Even though most of the time spent in the studio is time spent moving, stretching, and dancing, studios are also places where inspiration is collected. You put up posters and share news stories that you saw on Instagram–and you have books! Many of our favorite dancers have written powerful memoirs that we love to read and quote. There are picture books about finding passion and acceptance in dance. There are dance books everywhere! You’re going to want to put some of these in your studio. Who knows who they might inspire?
To Dance: A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel by Siena Cherson Siegel
This graphic novel tells the story of six-year-old Siena and her dream of dancing and how that dream takes her to the stage of the New York City Ballet. It is a book about dreams, chasing them, and finding a home in your art form.
Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova by Laurel Snyder
Russian prima ballerina Anna Pavlova and her story have been inspiring dancers since the late 19th century. In this book, Laurel Snyder and Julie Morstad bring her to life to show us that it takes one moment of inspiration to inspire an artist to go on a journey that will inspire millions.
Firebird by Misty Copeland
It wouldn’t be a list of inspiring books if modern ballet superstar Misty Copeland didn’t make an appearance. Firebird tells the story of every little girl that aspires to dance and encourages them to chase their dreams on and off the stage.
Brontorina by James Howe
For your tiny dancers, Brontorina shows that everyone can dance no matter what might make them different from their teammates. Plus, who doesn’t love the idea of a brontosaurus doing ballet!?