Once Upon a Dance

Once Upon a Dance offers movement, breath, joy, connection and imagination through stories. Three main series offer something for everyone:

• Dance-It-Out! Creative Movement Stories (ages 4+)

• Dancing Shapes: Ballet and Body Awareness (ages 6+)

• Ballet Inspiration and Choreography Concepts (8+)

Their catalog of 25 books offers a positive role model and features diverse characters. Story themes—beyond movement and dance—include empathy, friendship, helping each other, the value of practice, making new friends, self-acceptance, sibling relationships, anger management, and working toward a goal.

Visit DanceStories.com to learn about this mother-daughter duo, see book details, or check out parent/teacher resources. Follow Once Upon a Dance (@Once_UponADance) for upcoming sneak peaks, dance photos, and the latest on their goofy cats.

Ballerina Konora is living her dreams as a full-fledged professional ballerina. Teacher Terrel arrived in Seattle after a Peace Corps stint teaching English and dance. Complementing decades of dance instruction, Terrel worked in early childhood education and for non-profits supporting kids. She was recognized by her local City Council for "embodying the spirit of partnership and commitment to children in our community" for her work with young dancers.

The stories are lovingly crafted, and all royalties are donated. Once Upon a Dance has won numerous awards and accolades:
• Mom’s Choice Gold Award
• Family Choice Award
• Purple Dragonfly First Place
• PenCraft Award First Place
• Firebird First Place
• Pinnacle: Best Book Juvenile Fiction
• Independent Press Award Winner
• International Impact Book Award Winner
• Outstanding Creator Awards Winner
• Golden Boar Cover of the Year
• B.R.A.G. Medallion Award
• Readers Favorite Certified Great Read
• Indie’s Today 5-Star Recommended
• The Wishing Shelf 5-Star
• Literary Titan 5-Star Award
• Readers’ Choice Book Awards 5-Star
• Story Monsters Approved
• Kirkus Reviews Starred Review