Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

February 14, 2013

Story, dancing event at library for budding ballerinas


The Andover Townsman

---- — Young ballet lovers may enjoy three times the fun at Memorial Hall Library on Friday, Feb. 22 at 11 a.m.. They can hear a story about “the world’s two danciest pigs,” watch ballerinas and even get a dance lesson.

Picture book author David Ira Rottenberg will read his tale “Gwendolyn Goes Hollywood,” while ballerinas from the Helene Joy School of Dance perform the story. As an added treat, a mini-movement lesson will be offered to the children in the audience after the performance, and Rottenberg will sign copies of his book.

Rottenberg, contacted Helene Joy School of Dance Artistic Director Helene Joy Chapman about offering the event in local libraries, and the combo has been performing shows throughout the North Shore.

“Our dancers love performing and the school loves collaborating with Mr. Rottenberg. His ‘Gwendolyn’ books give us a way to share both dance and a love of reading with young people,” Chapman said in a release.

“Gwendolyn Goes Hollywood” aims to tell a fun adventure story about pigs Gwendolyn and Omar, who head to Hollywood hoping to become musical stars thanks to their dancing and singing.

The Feb. 22 event is free. Cameras are welcome at Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St. in downtown Andover.