Joey Finds His Jump!: A Dance-It-Out Creative Movement Story for Young Movers Paperback – Feb. 18 2021

Movement inspiration arrives in Dance-It-Out’s charming series debut, created by an award-winning dance teacher and her ballerina daughter.

Joey Kangaroo never learned how to jump, and he desperately wants to find the secret. Ballerina Konora helps readers express their movement alongside Joey in this interactive story of determination, friendship, and jumping jubilance.


“Highly recommended for anyone with young children and those young at heart too.”

An innovative use of dance and storytelling for a fun, child-focused activity.”
—Kirkus Reviews

Movement, technique, and dance concepts in this story include:

  • Plié
  • Relevé
  • Forward Port de Bras
  • Passé
  • Leap/Grand Jeté
  • Twist
  • March
  • Hop
  • Skip
  • Jump
  • Kick
  • Frog Jump
  • Stretches (Up/Out/Child’s Pose/Yawn)
  • Body Parts’ Isolation: Knees, Tongue, Arms, Back, and Head
  • Small/Medium/Large Jumps
  • Low/High Levels
  • Wide/Narrow
  • Quick/Slow
  • Extended Legs/Arms
  • Corps/Synchronized Dancing
  • Emotions in the Body

Major themes include Making New Friends, Being Polite, Friendship, Empathy, Kangaroos, Frogs, and Dancing on Stage.
The Dance-It-Out! books can be used as a supplement for dance or theater studio classes or camps. Joey Finds His Jump! would pair well with themes such as New Experiences, Meeting New People, Good Manners, Being Kind, Going to the Zoo, Emotions, Adventures, Kangaroos, Frogs, Dance, Ballet, or Jumping.

Featured characters include Joey (he/him) and Juniper (she/her). Background characters include dancers (femininely dressed), diverse children at the zoo, and nonbinary animals: giraffe, hippo, lion, and orangutan. Dance-It-Out!s are a bit above level (language-wise) as they are often initially enjoyed with a caregiver or teacher.

Dance-It-Out! movement journeys are ideal for dance, pre-ballet, creative movement, preschool, daycare, early learning, physical education, homeschool, kindergarten, or first-grade activities. The full collection features male, female, and nonbinary diverse characters. Books make a great gift for boys or girls interested in dance, ballet, gymnastics, or yoga, or reluctant readers who enjoy getting up and moving.

With kind characters, subtle life lessons, and a positive role model in Ballerina Konora, teachers love the kid-approved, ready-made, easy additions to curriculum and lesson planning. Children at home adore the stories that “young readers will return to again and again” (—Reedsy).

About the Author
Ballerina Konora is an apprentice with Ballet Idaho and previously danced with Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Professional Division and Texture Contemporary Ballet. Growing up, she danced iconic roles such as Sugar Plum Fairy and Cinderella.

Konora’s mother taught creative movement and ballet for decades and was recognized by her local City Council (2014) for embodying the spirit of partnership and commitment to children in our community for her work with young dancers.

Once Upon a Dance has garnered many awards and endorsements during 2021, including a PenCraft Award First Place Winner, Mom’s Choice Gold Award Recipient, Independent Press Award Winner, B.R.A.G. Medallion Award, International Impact Book Award Winner, Readers Favorite Certified Great Read, Love Reading 4 Kids Indie Books We Love, and Indie’s Today 5-Star Recommended. Their 18 books include books for readers three-eleven as well as teacher resources.


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