Carla and Leo Relive Their Big Apple Glory!

Posted by on Jul 26, 2011 in Blog | 0 comments

Senator Bill Bradley joined Agatha Relota at our NY launch at the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS store.

If you didn’t get to make it out to celebrate our book launch in New York last month, not to worry – we’re here to tell you all about it, as Carla and Leo relive their Big Apple glory!

The New York whirlwind kicked off with Carla and Leo’s World of Dance author Agatha Relota stopping by her hometown of Chatham, New Jersey for a book-signing at the super-fun Jabberwocky store on Friday June 24, 2011.  She had a great time meeting young Carla and Leo readers, all the while coming back to the hometown where she first found her own love of dance.

That Monday – June 27, 2011 – marked Carla and Leo’s sparkly-fun book launch party at the Swarovski Elements store in New York.  It was a dazzling evening of dance, with Dancing Classroom’s Pierre Dulaine leading a class with young and talented Dancing Classrooms dancers.  It was such a delight to have these talented performers there to represent this amazing non-profit organization, which brings the lessons and fun of dance to schools all over the world. Christiane of  Dwell Studio “was completely amazed how the dance transformed the children from kids into completely poised dancers worthy of a world-class stage.”Carla and Leo couldn’t agree more!

Amid all the dancing and book-signing fun, Moms and The City’s Raina Seitel Gittlin caught up with Agatha to ask some questions.  In this interview, Agatha revealed her adorable habit of making dance part of daily life for her two kids: “Every morning I turn on music and dance with the kids in the kitchen while preparing breakfast.  We have so much fun dancing!!  They enjoy it so much and it puts the biggest smiles on their faces.  It’s a wonderful way to start the day.”

Indeed!  And just as dance is a fabulous way to start the day Ma, What’s For Dinner writer and blogger was there and posted pictures and more on her site, where she wrote this sweetness about dance being a great way to end a day, too: “Oh What A Night, indeed! And learning all these dances may just lead to some more great nights!”

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Carla and Leo Book Launch Fun

Posted by on Jul 5, 2011 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

Terri Seymour, Agatha Relota, and Jessica Alba at LA book launch.

Terri Seymour, Agatha Relota, and Jessica Alba celebrate at our LA book launch at Dragon Books on June 22, 2011.

As July begins, we here at Carla and Leo’s World of Dance are still catching our breath – June marked quite an exciting time for us! At the start of the month, our book released in the U.S. And on June 1, author Agatha Relota and illustrator Thierry Perez got together with fans and friends in West London for the UK book launch party. It was quite a magical evening in The Hempel Hotel’s gardens, where even the youngest Carla and Leo fans were kicking up their heels on the dance floor.

Later in the month, on June 22, we were joined by the lovely Jessica Alba for our LA launch party at the beautiful Dragon Books in Bel Air. Having penned our book’s super sweet foreword, it was certainly quite a treat to have Jessica Alba join us. Even better, she and her husband Cash Warren got to take a balloon animal home to daughter Honor!
If you thought we were done there, you’re wrong. Next stop was The Big Apple – be sure to check out our next post for details on our New York adventures! Stay tuned, and keep dancing!

Photo: ©Patrick McMullan/DAVID CROTTY

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Bringing Dance to The Classroom

Posted by on May 24, 2011 in Blog | 0 comments

Bringing Dance to The Classroom

We’re so excited to be donating a portion of book sale proceeds to Dancing Classrooms.

If you don’t already know about this organization, you should! What they do is bring ballroom dance instruction into schools. Kids get to move and have some fun while, at the same time, learn social skills like etiquette and self-confidence. You would not believe the transformation ballroom dance brings to these young performers.

It all started in 1994 when the wonderfully talented and illustrious Pierre Dulaine volunteered to teach a class at just one school in New York. Yes, it started with just that one school and Pierre Dulaine’s one simple (and amazing) step. Now look at all the other beautiful steps these kids are taking, across the dance floor!

Based in New York, Dancing Classrooms continues to expand each year. In the 2009-2010 school year, they got 50,000 students in 525 U.S. schools dancing. They’ve even expanded internationally.

This has gotten Carla and Leo thinking – they’d like Dancing Classrooms to come to their school, too!

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