Once Upon a Dance

Once Upon a Dance’s mission is to provide kids movement, joy, and imagination. Their catalog includes four primary book series about dance and movement:
• Dance-It-Out Creative Movement Stories for Young Movers, for ages 4-7, offers kids a chance to take the imagination 'stage' alongside whimsical characters in quirky stories with Ballerina Konora as an optional movement guide. (12 books, 10 published, 2 coming soon)
• Dancing Shapes: Ballet and Body Awareness for Young Dancers, for ages 6-9, provides a glimpse into Ballerina Konora’s journey, a warm-up, mini-ballet lesson, and an exploration of detail and form. (5 books)
• Ballet Inspiration and Choreography Concepts for Young Dancers, for ages 8+, looks at basic ballet technique, imparts dance wisdom, and discusses performance and choreographic aspects of dance. (3 books coming soon)
• Konora’s Shapes: Poses for Creative Movement & Ballet Teachers provides images intended to be cut from the book for use in the classroom or at home—a brilliant resource for dance, physical education, and homeschool teachers. (2 books)

The books are designed by a mother-daughter duo. Mom taught creative movement and ballet for decades and was recognized by her city council for “embodying the spirit of partnership and commitment to children in our community” for her work with young dancers. Daughter dances with Ballet Idaho and has danced with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and Texture Contemporary Ballet.

Their 18 published works have garnered many awards and endorsements including:
• 2021 PenCraft Award First Place Winner
• 2021 Mom’s Choice Gold Award Recipient
• 2021 B.R.A.G. Medallion Award
• 2021 Independent Press Award Winner
• 2021 International Impact Book Award Winner
• 2021 Independent Press Award Winner
• 2021 Readers Favorite Certified Great Read
• 2021 Reading with Your Kids Indie Books We Love
• 2021 Indie’s Today 5-Star Recommended