Dancing in the Wingsby Debbie Allen, Kadir Nelson
Sassy worries that her too-large feet, too-long legs, and even her big mouth will keep her from her dream of becoming a star ballerina. So for now she's just dancing in the wings, watching from behind the curtain, and hoping that one day it will be her turn to shimmer in the spotlight. When the director of an important dance festival comes to audition her class,… See more details below
Sassy worries that her too-large feet, too-long legs, and even her big mouth will keep her from her dream of becoming a star ballerina. So for now she's just dancing in the wings, watching from behind the curtain, and hoping that one day it will be her turn to shimmer in the spotlight. When the director of an important dance festival comes to audition her class, Sassy's first attempts to get his attention are, well, a little wobbly. But Sassy just knows, somehow, that this is her time to step out from those wings, and make her mark on the world.
Actress/choreographer Debbie Allen and Kadir Nelson collaborated on Brothers of the Knight, about which School Library Journal raved, "the strutting high-stepping brothers are full of individuality, attitude, and movement."
- Penguin Young Readers Group
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- 0.50(w) x 10.94(h) x 0.17(d)
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- 4 - 8 Years
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Meet the Author
Actor, director, dancer/choreographer and singer, Debbie Allen's career has touched nearly every facet of the entertainment industry.
Allen's Broadway career as a dancer, singer and actor began in the chorus of "Purlie". She next appeared in "Raisin", then in the 1979 production West Side Story", for which she won a prestigious Drama Desk Award, as well as, her first Tony Award nomination. Allen received another Tony Award nomination in 1986 for her role as Bob Fosse's "Sweet Charity".
Allen's choreography career soared in 1980 with the international hit TV series "Fame". In 1988 she went behind the scenes to choreograph the new American Musical "Carrie with the Royal Shakespeare Company" and has continued to devote herself to that discipline. She holds the distinction of having choreographed the Academy Awards for five consecutive years. Allen collaborated with James Ingram to create "Brothers of the Knight" which played at the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in the spring of 1998.
As Resident Director of the hit television series "Fame", in which she also starred, Allen went on to direct episodes of "Family Ties", "Bronx Zoo", "A Different World" and the pilot for "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air", which she also produced. Her work with made-for-television movies, such as Disney's "Polly" and CBS's "Stompin at the Savoy" earned a reputation as one of the most sought after directors in Hollywood.
Recently, she directed the Martin Luther King special, entitled "One Day" for the Disney Channel as well as the critically acclaimed "Linc's Place" for Showtime.
Allen received international recognition as producer of Steven Spielberg's breathtaking "Amistad" As an actress, Allen received three Emmy Award nominations and one Golden Globe for her role as Lydia Grant in "Fame" She also received favorable notices for her role as Deloris Jordan in Fox Family Channels "Michael Jordan: An American Hero" and as Richard Pryor's feisty wife in the semi-autobiographical film "Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling."
Other feature films to her credit include Milo Forman's "Ragtime" and "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh". This year she amazed audiences and critics alike with her portrayal of Harriet Tubman in "Harriet's Return" at the Geffen Playhouse.
Some of Allen's many honors include Essence Awards in 1992 and 1995, the first Lena Horne Award for Career Achievement at the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards and two honorary doctorates, one from the North Carolina School of the Arts and the other from her alma mater, Howard University.
Allen currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Norman Nixon, and their two children, Vivian Nichole and Norman Jr.
Books by Debbie Allen:
Brothers of the Night
Dancing in the Wings
Amistad: Give us Free
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I love this book for Myself and my 3 year old... beautiful illustrations,, great job debbie and kadir!!! just the book i was looking for thank you
The girls loved it!
I read this book when I was younger and found it again today and reread it. :) It has a really great message !!! I would recommend it to anyone (:
My almost 4-year-old loves this book! We checked it out from the Library and she wants to read it EVERYDAY, so I am buying it for her. She literally knows the book by heart! She loves it!!
When somebody is picking on you, you shouldn't let that bother you. This book taught me to not let other people, ruin my dream to be a horsewoman. So, I recommend this book to everybody who is very bothered with people that pick on them and try to stop their dream.
My daughter loves this book so much that I almost don't like it anymore.(haha) She has been reading this book almost every day for 15 months. The story is entertaining and most girls can identify with the lead character. I love the message it sends to girls who feel as though they do not fit in. It also sends a message to girls who think they are 'better' than others.
My almost 4 year old daughter got this book as a present and it has been a staple at bedtime, as well as through the day, for almost a year! She loves the illustrations and often refers to 'Sassy' (the main character). I refer to Sassy too, when I want her to remember to be proud or brave- like the heroin of this story. It's a great story about a great girl.
This book is excellent for children of all ages. My students loved this book and thought it had a great message. If you like books with a wonderful message and good characters. This book is for you.
This outstanding book is great for all those who feel odd and awkward about there appearance. It's a great motivator. The illistration is the best I've seen in a long time. I recommend this book to both boys and girls because both can relate.
This book was extremely heart warming. I could relate to Sassy's coming of age story and wanted to share the story with my niece, who is a teen. The support Sassy receives from her family is endearing. This story is a great learning and support tool for young women who are facing self esteem challenges. The illustrations bring the story to life through their emotion. The story is very realistic with a touch of magic.