Ballet Fun at Barnes & Noble in Warwick

Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig to be Read
Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig to be Read

A perfect day of ballet fun for the budding dancers and story lovers in your family will be held on Wednesday, December 16th at 6 PM when the Festival Ballet Providence brings its ballerinas to perform and read at the Warwick, Barnes & Noble. Inspired by their favorite childhood stories, the dancers of FBP will bring one of literature’s most beloved children’s characters to life, Pippi Longstocking. A dancer dressed as Pippi Longstocking will be present in the store and special events, including a full range of dance activities based on the Pippi Longstocking books, will take place from 6 PM to 8:30 PM. As an added treat, at 7 PM a dancer will read a brand new children’s story, Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig by David Ira Rottenberg with illustrations by Lesley Anderson. Mr. Rottenberg will be on hand to answer questions and sign copies of his book.

Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig tells the tale of two friends, Gwendolyn and Omar, who have big dreams. Gwendolyn longs to dance ballet, and Omar wants to join the football team. There is just one problem— they’re both pigs!

For any adult or child who wishes to learn how Natasha Levertov, “the greatest teacher of dance in ze vorld,” helps make Gwendolyn’s and Omar’s dreams come true and see Pippi Longstocking through the magic lens of dance, as well as meet real ballerinas and a children story author, it is only necessary to come to the Warwick Barnes & Noble. Be sure to bring your cameras!

Barnes & Noble is hosting this wonderful event in its continuing efforts to help sustain and grow the Providence arts community. As part of its commitment, Barnes & Noble is contributing a percentage of every sale made by customers with special bookfair vouchers, or who simply identify themselves as supporters of the Festival Ballet Providence.

Barnes and Noble is particularly pleased to support The Festival Ballet Providence which is one the country’s top regional ballet companies, performing both modern and classical ballets, including the perennial Christmas favorite, the Nutcracker. The Festival Ballet Providence also serves as a vital center for dance education for both children and adults. Through its Educational Outreach program the company provides a series of ballets specifically for children. As part of this years 2009/2010 season, the FBP is performing a ballet based on Pippi Longstocking at the intimate FBP Black BOX Theater in March. Its December production of the Nutcracker will be held at the Providence Performing Arts Center.

For more information on this free Barnes & Noble event contact: The Festival Ballet Providence, 825 Hope St, Providence, RI | 401-353-1129

When: Wednesday, December 16th beginning at 6 PM.

Where: Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 1350 Bald Hill Rd, Warwick, RI 02886-4263, (401) 826-8885

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