Part 6: 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 share the story behind your decision to collaborate as a mother/daughter duo in creating Fenix and the Firework Fliers?

My daughter is a good sport. She had free time during covid lockdown when we started these projects. I’m fortunate she continues to partner with me while holding down a ballet job and taking college classes.  

  • How does your mother/daughter relationship influence your creative process and writing dynamic?

Of course, she reads anything in her voice to make sure it represents her journey. Her openness to letting me be in the room with her as she studied dance is the reason the (older-dancer series) books exist. I’m so grateful she let me tag along so I could witness her journey with the wisdom of a former dancer.  

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