October 26th, 2015

Peabody Dance Visits Cecil County

Peabody alumna Lillian MooreFrom Europe to South America to Asia, ballet has placed its demi-pointe almost everywhere in the world, starting in the Italian Renaissance during the 1500s.

However, ballet’s influence reached America much later—nearly 400 years later. There was only one professional ballet company by the late 1800s. One of the earliest dance companies was Peabody Dance, established by the Peabody Institute at John Hopkins in December 1914.

The school was a trailblazer for dance—it was the first location besides New York City to offer training associated with the Russian Imperial Ballet School. In 1942, the ballet program was formally introduced. Currently, the Peabody School of Dance teaches ballet and contemporary courses for children and adults. It is also home to the amazing Estelle Dennis Tuition-Free Training Program for Boys, which funds up to 25 boys for a year of professional training.

This year, Peabody Dance celebrates its 100th anniversary. To commemorate its centennial, the institute is having events to educate, inspire, and entertain the public.

On Friday, October 30th at 6 pm, join us at the Elkton branch library to hear Lisa Green-Cudek, a faculty member from Peabody Dance and Loyola University of Maryland, give an interactive lecture about the Peabody School of Dance and the evolution of dance through 100 years of Maryland history.

A free performance by the dancers from the Peabody Dance/Estelle Dennis Tuition-Free Boys Program will be held at the Cecil College Elkton Station on Sunday, November 8th, at 2pm. Please call 410-996-5600 x 481 to reserve tickets.

While you’re getting ready for the events, brush up on your dance history! Apollo’s Angels offers an entertaining and comprehensive history on ballet. Or get an inside look in the dance word with Dance Anecdotes: Stories from the Worlds of Ballet, Broadway, the Ballroom, and Modern Dance.

Misty Copeland, the first African-American Female Principal Dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, has a captivating memoir out: Life in Motion. She has also penned a children’s book, Firebird.

Pick up your child a fun ballet-themed movie like Olivia Takes Ballet, Ballet Shoes, or Barbie in the Nutcracker. Young readers may enjoy the Sugar Plum Ballerinas series. Or, they may want to try out their own moves in a Just Dance videogame for various gaming systems.

If you want to watch a movie, consider some of our collection’s DVDs: Step Up, which is set in Baltimore, Maryland; Footloose and Dirty Dancing, classics that are always fun to re-watch; and Every Little Step, a documentary about the audition process for the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line.

Other movies about dance are available on Hoopla, the library’s online platform to watch movies and TV shows, and listen to audiobooks or read e-books on your tablet, smartphone, or computer. Watch the documentary Dancing Across Borders, which follows the story of a young Cambodian man who joins the School of American Ballet, or Honey, featuring Jessica Alba as a struggling hip-hop dancer.

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October 19th, 2015

Who are the Best of the Baddies?


The Friends of the Cecil County Public Library invite you to a frightfully good evening at 7:00pm on October 24th at Minihane’s Irish pub and Restaurant in Elkton. We are holding a dinner fundraiser to celebrate the birthday of author Anne Rice (which actually falls on October 4) and to debate which group is the best of the baddies: Vampires or Witches?

Anne Rice is the author of the “Vampire Chronicles” and the “Mayfair Witches Collection,” hence our theme. Much of the action for these novels takes place in Anne Rice’s home town of New Orleans, so you will notice a distinct Cajun/Creole emphasis to the menu, which can be found by clicking here.

The evening will kick-off with a welcome beverage, followed by a four-course meal with beer and wine pairings. The price is $60 per person, which includes all of the items listed on the menu, along with beverage pairings, tax, gratuity, and a donation to The Friends.

We’ll award prizes throughout the evening, and there will be trivia and competitions, so be prepared to challenge your dining companions! Costumes are optional, but encouraged.

Advanced reservations are required. Reservations may be made directly through Minihane’s in person or by phone at (410) 996-0047.  Please make your reservations early, as space is limited!

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