This weekend, FBP School will be holding a special fundraiser at Barnes & Noble in Warwick. Funds raised will go toward the Christine Hennessey Scholarship Fund, a need-based tuition assistance program for the FBP School. The fundraiser runs 10:00am-7:00pm on Sunday May 7, 2017 and continues online through May 11, 2017; you must mention the fundraiser at checkout.
We asked company dancers and FBP School faculty to give us some recommendations, for aspiring dancers and lovers of dance.
We encourage you to stop by on Sunday, or shop online next week. It’s also the perfect time to get your Mother’s Day gifts!
Alan Alberto, Company Dancer
Basic Principles of Classical Ballet
By Agrippina Vaganova
This is a book that I purchased years ago, when I started ballet, as a reference to proper technique. I hope this is helpful and inspires.
Valerie Cookson-Botto, Educational Outreach Coordinator
Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina Young Readers Edition
By Misty Copeland
A great biography for young dancers. Recommend for grades 5-9.
Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet
By Gail Grant
My go to dictionary for classical ballet technique.
Honk!: The Story of a Prima Swanerina
by Pamela Duncan Edwards, Henry Cole (Illustrator)
A perfect story for preK-3 dancers. This story has become a beloved part of our outreach program.
by Sarah L. Thomson, Nicoletta Ceccoli (Illustrator), Charles Perrault (Text by)
A beautiful telling of the classic fairytale with the opulence of the high courts of France.
Swan Lake (Vienna State Opera Ballet) DVD
Director: Truck Branss Cast: Rudolf Nureyev, Margot Fonteyn, Natalya Makarova
Watching any and all of the grand ballets performed by the great dancers of all time is always inspiring and educational.
Boyko Dossev, Company Dancer
Man of La Mancha
This is one is one of my all-time favorites. It inspired me when I was a kid, we had it on one of those old music discs, I grew up with it and I am who I am in part thanks to this.
Kirsten Evans, Company Dancer, SDI 2017 Faculty
The Widow’s Broom
By Chris Van Allsburg
Anything by Chris Van Allsburg (obvs), but I’ll definitely be pulling out my copy of The Widow’s Broom soon…
Peter and Wendy: Peter Pan, the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up
By J. M. Barrie
Peter Pan has always been one of my favorites, and now it hold a special place on my bookshelf ;)
Dylan Giles, Company Dancer, Marketing Director
Arlene Croce is arguably the single best writer on dance in the 20th Century. Her insights were at once poignant and arresting, training a penetrating eye unlike any other on a rapidly changing art form.
By Nancy Goldner
This is a great book about choreographic icon George Balanchine. It’s a biography of sorts, told through the lens of his works, from the earliest surviving work Apollo (his eighty fourth piece of choreography!) to the blockbuster Jewels and the jaw dropping Ballo Della Regina. A concise encapsulation of a prolific choreographer.
Debbi Leahy, FBP School Faculty
Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches
By Lindsay Guarino (Editor), Wendy Oliver (Editor)
“A must-read for all dancers as the invaluable historical references and in-depth coverage of the different jazz forms cannot be found in such detail in any other book on the market today.”
An Evening with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (DVD)
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs some of the works that have won them wide acclaim, including “Divining” and “The Stack-Up.” Music is provided by many artists, including Laura Nyro and Alice Coltrane.
Ailey Ascending: A Portrait in Motion
By Alvin Alley America Dance Theater, Andrew Eccles (Photographer), Anna Deavere Smith (Foreword by), Judith Jamison (Preface by)
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, this dazzling book includes both original black and white and full-color photographs by Andrew Eccles.
Revelations: The Autobiography of Alvin Ailey
by Alvin Ailey, A. Peter Bailey
This stunning autobiography relates the powerful story of one man’s painful search for identity despite a lifetime of remarkable achievement.
Marissa Parmenter, Company Dancer, SDI Director, Interim Development Director
Dancing in the Wings
By Debbie Allen, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
Sassy worries that her too-large feet, too-long legs, and even her big mouth will keep her from her dream of becoming a star ballerina. So for now she’s just dancing in the wings, watching from behind the curtain, and hoping that one day it will be her turn to shimmer in the spotlight.
The True Memoirs of Little K: A Novel
By Adrienne Sharp
Exiled in Paris, the frail, elderly Mathilde Kschessinska sits down to write her memoirs. A lifetime ago, she was the vain, ambitious, impossibly charming prima ballerina assoluta of the tsar’s Russian Imperial Ballet in St. Petersburg.
Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina
By Michaela DePrince, Elaine Deprince
The extraordinary memoir of an orphan who danced her way from war-torn Sierra Leone to ballet stardom, most recently appearing in Beyonce’s Lemonade and as a principal in a major American dance company.
The Black Dancing Body: A Geography From Coon to Cool
By B. Gottschild
What is the essence of black dance in America? To answer that question, Brenda Dixon Gottschild maps an unorthodox ‘geography’, the geography of the black dancing body, to show the central place black dance has in American culture.
Ty Parmenter, Company Dancer, FBP School Faculty
A Choreographer’s Handbook
By Jonathan Burrows
A Choreographer’s Handbook invites the reader to investigate how and why to make a dance performance.
by James Howe, Randy Cecil (Illustrator)
My son Miles is always so happy when she gets her shoes.
Gwynn Root, Company Apprentice
This series was one of my favorites… I identified with the younger sister Randy, who was a tomboy and clumsy, and wanted to be a ballet dancer.
Eugenia Zinovieva, Company Dancer
I loved this book when I was a kid.