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Ballet Dancers Team up With Children’s Author to Bring Performances to Students
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Ballet Dancers Team up With Children’s Author to Bring Performances to Students

Two of the best creative arts for kids – ballet and children’s books – come together this spring during an hour-long program for elementary school students in Gorham, Portland and Scarborough.

Young dancers from Maine State Ballet in Falmouth are teaming up with picture book author David Ira Rottenberg to create unique performances for the students. The author will read his book, Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig, while the ballerinas dance and act out the story. It tells the tale of Gwendolyn, who longs to dance ballet, and her friend Omar, whose dream is to play football. After the performances, the Maine State Ballet dancers and the author will answer questions from students.

Performances will be held on March 27 at Blue Point, Eight Corners and Pleasant Hill primary schools in Scarborough; and on April 11 at Hall and Reiche elementary schools in Portland, and at Great Falls Elementary School in Gorham.

“Our dancers love to perform for children, and Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig is a perfect vehicle,” said Linda MacArthur Miele, Artistic Director at Maine State Ballet. Her organization is comprised of a school and a professional dance company. Part of their mission is to enrich Maine communities through the arts. “David has written a great story about achieving your dreams and this is a great way for kids to be inspired. They love the story and they love the way it’s told through words and dance.”

Rottenberg has performed Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig with dancers in libraries and elementary schools along the East Coast, including Boston, New York City and Miami. “Children have a natural connection to both stories and dance, and everywhere I go it’s great to hear their laughter and applause,” Rottenberg says. He is providing autographed copies of his book to any parent who wishes to purchase one.

 

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