Vanasse, who came to Alaska as a Bush teacher, wrote Lucy’s Dance after becoming entranced with the storytelling capacity of dance while on an author visit to the village of Stebbins, known for its dance festivals.Buy Lucy’s Dance
A charming children’s book about the return of traditional dancing to one Yup’ik village, Lucy’s Dance tells the story of a little girl determined to help her grandfather demonstrate for the village the beauty and complexity of old-style dancing. Threaded through the story are accounts of Yup’ik arts such as drumming, singing, and storytelling through dance.
Brought to life with beautiful, full-color illustrations by Nancy E. Slagle.
“Lucy’s Dance presents the idea of dramatic cultural change through the personal perspective of a young girl, and conveys the hopeful idea that the work of only one individual in a community can make all the difference.” ~Juneau Empire
“…a charming read of family, tradition, and the power of them combined to create something truly special.” ~Midwest Book Review