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Book Reveiw: Carla and Leo’s World of Dance by Agatha Relota/Illustrations by Thierry Perez

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Carla and Leo's World of dance

It is rare to find a book about ballroom dancing for children, but that is exactly what Carla and Leo’s World of Dance  by Agatha Relota delivers. This book is a guide to ballroom dancing that also explains about the places where the dances come from and how, in a very special way, that dance and music bring different cultures together. Throughout the book, the wonderful world of ballroom dance is told through the eyes of two eager students taking in the magic of the waltz, fox trot, swing, merengue, mambo, cha-cha, rumba, salsa, tango and samba.


The accompanying illustrations by Thierry Perez are very charming and are reminiscent of fashion sketches. I really appreciate the diverse color palette and the varied line strokes used to enliven the images. The illustrations really embody the unique quality of each dance style! As the children learn each dance style, we discover great cultural tips, music, history and art associated with each style. We are also taught the emotional quality of each dance, various language cues and descriptions of rhythmic timing and how the steps fall within the music.   The Mambo

What I really enjoyed was how to the two lead characters worked together for a bigger purpose than just their relationship. I love that it shows kids willing to try something new and wanting to learn, even when it is not something that everyone else is doing. Through positive affirmations, clear explanations and fantastic details, I too felt I could learn these dances and how much fun it would be!

Three cheers for a well written and beautifully illustrated journey into the world of ballroom dance. I am sure this should be on the book shelf of every boy and girl who is determined to learn and explore.

Full Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of Carla and Leo’s World of Dance. All opinions expressed are my own.


Author: Eve Costarelli

Always Be Dancing: Move With Eve: I bring accessible yoga, dance and mindfulness programs to school communities, fitness professionals, Pt's/OT's, yoga studios and every(body) in between through classes, workshops, professional development seminars, public speaking, and guest blogging. I can create a program specific to your needs. My self designed ¡Ole Namaste! infuses the movements, breathwork and meditation of yoga with the music and dance of flamenco. Come have a body stretching, breath enhancing, mind relaxing, hand clapping good time! In this fun, upbeat mindful movement class, that is infused with the music and dance of flamenco, students will absorb the dramatic postures and colorful flavor of flamenco while exploring yoga poses, flamenco technique, breathwork and meditation. Each class will include a demonstration of flamenco by the instructor.

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