6 Dance Books You Should Add To Your Back-To-School List
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Summer's coming to a close which means it's time to head back to school and back to the studio. And though we have no doubt that you'll log a lot of dancing this fall, every dancer knows that there's bound to be down time in between technique classes, rehearsals, stretching, and waiting to be picked up. So give your Insta feed a break and check out these dance-tastic books that'll not only entertain you, but might even teach you a thing or two.
"Trailblazer: The Story of Ballerina Raven Wilkinson" by Leda Schubert
This might be a picture book, but the story it tells is worthy of audiences of all ages. Based on the life of Raven Wilkinson, the first African American to dance with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, this book tells of the challenges and trials Wilkinson endured to achieve her dreams of dancing ballet professionally in the '50s and '60s. Despite bigotry and threats on her life, Wilkinson cemented her legacy as a dancer and is also Misty Copeland's mentor. Read this book as a reminder to not let anyone deter you from pursuing your dreams.
If Jennifer Lopez is a great dancer, and you are Jennifer Lopez's fiancé, is there some kind of transitive property that means you are at least a pretty good dancer? Does her dance fabulosity, like, osmose into you?
"The Tonight Show" just showed us that the answer to both those questions is, unfortunately, a hard no. But bless Alex Rodriguez, betrothed of J.Lo, for trying.
At 17, commercial standout Natalie Bebko ("Nat Bat") has already accomplished more in her career than most adults: She was an assistant choreographer for the 2016 BET Awards and has worked with tons of music greats, including Trey Songz, Flo-Rida, Sia, Mila J, and Big Sean. She trains with immaBEAST dance company and consistently breaks the internet by slaying in class videos. Catch her on Instagram, where she has a casual half a million followers, and read on for The Dirt!
We're officially declaring April the month of Beyoncé. Not only did she gift us the greatness that is her Homecoming documentary, but she followed it up with the #BeforeILetGoChallenge, the newest viral dance craze to sweep the world wide web.