Dancing through childhood: Three storybooks for children

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Document Type

Bachelor's Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts in Literature


College of Liberal Arts


Literature, Department of


Awarded as best thesis, 2013

Thesis Adviser

Maria Carla M. Pacis

Defense Panel Member

Anne Frances N. Sangil
Cris Barbara Pe


This thesis is a creation of three partially illustrated storybooks for children on three different kinds of dance. This thesis was created for those among the 6-12 year-old age range, specifically those of 10-12 years of age, as a simple exposition on three genres of dance: hip-hop (specifically krump), ballet, and folk dance.

Krump as a genre of hip-hop is the focus of "The Gift of Dance", a story on a young boy from the slums who releases his inner anger towards parents through the angry yet praise-filled type of dance. "Jessa's First Ballet" is based on the true story of slum girl-turned-ballet scholar, Jessa Balote, a current ballet scholar at the prestigious local dance company, Ballet Manila. It is a discovery of personal talent and the freedom from stage fright. Lastly, "Dance of the Ducks: An Original Folktale On the Itik-Itik Sibonga" as an original folktale focusing on the how the folk dance, the Itik-Itik Sibonga, came to be. It is a telling of a strict father's punishment for his daughter passionate about dance but held back by a handicap.

Children's literature in the Philippines has never consisted of stories about dance injected with local color and theme, and this thesis aims to expose preadolescents/tweens to the beautiful art of dance in all genres

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Shelf Location

Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F Henry Sy Sr. Hall

Physical Description

149 leaves: illustration (some colored) ; 28 cm.

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