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A Young Dancer: The Life of an Ailey Student (edition 2009)

by Valerie Gladstone

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Title:A Young Dancer: The Life of an Ailey Student
Authors:Valerie Gladstone
Info:Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (2009), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 48 pages
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Susan says: This is the true story of a young dancer - Iman Bright - who dances at the Ailey School three days a week, on top of her schoolwork and other responsibilities. She is a strong young girl, long and lean - the perfect dancer sillouette. There are some awkward transitions in the book - there are a couple of times where the text has been talking about her dance, and then suddenly shifts to another topic, leaving me a little off balance. But this book gives the feeling of the hard work and dedication being a dancer takes, and it also allows you a little peek into Iman's busy, busy life. The photographs in this book are beautiful - clear, vibrant and loving. The photographs bring life to the words - letting readers experience how Iman turns her body into emotions. Really gorgeous. ( )
  YouthGPL | May 9, 2010 |
Iman Bright is a young dancer. She has been taking dance classes at the Ailey School in New York since she was four. The story is told from Iman’s point of view. She matter-of-factly describes the rigors of learning dance. But Iman comes across as a girl who enjoys many other activities---friends, the violin, her studies at school---a well-rounded girl.The photographs reveal the astonishing moves Iman can make, with great beauty and joy. The text is easy to read. Who wouldn’t want to meet this young dancer?A little:“Ms. Jamison is considered one of the most famous members of the Ailey company. I’ve seen her dance in videos and she is amazing.She’s very direct and funny when she gives corrections. In one part of the dance, she said I looked more like I was delivering groceries than proudly showing the way to God. A big difference.” ( )
  debnance | Jan 29, 2010 |
Valerie Gladstone follows the daily life of Iman, a student at The Ailey School in New York. While the photographs are great, the text is lacking. The organization is completely confusing, taking the reader from The Ailey School to Iman's academic school to her Bronx apartment without any thought to the flow of the narrative. Young dance fanatics will still eat this up (and it is particularly nice to see a book featuring a dancer of color), but I was disappointed. ( )
  abbylibrarian | Dec 20, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0805082336, Hardcover)

Meet Iman Bright, a thirteen-year-old student at the prestigious Ailey School in New York City. Iman is passionate about dance, but she also enjoys drawing, playing music, and of course, hanging out with her friends. Follow Iman as she warms up at the barre, practices violin, and gets ready for a performance with her fellow students.

In descriptive words and striking photographs, this informative picture book provides fascinating insight into the world of dance through the voice of one very talented young performer.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:02:30 -0400)

Follow a young girl as she studies dance at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

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