Books by Dorothy

Dance Your Dance, Sing Your Song

Dorothy, a smart and sassy moose, struggles with first day jitters as a college student preparing to study dance at Northern Michigan University. Following an unexpected event and years of being bullied by others, Dorothy must confront her self-doubt, fear of judgement, and physical challenges to break free of barriers and pursue her dreams. As Dorothy begins to understand her potential with the help of her animal family and friends, she frees herself from all that is holding her back. In the process, she inspires others to overcome their challenges and find their purpose. Throughout the story, the lively cast of animal characters and scenes bring life to the story as Dorothy shares her journey from fearful moose to college-educated ballerina with the support of her caregiver, teachers, family, and friends. A feel-good story that will inspire both children and adults to forget the nay-sayers and pursue their dreams. Like Dorothy, you can “Dance Your Dance, Sing Your Song.”

Why the Book was Written

After overcoming challenges and realizing her dream of attending college to study dance, Dorothy Paad was faced with yet another challenge she least expected – a pandemic. Immunocompromised and isolated in her home to protect her health, Dorothy struggled with new fears and the loss of her newfound purpose of attending college and studying dance. Uncertain of what lay ahead during a growing pandemic, Dorothy was inspired by family and friends to explore yet another purpose – writing. Realizing that life is filled with opportunities to do amazing things, Dorothy took the leap and brought her love of dance to the written word with her new children’s book. The story, which takes place in a world of college-bound animals, shares Dorothy’s own experiences as an individual with disabilities trying to find her own place in the world. By combining her love for working with children, helping others, and studying dance, the author created a book to remind us we only need to listen to our own hearts, be ourselves, and follow our dreams with Dance Your Dance, Sing Your Song.

Jill Grundstrom
Jill Grundstrom
Assistant Professor Co-Director of NMU Theatre and Dance
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Miss Paad's book is a joyful expression of what the art of dance can and should be---accessible to all! She writes from experience so that others may be inspired by her story, reminding us all to dance our dance and sing our song. Jill 🙂
Nancy Wiseman Seminoff
Nancy Wiseman Seminoff
Founder of the Literacy Legacy Fund of Michigan.
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"This book is a must read for all! Dorothy reminds us to explore our potential and consider our possibilities. She inspires us to take action. We can and must do this daily, even in the most challenging situations, to fulfill our potential." Nancy
Wolfi
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“Dorothy has given me a deeper sense of strength and advocating for one’s self. Truly magical.” Wolfi
Kerri D. Schuiling, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
Provost & VPAA Northern MI University
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“Dorothy is quite the woman! Great news about her book. She is such a wonderful role model...and a good person.” Kerri