Ballet Academy (DK Reads Reading Alone)

Ballet Academy (DK Reads Reading Alone)

Language: English

Pages: 128

ISBN: 1409351955

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

New series from DK designed to help kids learn how to read and learn to love reading. Ballet Academy is a 'Reading Alone' reader, perfect for children who are proficient readers, developing the habit of reading widely for both pleasure and information. DK Reads proves that good reads build great readers. Lucy follows her dream as she trains to be a professional dancer at the Academy. Determined to achieve, Lucy overcomes the pressures and disappointments and experiences the magic of performing in The Nutcracker. But will she make it through to Senior School? Ballet Academy is part of the new DK Reads series, a three-level reading scheme that helps children become confident readers, featuring engaging and illustrated topics. DK Reads is created in consultation with literacy experts and adheres to levelled reading scheme guidelines so the grammar, vocabulary, and content are spot on for each stage.

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(CORPS OF BALLET) Sayako Ang, Francis Bosch, Grant Freeman, Daniel Johnson, Anton Kremen, Keon Luko, Ruth Parker, Michelle Percy, Amber Ransell, Kaine Rich, Tamsin Scott, Laurretta Sousa, Shua Tao, Adela Ward, Mark Wicks STUDENTS FROM THE ACADEMY Lucy Carr, Sarah Collings, Laurence Friesen, Jordan Garn, Emilie Grute, Joy Kennedy, Connor Morley, Joseph Trendel 95 Everyone felt nervous standing in the wings, but once the mice went on stage, Lucy and the other young dancers lost themselves in the

Hungarian czardas [CHAR-dash], shown above, and a Polish mazurka. Originally performed only by men, the czardas starts slowly and builds to a fast, rousing finish. 104 Leaping warriors In The Nutcracker, when Clara and her Prince arrive in the Kingdom of Sweets, he arranges a celebration of dances from around the world. One of the best loved is the Russian dance, inspired by the traditional trepak performed by Cossack warriors. The music is based on traditional folk tunes. RUSSIA HUNGARY

went on and on. During her first year at the Academy, however, one more wish somehow found its way onto the list. “Oh, Jessie, I want to be slim like you,” she would say when the two girls stood together at the barre. Lucy’s own body wasn’t the least bit chubby, but she had gently rounded limbs and a curved belly. She hated them and longed for her friend’s slender build. “And I’d love to look like you!” would come the automatic reply from Jessie. But once Lucy set her mind on 46 something,

This style, called a Romantic or Taglioni tutu, is still worn in these ballets. By the end of the 1800s, tutus were shorter, to show off the dancers’ legs and allow for freedom of movement. This is Italian ballerina Pierina Legnani in a production of Swan Lake in St. Petersburg, Russia. 68 20th century 21st century Moving on Tutus today Through much of the 20th century, tutus were much shorter, but they still had a graduated, skirtlike shape. This is English ballerina Margot Fonteyn

quirky characters appear in several famous ballets. Squirrel Nutkin Ballet: The Tales of Beatrix Potter Role: mischievous squirrel who teases an owl Puss in Boots and the White Cat Ballet: Sleeping Beauty Role: fairy-tale guests at Aurora’s wedding 70 Bottom Ballet: The Dream (adapted from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream) Role: country workman given a donkey’s head by the fairy Puck Farmyard chickens Ballet: La Fille Mal Gardée Role: between-scenes entertainment featuring a rooster

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