Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen

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Sassy worries that her too-large feet, too-long legs, and even her big mouth will keep her from her dream of becoming a star ballerina. So for now she's just dancing in the wings, watching from behind the curtain, and hoping that one day it will be her turn to shimmer in the spotlight. When the director of an important dance festival comes to audition her class, Sassy's first attempts to get his attention are, well, a little wobbly. But Sassy just knows, somehow, that this is her time to step out from those wings, and make her mark on the world. Actress/choreographer Debbie Allen and Kadir Nelson collaborated on Brothers of the Knight, about which School Library Journal raved, "the strutting high-stepping brothers are full of individuality, attitude, and movement."

About Debbie Allen

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Debbie Allen is one of the world's leading authorities on marketing and self-promotion. The president of Allen & Associates Consulting, Inc., she is an internationally acclaimed speaker who has appeared in publications such as" Entrepreneur", " Selling Power", and" Sales & Marketing Excellence. Kadir Nelson is an acclaimed illustrator whose powerful artwork is captured in numerous award-winning picture books, including the Caldecott Honor Book "Henry's Freedom Box" by Ellen Levine; the Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award winner "Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People To Freedom" by Carole Boston Weatherford; and his own "We Are The Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball" and "Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans". He lives with his family in San Diego, California.
Published September 1, 2000 by Dial. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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PW called this tale of a hopeful young ballet dancer who complains of her too-big feet and too-long legs "inspirational," adding that "Nelson depicts the heroine with a grace that belies her self-image."

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So I watched from backstage, dancing in the wings, hoping that if I just kept dancing and trying, it would be my turn to dance in the spotlight."" Though her brother and several of her peers constantly razz her, Sassy's uncle encourages her to audition for a role in a summer dance festival, asser...

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