Ballet is an obsession for many young girls, but the holidays are an especially magical time for dance. Ballerinas are gearing up for their big winter productions and attaining tickets to “The Nutcracker” is on many Christmas wish lists. If you’re gift hunting for the tiny dancer in your life, consider the “Crafterina” series, written and illustrated by professional dancer Vanessa Salgado.
Salgado has long been teaching children’s dance classes in New York City and she created her storybook line as a way to give her students a way to immerse themselves in dance at home, without grand jeting all over the apartment. “ABCs of Classical Ballet”familiarizes kids with the dance world vocabulary and includes a few other key ballerina tips, like how to make a ballerina bun and prepare ballerina slippers for class.
The “Nutcracker Coloring & Craft Book” has outlines of all the classic “Nutcracker” characters that kids can color in, as well as paper-dolls they can color, cut-out and play with and beautiful costume masks.
The books range in price from $12.99 to $14.99 and can be purchased at crafterina.com.