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Author and Ballet Company Visits Northside School

November 01, 2017

Pictured (L to R) are Ms. Bartucci, the ballet performers, and the author, David Rottenberg
Pictured (L to R) are Ms. Bartucci, the ballet performers, and the author, David Rottenberg

The kindergarten, first, and second grade students at Northside School were inspired by a special assembly program. They heard David Ira Rottenberg read his book, Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig, to them while dancers from the Eglevsky Ballet Company performed a ballet dance interpretation of the story.

The story-line was endearing as the characters revealed themselves in their dance. Gwendolyn, a pig, wanted to be a ballerina. Her friend, Owen, also a pig, wanted to be a football player, but was too clumsy to make the team. With the help of Natasha, the famous ballet teacher, and lots of practice, they both got more coordinated and graceful. Owen made the football team and Gwendolyn became a ballerina. The story showed that we can all be whatever we want as long as we try.

After the performance, the children asked questions and spoke with the author, the ballerinas, and Melissa Bartucci who choreographed the dance moves to match David Rottenberg's story.

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