Emily Mott of Charlottesville Ballet helps bring the Vamperina Ballerina books to life as author Anne Marie Pace reads aloud to kids at Foundations Child Care Center.
Local children's book author Anne Marie Pace.
Clad in pink pajamas and perched on the edge of her seat,
children’s book author Anne Marie Pace looked every bit as eager to
read her new book aloud as the children seated before her were to
hear it. Her voice laced with exaggerated anticipation, Pace read
Vampirina Ballerina and its new sequel, Vampirina
Ballerina Hosts a Sleepover, to young audiences July 25 at the
Foundations Child Care Center in Charlottesville.
“Do you know what it means to have cold feet?” Pace asks,
pausing during her reading to make sure the classroom full of four-
and five-year-olds is following along with the story.
“It means when you’re cold,” explains a little girl in the front
row, dressed in a ballet leotard and skirt. The kids were invited
to wear ballet apparel or pajamas, like Pace, to get into the
spirit of the books.
“That would make sense, wouldn’t it?” Pace says. “But in this
case, it means you’re nervous. Have any of you ever been
Pace has the kids' full attention, but the two professional
ballet dancers from Charlottesville Ballet that Pace brought along
to demonstrate ballet movements are a big hit as well. When she’s
finished reading, Pace invites the kids to stand up, and the
professional dancers conduct a miniature ballet class.
The books, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, are a charming mixture of
scary and cute that appeal to children of all ages.
“It’s funny because even though there...