Part 9: 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 discuss any symbolism present in the narrative, particularly related to the firefly or other elements?

Everything I do is movement-centric, so there was no deeper meaning. Of course those creatures represent humans, and we love to show a variety of characteristics including differently-abled characters.

  • Can you describe any specific challenges Fenix faces throughout the story, and how she overcomes them?

Fenix has to convince Bolt to accept help, figure out a way to solve a problem, and avoid potential dangers.

  • What role do supporting characters play in Fenix’s journey, and how do they contribute to her growth?

They just force Fenix to recognize their own strengths, and appreciate doing the task independently, just in case those other animals had devious plans.

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