Dance Team

Dance Team

by Wendy Garofoli

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Dance is an appealing topic for pre- and early teens. Who doesn't want to make those fabulous moves? This set of "Snap" books explores six forms of movement popular with kids (modern dance being conspicuously absent). In four or five chapters and conversational prose, each volume tells a bit about the genre's history, shows vital steps and moves, and spotlights successful performers (in this case, the Rockettes of Radio City Music Hall). Dance teams are found in high schools and colleges, sometimes at dance studios and cheerleading gyms. For training, Garofoli suggests taking ballet, jazz, or hip-hop classes to develop strength and flexibility. Making a standout impression at tryouts is the next step; then it's all about teamwork and precision. Dance team moves come from lyrical or street jazz, ballet (pirouettes, battements and jetes), and pom, derived from cheerleading and drill team moves. Lately, dance teams have incorporated popping and locking from hip-hop dance and even kicks and other moves from breakdancing. All of these moves are energetically demonstrated in color photos of the accomplished Gustavus Dance Team from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota. Is there life for team dancers after college? The author admits there's fierce competition for places on professional teams like the Rockettes, though a dancer could become a team instructor and, one day, team dancing may win a place in the Olympics. A friendly format, lots of color, and encouraging words will attract middle readers—just so they do not forget the endless practice and grueling work behind the dreams. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft

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Capstone Press
Publication date:
Capstone Dance Series
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
IG800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 14 Years

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