Part 1: Interview with Authors of “Fenix and the Firework Fliers: A Dance-It-Out Creative Movement Story”

Introducing “Fenix and the Firework Fliers” by Once Upon a Dance, Christine Herbert and Scott Partridge

Embark on a thrilling adventure with Fenix, a brave firefly, determined to aid Bolt, a grounded Firework Flier. Together, they journey to the towering heights of the Silver Birch Forest for the Solstice Celebration. Along the way, Fenix faces challenges from forest creatures. Will Fenix conquer her fears and reach the summit in time? Who will be named Spirit of the Year? And what dazzling display will the fireflies create? Join the excitement as this delightful tale unfolds, sparking imagination and encouraging physical activity. With gender-neutral pronouns and simplified dance terms, it’s perfect for classrooms and families alike. Discover the magic of Fenix and the Firework Fliers.  

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  • Can you walk us through the initial concept stage of “Fenix and the Firework Fliers”?

This is a collaboration. I had lunch with one of my collaborators, and I was surprised when she asked if she could do another story for me. I told I wanted a firefly story and then realized I’d already drafted one but forgot about it. She took my draft ideas, then went in a slightly different direction.

  • What sparked the idea for incorporating creative movement into the narrative?

All of our books incorporate dance or movement. The original Dance-It-Outs! were based on stories I’d done in my dance classes. These stories were always the kids’ favorite part of class.

  • How did you research or prepare for writing a book centered around creative movement?

I taught dance for over two decades and was constantly reading about child development or researching activity ideas.

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