Ballet Academy (DK Reads Reading Alone)
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New series from DK designed to help kids learn how to read and learn to love reading. Ballet Academy is a 'Reading Alone' reader, perfect for children who are proficient readers, developing the habit of reading widely for both pleasure and information. DK Reads proves that good reads build great readers. Lucy follows her dream as she trains to be a professional dancer at the Academy. Determined to achieve, Lucy overcomes the pressures and disappointments and experiences the magic of performing in The Nutcracker. But will she make it through to Senior School? Ballet Academy is part of the new DK Reads series, a three-level reading scheme that helps children become confident readers, featuring engaging and illustrated topics. DK Reads is created in consultation with literacy experts and adheres to levelled reading scheme guidelines so the grammar, vocabulary, and content are spot on for each stage.
smile. When she learned to stand, she started bouncing up and down every time she heard a tune. Her parents took her to a toddlers’ dance class, where the children skipped and jumped and pretended to be f lowers. Lucy loved it, and she always cried when it was time to go home. Later, she started ballet lessons. She watched the older children doing exercises at the barre, first on one side, then the other—it was all part of the magic and she couldn’t wait to try. Soon she was going to classes
to make joints stable. With a bad sprain, these tissues get torn and healing takes a long time. However, even though Lucy’s ankle 88 had hurt really badly when she fell, her ligaments weren’t torn, only stretched and inflamed, so there was quite a lot Russell could do. He massaged the joint carefully and showed her some gentle exercises to get it moving. Every couple of days, he used special machines to help her heal: one that calmed the inflammation by passing ultrasound waves through it and
ITALY Party entertainment The Queen arranges a grand ball in Swan Lake. During the evening, the guests are entertained by a display of national dances: a czardas, a mazurka, a Spanish dance, and a Neapolitan dance from Italy (shown). 105 Chapter 7 On Her Way... The new semester had just begun, and Lucy could hardly believe she was in her final year at the Academy. She had passed so many milestones on her way: deciding to study ballet seriously, getting through all her dance exams, succeeding
them, mounted at diﬀerent heights, but some studios have only one. Stored out of sight, there are extra, freestanding barres that can be set up in the middle of the floor, and then cleared away when they aren’t needed. Tucked in a corner of our studio is a small box of resin—a gritty powder that we rub into the soles of our shoes so we won’t slip. Resin is a thick sap from evergreen trees that has been dried, hardened into lumps, and then crushed up ready for use. 3 39 BALLET ACADEMY
(br) All other images © Dorling Kindersley For further information see: www.dkimages.com Discover more at www.dk.com Contents 4 Prologue 8 Chapter 1 Chasing a Dream 24 Chapter 2 Another World 42 Chapter 3 New Horizons 58 Chapter 4 A Chance to Dance 74 Chapter 5 A Dream in Peril 88 Chapter 6 In the Limelight 106 Chapter 7 On Her Way... 122 Ballet Academy Quiz 124 Glossary 126 Index 127 About the Author and Consultant Prologue As soon as Lucy was born, music made her