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How They Became Famous Dancers: A Dancing History for young readers tells the story of twelve famous dancers six women and six men from different parts of the world. Spanning the seventeenth into the twenty-first centuries, each biographical sketch is placed within the subjects historical and cultural context. Dancers include: Louis XIV, John Durang, Marie Taglioni, William Henry Juba Lane, Anna Pavlova, Rudolf Laban, Doris Humphrey, Michio Ito, Mrinalini Sarabhai, Pearl Primus, Amalia Hernndez, and Arthur Mitchell. Each chapter includes Create a Dance giving readers the opportunity to dance themselves based on each dancers style.