Friday, November 28, 2014
MY BALLET JOURNAL: for young ballerinas!
My first ballet project: an activity book to help inspire, motivate and encourage young ballet students. I made this with alot of help from my dancing daughter, Lydia, corps de ballet member of New York City Ballet.
My Ballet Journal is aimed for girls ages 6 and up. There are pages about ballet class, steps and positions (with space for corrections and goals of course!) and lots more: my performances, my hair, my make-up, tutus, and ... "Oops! Everyone make mistakes sometimes."
I have always loved going to NYCB. And I started bringing Lydia to performances when she was very young. She didn't want to just watch, she wanted to dance herself, and so she started ballet classes when she was seven at the School of American Ballet. Now she is 24 years old and is in her seventh year with the company.
Tonight the annual run of the Nutcracker opens here in New York at Lincoln Center. After many years in NYCB's production as a student and now as a company member, Lydia is getting close to dancing in 400 performances of Balanchine's Nutcracker. Hard work and the need for encouragement never stops!
We hope young ballet students have fun keeping this journal - that they will fill it with their experiences and special memories of dancing, and keep it for years to come. We hope they pirouette to their dreams!
Here is the link directly to Dover Publications online store - where you can find My Ballet Journal and other projects I have done for them.