Danza!

Danza!

Amalia Hernández and El Ballet Folklórico De Mexico

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"Award-winning author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh tells the story of Amalia Hernandez, dancer and founder of El Ballet Folklorico de Mexico. Published in time for the 100th anniversary of Hernandez's birth, Danza! is the first picture book about the famous dancer and choreographer. Danza! is a celebration of Hernandez's life and of the rich history of dance in Mexico. As a child, Amalia always thought she would grow up to be a teacher, until she saw a performance of dancers in her town square. She was fascinated by the way the dancers twirled and swayed, and she knew that someday she would be a dancer, too. She began to study many different types of dance, including ballet and modern, under some of the best teachers in the world. Hernandez traveled throughout Mexico studying and learning regional dances. Soon she founded her own dance company, El Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, where she integrated her knowledge of ballet and modern dance with folkloric dances. The group began to perform all over the country and soon all over the world, becoming an international sensation that still tours today. Duncan Tonatiuh's picture books have been honored with many awards and accolades, including the Pura Belpre Award, the Robert F. Sibert Award, and the New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award. With Tonatiuh's distinctive Mixtec-inspired artwork and colorful drawings that seem to leap off the page, Danza! will enthrall and inspire young readers with the fascinating story of this important dancer and choreographer"--
Publisher: New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2017
ISBN: 9781419725326
1419725327
Branch Call Number: J792.8092 H4301T 2017
Characteristics: 29 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm

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When young Amalia Hernández saw a troupe of dancers in her town square, she knew dance would be her life. Celebrate the legendary dancer, choreographer, and founder of El Ballet Folklórico de México with this spirited picture book biography.

Get your dancing shoes! It’s time to follow in the masterful footsteps of Amalia Hernández and her founding of El Ballet Folklórico de México.


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