Books for the Ballet

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.

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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.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/basic-principles-of-classical-ballet-agrippina-vaganova/1018887376?ean=9780486220369

 

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.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/life-in-motion-misty-copeland/1123673642?ean=9781481479790

 

 

Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet
By Gail Grant

My go to dictionary for classical ballet technique. 

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/technical-manual-and-dictionary-of-classical-ballet-gail-grant/1100927644?ean=9780486218434

 

 

 

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.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/honk-pamela-duncan-edwards/1111741943?ean=9780786812981

Cinderella
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.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cinderella-sarah-l-thomson/1107756321?ean=9780761461708

 

 

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.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dvd-swan-lake-rudolf-nureyev/3627393?ean=0044007340448

 

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.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/man-of-la-mancha/8846608?ean=0886919485622

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…

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/widows-broom-chris-van-allsburg/1101707141?ean=9780395640517

 

 

 

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 ;)

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/peter-and-wendy-j-m-barrie/1117501921?ean=9781468149821

 

 

Dylan Giles, Company Dancer, Marketing Director

Writing in the Dark, Dancing in the New Yorker
By Arlene Croce

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.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/writing-in-the-dark-dancing-in-the-new-yorker-arlene-croce/1102895077?ean=9780813029139

 

Balanchine Variations
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.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/balanchine-variations-nancy-goldner/1101627527?ean=9780813032269

 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.”

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jazz-dance-lindsay-guarino/1115445880?ean=9780813061290

 

 

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.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dvd-an-evening-with-the-alvin-ailey-american-dance-theater-thomas-grimm/3875015?ean=0807280045390

 

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.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ailey-ascending-alvin-alley-america-dance-theater/1120080542?ean=9780811864800

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.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/revelations-alvin-ailey/1112961209?ean=9780806518619

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.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dancing-in-the-wings-debbie-allen/1100734286?ean=9780142501412

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.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/true-memoirs-of-little-k-adreinne-sharp/1100247224?ean=9780312610715

 

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.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/taking-flight-michaela-deprince/1118138587?ean=9780385755146

 

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.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-black-dancing-body-b-gottschild/1123546314?ean=9781403971210

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.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/choreographers-handbook-jonathan-burrows/1100516695?ean=9780415555302

 

 

Brontorina

by James Howe, Randy Cecil (Illustrator)

My son Miles is always so happy when she gets her shoes.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/brontorina-james-howe/1100832769?ean=9780763653231

 

Gwynn Root, Company Apprentice

The Saturdays
By Elizabeth Enright

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.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/saturdays-elizabeth-enright/1102326775?ean=9780312375980

 

 

Eugenia Zinovieva, Company Dancer

Illustrated Ballet Stories
By DK Publishing, Introduction by Darcey Bussell (former Royal Ballet principal)

I loved this book when I was a kid.

 

 

 

 

 

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FBP School Students in YAGP Competition – Results

This past weekend, several FBP School Students participated in the Boston Regional division of the Youth America Grand Prix competition. We are proud of the progress they made over the last several months, dedicating their time and energy to bring these solos and group numbers to the stage. Congratulations to all the participants!

Pre-competitive category

Vanessa Linden
Classical – Talisman
Contemporary – Original piece by Debbi Leahy

Junior category

Amanda Emby
Classical – Odalisque from Le Corsaire
Contemporary – Original piece by Debbi Leahy

Hansine Hernandez
Classical – Fairy Doll
Contemporary – Original piece by Debbi Leahy

Adam Littman Davis
Classical – Satanella
Contemporary – Original piece by Derrick Davis

Senior Category

Madison Couto
Classical – Swanhilda from Coppelia
Contemporary – Original piece by Debbi Leahy

Kathleen Toland
Classical – Variation from Paquita

Hannah Yelnosky
Classical – La Fille mal gardée
Contemporary – Original piece by Jaime DeRocker

ENSEMBLE

Contemporary Ensemble, Original piece by Derrick Davis: Amanda Emby, Abi Evangelista, Hansine Hernandez, Emma Laquinta, Adam Littman Davis, Audrey McCarthy, Anika Toprak, Chazanna Williams

Contemporary Ensemble, Original piece by Debbi Leahy: Brianna Cotter, Madison Couto, Adam Davis, Amanda Emby, Kathleen Toland, Hannah Yelnosky

Additionally, Mia Del Sesto was scheduled to participate but had to withdraw due to injury.

Also, our thanks to the faculty for rehearsing and coaching these variations and group pieces (and for sacrificing a bunch of Sundays in the process)!

Leticia Guerrero
Derrick Davis
Jaime DeRocker
Debbi Leahy
Mary Ann Mayer

All of our students placed in the high 80-90 percentiles. Additionally, here are some of the top finishers from the FBP School:

Adam Davis, 3rd Place (Junior Category) Classical and Contemporary
Vanessa Linden 3rd Place overall (Pre-competitive Category)
Contemporary Ensemble: Brianna Cotter, Madison Couto, Adam Davis, Amanda Emby, Kathleen Toland, Hannah Yelnosky invited to New York Finals

Here are a few shots from the weekend:

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FBP School Students in Connecticut Classic Competition-Results

This past weekend, seven FBP School students traveled to Torrington, Connecticut to participate in the Connecticut Classic Scholarship competition. FBP Artistic Staff and FBP School faculty have been working with the students since October working to prepare the students for this competition and the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) competition that is held next weekend in Boston.

FBP School students Madison Couto, Hannah Yelnosky, Kathleen Toland

We are so very proud of each students’ accomplishments and hard work in the process. The following students each performed a classical variation and were judged by teachers from Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theater and other artists:

Madison Couto – Swanhilda Variation from Coppelia
Amanda Emby
– Variation from Le Corsaire
Hansine Hernandez – Fairy Doll Variation
Vanessa Linden – Talisman Variation
Adam Littman Davis – Variation from Satenella
Kathleen Toland – Variation from Paquita
Hannah Yelnosky– Variation from La fille mal gardee

There were many noteworthy schools and talented students competing from around the region. All of FBP School’s students scored in the high 80-90 percentile, with the following students placing in the top 10.

Vanessa Linden- 3rd place – Youth Division
Adam Littman Davis – 5th place – Junior Division
Madison Couto – 6th place – Senior Division

Congratulations to all of our young and talented dancers! 

(L to R) Student Hannah Yelnosky, FBP School Director Mary Ann Mayer, FBP Ballet Mistress Leticia Guerrero, Students Madison Couto and Kathleen Toland

 

Next weekend these students will join a few other students for the YAGP regional competition in Boston. We will be sending more information regarding this event, in case you would like to livestream some of our dancers performances. If you would like to support our students come to the live event at the John Hancock Hall. Details to follow later this week!

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A Magical Performance

Article by Ruth Davis. Video by Ty Parmenter. Photos by Jonathan D’Amico and Mary Ann Mayer.

There’s been a lot written about the how music, dance and theater have a powerful and therapeutic impact on people with disabilities. If there was ever a great example of this it was during a recent performance of an adaption of Mozart’s The Magic Flute performed on the stage of Trinity Repertory Company. This production included children with Down Syndrome who are part of FBP’s Adaptive Dance program together with children and adults from the Rhode Island chapter of Seven Hills Foundation. The production was written by Seven Hills’ Jonathan D’Amico with choreography by Mary Ann Mayer, FBP’s School Director. It was directed Trinity Rep’s education director Jordan Butterfield.

Photo by Mary Ann Mayer

Both FBP’s Adaptive Dance Program and Seven Hills RI have been recipients of grants by the John E. Fogarty Foundation. The Foundation, founded by Congressman Fogarty in 1964, grants organizations which improve the quality of life for Rhode Islanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Mary Ann and Jonathan met at the Fogarty awards presentation last spring, and began discussing the possibility of collaborating.

FBP’s Adaptive Dance Program was established 10 years ago in partnership with Meeting Street. “The primary goal is for the children to experience the joy of dance and music,” said Mary Ann Mayer, the program’s director, adding, “but it also offers other important benefits. We see children who have improved their coordination, overall fitness, balance, self-esteem, self-expression, teamwork, rhythm, and musicality.” The success of the program is demonstrated by these children every Saturday morning during their weekly classes, and some have even been mainstreamed into other FBP School classes and even into the children’s cast of The Nutcracker and other FPB productions.

Seven Hills Rhode Island is an organization that supports more than 1,000 infants, children and their families, adults, and seniors with various disabilities and life challenges throughout the state. Jonathan began writing theater pieces for Seven Hills about five years ago. He said, “Most of our participants have significant challenges–social, developmental, intellectual or psychological–and we find that this program definitely helps them build social skills, self advocacy, self esteem, and interpersonal skills.” The program challenges the participants to do things they don’t necessarily know how to do or out of their comfort zone.

In The Magic Flute, the younger Adaptive Dance students played young birds of the forest and the older ones played temple guards. They charmed the audiences with their composure and precision. On stage, some participants are accompanied by other student “helpers,” their peers, who coach them and provide them with a sense of confidence. During one of the scenes in the show, one of the children faltered. Her helper entered the stage and gently knelt down next to her, reassured her, and brought her to join the other dancers during the curtain call. They got a resounding round of applause.

Jonathan D’Amico said, “I hope we can continue this wonderful collaboration. The level of preparation, the exquisite choreography and the final execution of by the dancers was extraordinary.”  He added, “Our parents and staff were so impressed. I hope they are inspired to see some of FBP’s performances–our goal has been to expose them to the arts.”

Ruth Davis manages Public Relations for Festival Ballet Providence.
ruthdavisassociates.com

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