Tag Archives: Ballet

A Confidence Building Picture Book: Zuri Ray Tries Ballet 

29 Jun

In Zuri Ray Tries Ballet by Tami Charles and illustrated by Sharon Sordo, Zuri is an adventurous kid that is always willing to try new extraordinary things, but not ordinary things. She loves trying these new adventures with her BFFD (best friend from diapers) Jessie Colon. Jessie decides that they should try ballet camp and Zuri is especially nervous to take this adventure on. When the girls are in ballet class the instructor tries to teach the girls the five basic steps of ballet but Zuri just can not catch on as quickly as Jessie. Zuri wants to quit until her dad and the instructor encourage her to be herself. The instructor tells Zuri, “ You don’t have to move or look like everyone else to be a dancer.” This really boosts Zuri’s self esteem and gave her confidence on returning back to class. This Juvenile Picture book is perfect for teaching young children to be confident in who they are and in anything they pursue.  This book is now in the New Juvenile Picture Book section at the Grand Street branch and other BCCLS locations. 

Written By:
Vanetta Rivera
Library Assistant 
Grand Street Branch 

Our Newest Streaming Resource Medici.TV is an Absolute Dream for Classical Music, Opera, and Ballet Fans!

29 Jan

This month, we just debuted our newest streaming resource Medici.TV for our Hoboken resident card holders.  Medici.TV is the world’s leading classical music channel, which includes over 1,800 programs (3,000 original works), including: concerts and archived historical concerts; operas; ballets; documentaries, artist portraits and educational programs; and master classes.  The New York Times has said Medici.TV is “The closest thing to a classical Netflix.”

As a working mom it feels impossible sometimes to get out to see the multitude of ballets, concerts and operas that are going on just across the river so I am particularly excited by the fact that Medici. TV has more than 100 live events are broadcast each year, in partnership with the world’s most prestigious venues, opera houses, festivals and competitions.  So if like me life is keeping you from getting into the city to see live performances, you don’t have to miss out, just tune in to Medici.TV.  If you can’t go to Carnegie Hall, have Carnegie Hall come to you!

I’ve just started exploring all the amazing things that Medici.TV has to offer.  I’m a huge Alice in Wonderland fan so one of the first things I chose to stream was the world premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland.  The opera composed by Unsuk Chin and commissioned by conductor Kent Nagano, features a libretto by David Henry Hwang and Chin.


image from Medici.TV

The opera is just as unique as Lewis Carroll’s original work and puts a fresh spin on the source material.  Despite musically referencing classical composers like Handel, Puccini, and Stravinsky it also includes unusual instruments like musical saws, accordions, and a harmonica.  This was Korean born Chin’s first opera.

Also available for Wonderland fans is Being Alice, a documentary which records Lauren Cuthbertson, who performed Alice in the Royal Ballet’s production of Christopher Wheeldon’s adaptation.  Being Alice follows her as she rehearses and then performs through the season’s final performance.  I really enjoy that with Medici.TV we don’t just get to see performances, but also get insight into what goes on behind them.  If you liked the book Mozart in the Jungle, here’s your chance to get more behind the scene peaks at the actual world of classical music and dance.

Have you streamed anything on Medici.TV?  Let us know what you have enjoyed in the comments!

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Reference

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