I Can Make a Water Dance

I Can Make a Water Dance

by Karen Diaz Ensanian
I Can Make a Water Dance

I Can Make a Water Dance

by Karen Diaz Ensanian



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I Can Make a Water Dance is the first in a planned series of children's dance and science discovery books, that connects dance with processes in nature. Dancers magically rise out of the mist, curl like splashes in the river, and sail as trailing clouds. The embodiment of natural phenomena allows the dancers to learn about the water cycle in a unique way, learn something about their own bodies, and stimulates creative thinking.


The book is presented in two-page spreads. The left side contains text that describes the stage of the water cycle, poetry that vividly portrays the action that is taking place, and a question that invites the readers to think of additional ways that movement can be found in that phase of water. The dynamic movement words invite young listeners to transform themselves into water and extend their vocabulary, helping develop literacy.


On the right side of the spread is a lush painting demonstrating how that stage of water moves. Superimposed dancer photos on the paintings are presented as part of the action. Creating a dance about water immediately becomes understandable. 


There are fifteen paintings that include Mist, Clouds, Storm Cloud, Rain, Puddle, Rainbow, Snow, Ice, Stream, River, Waterfall, Lake, Geyser, Ocean, and Water Cycle. Near the end of the book is a two-page spread of all the dancers with accompanying action words, inviting children to create their own dance. The final page includes tips for parents and teachers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996391924
Publisher: Equus Potentia Publishing
Publication date: 02/14/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 38
File size: 27 MB
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Age Range: 4 - 12 Years

About the Author

Karen Diaz Ensanian has devoted her professional life to the dance education of people of all ages. Her extensive experience includes over twenty years as an early childhood educator. Karen started her early career in New York City as dancer with several choreographers, including dancing as a founding member with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Company. She later received her M.A. in Dance from The Ohio State University and then taught for nineteen years as Director of Creative Movement at The Episcopal School in The City of New York. In recent years Karen facilitated Dance Education Laboratory professional development workshops for teachers with the Department of Education in New York City. At the same time, Karen began teaching herself to paint as a foundation for illustrating a children's dance education book. Karen currently lives with her husband in NYC where she raised two children.
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