Story Dance

Story Dance has taken place at public libraries all over Massachusetts, including: Melrose Public Library, Boston Branch Libraries: South End, Parker Hill, East Boston, North End, Connolly, West End, Egleston, Jamaica Plain, and Adams St, Pawtucket Public Library in RI, and more. (Click here for a complete list.)

Upcoming Story Dance Events

All Story Dance events are free and open to the public. Registration is required at some locations. Please contact individual organizations for details.

Check back after June 15 for 2021 events.


About Story Dance

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Story Dance is a creative movement story hour for preschoolers. Children (along with their parents/caregivers) are invited to dance, play, and use their imaginations to act out a story in this one-hour event led by teaching artist, Susan Paino.

Story Dance is interactive. At times, everyone will be up and moving.


The program combines natural movement, story-telling with music, games to promote reading-readiness, and discovery time with hands-on materials and music instruments.


The size of the group depends upon the size of the event space. Formal activities last 45 minutes plus 15 minutes of open play time when everyone is welcome to check out the

keyboard, drum, and story dance props.


Goals and Objectives

· Joy through natural/creative movement, dance, and story-telling

· Practice with listening, responding, taking turns, cooperation, and sharing

· Self-awareness and self-control

· Music appreciation

· Opportunities for self-expression, making choices, and discoveries

Popular story dance titles:

-The Lonely Butterfly

-The Make-Believe Tree

-Up Into Space

-The Curious Cats

Stories are created using themes such as  animals, space, feelings, make-believe, and every-day-kid-stuff.

(Click here to print an information flyer.)

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