Dance Class Volume 5: To Russia, With Love

The latest installment of the Dance Class series is due out tomorrow. In it, the ballet students go to Russia to perform the Nutcracker. This isn’t the first international setting, as the previous book was A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Paris….

The characters are young women studying various forms of dance, from traditional to folk-cultural and swing. Most pages are single gags, with setup and punchline. Some are specifically dance or class-related (like struggling to get one’s hair up in a bun), while others deal with more universal situations, such as a jealous younger sister or looking for furniture. A recurring theme is wanting to dance with a cute boy, of course, as is trying to decide what to wear.

There’s plenty to look at on every page, with lots of characters and background details. The slim volumes are brightly colored by Maëla Cosson, adding to the feeling that these girls live in a full world. The occasional multi-page longer sequence gives us more idea of the girls’ personalities. This time, we’re also introduced to Nathalia, the troupe’s seamstress, who goes along with them to Russia because it’s her homeland.

You can find out more about the series at the publisher’s website. (The publisher provided a digital review copy.)

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