10 The Fresno Little Symphony is a group of young people who play music. The students are childrenwho study and learn music together. They have showswhere they play their music forothers. Sometimes they performin front of many people.
11 It takes a lot of effort to be part of a symphony. The students work hard to do theirbest. They practice once a week.This helps them remember howto play the songs. They do notwant to forget the music.
12 The students can play many different songs. Each song has its own mood. The moodis the feeling that peopleget when they listen tothe music.
13 One thing is always the same, though. People leave the shows feeling glad. The people who livein Fresno are proud of thesymphony. Many are happy tosay it is the best littlesymphony in California!
16 AT The Alvin Ailey School in New York City, kids study dance. They take dance classes afterschool. They take classes onSaturday. Hundreds of studentsdance at the school.
17 Each spring the students at Ailey perform in front of an audience. The dancers show what theyhave learned during the year.Dancing is hard work. The stepshave to be done just right.That takes a lot of practice.It’s also a team effort.
21 Jasper and Whitney attended the Ailey School in the spring of Jasper was nine years old.Whitney was ten. Jasper startedto dance when he was four.When Whitney was very young,she went with her family to aballet.
23 ”I knew then that I wanted to dance myself,” said Whitney. “Dance helps me to express myself.”Jasper, Whitney, and the otherAiley students were excited inMay. Their performance wascoming up.
24 They had two more weeks to practice. Then they would perform in a real theater.They would show their parentsand friends what they hadlearned. First, they had morework to do to get ready forthe show.
25 DANCE CLASSES The girls in Whitney’s ballet class practiced their steps. Theirteacher, Melanie, helped them.She wanted them to do theirbest.
27 “Arms open, girls!” Melanie told them. Teamwork was a big part of the dance. Everyone had to do thesteps at exactly the same time.“You have to dance in two ways onstage, by yourself and with agroup,” said Melanie.
34 Jasper’s favorite class was capoeira. It is a type of circle dance. To warm up, the boysstretched. They did kicksand jumps.ca/po/eir/a = kah – poo – air - ah
35 To do the dance, two boys went into the middle of a circle. They kicked and moved fast.All the boys took turns. Theymoved in and out of the circle.The boys also sang and clappedto the music.
36 Jasper talked excitedly about the class. “I love to dance,” he said. “The thing I like best aboutdance is the beat!”
37 is a dance from Brazil. Everyone forms a circle for the roda, or CAPOEIRAis a dance from Brazil. Everyoneforms a circle for the roda, orcircle dance. They sing and clap.The dancers all have bare feet.musicians play differentinstruments.
39 The day of the dress rehearsal arrived. A dress rehearsal is a final practice before theperformance. It is held wherethe show will take place. Thestudents went to the theater.They thought the stage was huge.
40 The stage manager showed them how to enter and exit the stage properly. There were new thingsto get used to at the dressrehearsal. Moving on the bigstage felt different. The lightswere also something new.
41 “Watch your spacing!” said Christine, a ballet teacher. “Remember you are dancingtogether.” the students practicedtheir dances one last time. Thenext time they performed theteachers would not be on stagewith them.
42 The dress rehearsal added more people to the team. “Everyone works hard for the performance,”said Jasper. “Our teachers makeup the dances and teach us thesteps. The musicians play themusic. Someone else helps withthe lights.”
43 “The stage manager tells everyone where and when to do their jobs. Then we do the dancing.The parents help out, too, bycoming to watch us. For sure,my family will be there,”said Jasper.
44 performance arrived. Backstage, the dancers got ready. Then the PERFORMANCE DAYAt last, the day of theperformance arrived. Backstage,the dancers got ready. Then theaudience took their seats.Lights! Music! The show started!The sound of tapping feet filledthe air.
45 The tap dancers crossed the stage together. Their feet were flying!
46 Ballet was next. The dancers glided across the floor with arms open. They looked as if theywere dancing on air. The dancewas long, but no one forgot thesteps. All of their hard workhad paid off.
47 Then the capoeira began. The dancers kicked and jumped. They clapped and sang in the roda.When the dance was over, thedancers took a bow. Theaudience cheered. What a greatperformance!
48 The show was over, but the excitement did not end. Backstage, the dancers were happy. They haddone a great job.Their families gave them hugs.Their teachers were very proud.