"Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig" Dances at Charleston Elementary Schools

Press Release

Charleston Elementary schools are enjoying a special presentation of ballet and book fun when dancers from the Ballet Academy of Charleston take center stage at the schools’ gymnasiums and cafeterias.

The ballet and book events are inspired by a ballet picture book, Gwendolyn, The Graceful Pig, authored by David Ira Rottenberg who will read his book at the performances. During the reading, the ballerinas will dance out the story. After the reading and dance performance, the dancers and Rottenberg will answer questions from the audience.

Picture book author, David Rottenberg, contacted Ballet Academy of Charleston Director Corina Fimian about offering the event in Charleston schools and she was immediately enthusiastic.

“Nothing delights us more than the opportunity to work with artists in other genres and educate young children about the joys of ballet and reading,” Fimian said.

Rottenberg has been performing Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig in libraries and elementary schools all over the East Coast from Maine to Florida.

“The combination of story and dance works well with children,” Rottenberg said. “Children have a natural connection to both and are very excited to see real ballerinas and an author. They get to listen and watch the story unfold through dance. It’s quite fun.”

Gwendolyn, The Graceful Pig tells the tale of two friends, Gwendolyn and Omar, who both want to learn ballet. There is just one problem— they’re both pigs!

The performances are being provided by Ballet Academy of Charleston to the Charleston Schools for free and Rottenberg is offering personalized autographs to any parent who wishes to purchase a book for their child.

The performance schedule is as follows: 
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 
  • 8:30 am Orange Grove Charter School
  • 10:00 am Midland Park 11:20am Ashley Hall
  • 1:00 pm James Island Elementary
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 
  • 9:00 am St Andrew's School of Math and Science
  • 9:45 am St. Andrews’ School of Math and Science (2nd group)
  • 11:00 am Blessed Sacrament Catholic School 1:00pm Harbor View Elementary

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