If You Can See Her, You can Be Her

In two contexts this week, I was reminded of the for children to see people who look like themselves in order to imagine their own capabilities. The first was a piece on NPR about the downturn in the number of female college sports coaches and assistant coaches. During that radio segment, one of the guests … Continue reading

Lovely Picture Book Tribute to the “Madeline” Books: Miss Lina’s Ballerinas

Two Gems for Dancing, Book-Loving Families Miss Lina’s Ballerinas and Miss Lina’s Ballerinas and the Prince Pay Homage to Ludwig Bemelman’s Madeline Books Even casual acquaintances of the beloved Madeline series may remember well the famous opening rhyme: In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines Lived twelve little girls in two … Continue reading

An Ode to Dancing Moms

A Photographic Celebration of Ballerina Moms… Just in Time for Mother’s Day!  Do you know a dancing or dance-loving mom? Take note! A moving collection of behind-the-scenes black-and-white photos of ballerina moms and their babies has recently been published–and it is gorgeous. The Collection, Balancing Acts: Three Prima Ballerinas Becoming Mothers, is the culmination of … Continue reading

Tutus Old and Tutus New – Video Picks

Web Video Candy for Tutu Lovers Luckily for dance and costume aficionados, Vimeo and YouTube are filled with short, behind-the-scenes videos from dance companies around the globe.    Here are two tutu treats–one showing the creation of a new costume for Firebird at Salt Lake City’s Ballet West… …and the other showing how New York … Continue reading

Sydney Studio Doing Pre-Ballet (and marketing) Right

Found: Big Steps Little Feet An Australian Dance Studio with an Inspiring Focus on Creative and Brain-Based Dance for Pre-Schoolers (and some really catchy marketing materials) After wasting a few moments of my life on a bogus top ten list for why some mom was enrolling her kid in pre-ballet, I found a gem of … Continue reading

Philadelphia Chickens: The Imaginary Children’s Broadway Musical Revue that I Could Play on Repeat

A torch song to chocolate chip cookies. A diva’s belting song about the pleasure of being contrary. A jazzy pajama time dance party. There is a lot to love about Philadelphia Chickens: A Too-Illogical Zoological Musical Revue from Sandra Boynton and Micheal Ford!!! From Amazon.com: Grammy nominee. #1 New York Times bestseller. And, with 960,000 … Continue reading

Misty Copeland’s Picture Book

Misty Copeland is Keeping Her Name (and classical ballet) Hot with the Upcoming Publication of Her Children’s Book: Firebird Misty Copeland became a household name with her recent commercial for Under Armour….check out the end of this post if you haven’t seen the ad yet…and it looks like this ballerina’s fame is only expanding. I … Continue reading

Ballet for Bonding with Baby

Ballet and Babywearing? Yes! Parenthood and adult ballet classes are each intimidating in and of themselves…but apparently together they are magic! Below is a link to a KSL Utah news segment reporting on one such class…Ballet with Baby Utah…and how naturally the babies are responding to the mother’s movements. Watch it here!  Ballet with Baby … Continue reading

Treasure Chest of Ailey Videos

Tonight I am attending a concert of my absolutely favorite dance company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Seeing a performance of Alvin Ailey is like coming home for me. You can bring Ailey inspiration wherever you have internet connection by watching excerpts of the company and their school on the richly populated Alvin Ailey Vimeo … Continue reading

Nutcracker Apps – For Apple & Android

Here are two apps–the first for Apple and Android, the second for Apple only–worthy of a child’s imagination. Nutcracker App #1 The Nutcracker Musical Storybook    from Mouse King Media  Find this App for: iPhone/iPad, Kindle, &  Nook. The Nutcracker Musical Storybook is a gorgeous digital book with Edward Gorey-ish drawings, pleasingly simple animation on each page, and … Continue reading

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