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Désirée Rabbit LOVES to dance, and her sleek bunny form makes her a natural! But her dream to be a famous ballet dancer in her hometown of Paris, France, is always met with one response: "There are no bunnies in the ballet!" Not a rabbit to be discouraged, Désirée marches herself down to the ballet studio to begin classes. Soon enough, she has won over her classmates and mastered all her positions. And on the opening night of "The Nutcracker," she may finally get her chance to shine!
A young girl growing up in Harlem in the 1950s, whose mother cleans and stitches costumes for a ballet company, dreams of becoming a prima ballerina one day, and is thrilled to see a performance of Janet Collins, the first "colored" prima ballerina.
A hungry wolf attends a performance of Swine Lake, performed by the Boarshoi Ballet, intending to eat the performers, but he is so entranced by the story unfolding on the stage that he forgets about his meal.
While exploring, Lola the cat comes across a stage with a ballet performance about to begin. Lola puts on a costume and joins right in, dancing beautiful pirouettes, arabesques, and pas de chats (the step of the cat). When she accidentally stumbles and trips, however, it is up to Lola to save the show.
Ruby Rose has the best idea ever: she'll put on a dance recital! But when her tights are untangled, her costume is fitted, the tickets are finished, and Ruby Rose makes her way onto the stage, it turns out the audience is caught in the rain! Oh no! Will Ruby Rose let a little thunder and lightning ruin her performance? With some swirling and twirling, Ruby Rose finds a way to star in the best recital ever!
Tucker Dohr loves ballet but is constantly teased by football players his age for being a sissy, however they see him in a whole new light when circumstances place him in a position to help them win the football championship.
See also books at J 792.8 and various versions of The Nutcrackershelved with the HOLIDAY (Christmas) books.