While there are introductions to each section of the book, you cannot really read Born to Dance: Celebrating the Wonder of Childhood. This is a coffee table book for kids who love to dance. Not like, love. Also, if you have a gymnastic in your family, this could work as well. The positions some of these people get into, I do not think the Karma Sutra has invented yet!
Seriously though, there is a lot going on. Jordan Matter’s photographs are delightful. You see the world through his camera lens as it captures ages about 3 up to 20 (there are a few older). They are all races, backgrounds, genders, heights and even sizes (two young ladies are plus sized). He captures even his daughter in a few poses (one in snow). He shows people being “nerds” or “making mistakes” or “being themselves” and many other situations. Matter’s has taken kids who love to dance and bring them to the page.
Some of the dancers are from You-tube and others are only famous on their street. There are inspirational quotes and comments by not only famous people, but some of the dancers.
Perhaps the best part for me is what is around the dancers. Some people give them the look of “what the Frankincense are you doing?” Some also take photos on their phones and cameras. Some just watch. People watching is a favorite thing of mine, therefore, watching the dancers and the people captured is a treat. Of course, you also get to see around the world. From Colorado to New York (one shot I knew exactly where it was) to London. Landmarks and just the street outside your house.