Part 7: 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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  • What strengths do each of you bring to the collaboration, and how do you complement each other’s skills?

My daughter is the face of Once Upon a Dance, and I’m everything else. She’s such a beautiful and kind role model, and I’m so happy to share her journey with aspiring dancers.  

  • Can you discuss any challenges you’ve faced while working together, and how you’ve overcome them?

Scheduling is the hardest part. Finding time for photo shoots and video production is tricky.

  • How do your perspectives as a mother and daughter shape the themes and messages conveyed in the book?

Recently, I’ve really leaned into our mission to empower young women and girls. At first, I wanted to be here for everyone, but as a mother-daughter duo who’s witnessed how hard it is for girls in this field, it makes sense to double down on our #StrongGirls messaging.  

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