others can skip the show. (Fiction. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619631830
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
09/10/2013
Series:
Dance Divas
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
164
Sales rank:
1,129,389
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Sheryl Berk is the author of the wildly popular CUPCAKE CLUB book series (Peace, Love and Cupcakes; Recipe for Trouble; Winner Bakes All) and her book Soul Surfer, co-written with Bethanny Hamilton, hit #1 on the New York Times Children's Bestseller List and was made into a major motion picture. Sheryl is a "dance mom" herself; her 10-year-old daughter Carrie has been studying ballet for 8 years. Sheryl lives with her family in New York, NY.
Sheryl Berk is the author of the Dance Divas series as well as the Cupcake Club book series. Her book Soul Surfer, co-written with Bethany Hamilton, hit #1 on the New York Times Children's Bestseller List and was made into a major motion picture. Sheryl is a "dance mom" herself; her daughter Carrie has been studying ballet for nine years. She lives with her family in New York, NY.

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Dance Divas: Showtime! 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should really read this book! It is very good for 7-11 year olds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The coach who only wants first place (Abby), the girl who is a national title holder and has divorced parents and a little sister who is whiney but acrobatic (Maddie and Mackenzie), the girl who's mom is an over the top stage mom (Chloe), the girl who's heritage collides with dance (Nia). Think about it...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a dancer you will probably enjoy this a lot. Even if you are not a dancer you may like it too :)