September 30, 2019

It was an honor to participate in the 2019 History Book Festival in Lewes, Delaware. The History Book Festival is the first and only book festival in the United States devoted exclusively to history. On Friday, September 27, I had a fun author visit with more than 100 students at Rehoboth Elementary School. Then on Saturday, Septembe...

August 31, 2019

Throughout the summer, it has been an honor to meet children, parents, teachers, and librarians at Brave Ballerina book signings along the Delaware coast. I gave presentations about ballet history and the fierce determination of Janet Collins. In addition to reading Brave Ballerina, we danced! Sharing some of my favorite event photos...

July 13, 2019

I am looking forward to participating in the Books & Ballet event at Books of Wonder bookstore (18th Street) in New York City on Sunday, July 21, 3 - 5 p.m. I'll discuss and sign BRAVE BALLERINA: The Story of Janet Collins as part of a panel, which will include Monica Wellington, author-illustrator of Dear Ballerina; Lydia Wellington...

May 16, 2019

The library is my absolute favorite place on the planet! So I'm thrilled to be giving a book presentation and reading at the Pre-Summer Book Party at Lewes Library in Delaware on Saturday, June 1st, 10 a.m. - 12 noon. This event will feature light refreshments, free books for kids, library card sign-ups, and registration for the Doll...

January 3, 2019

In December 2018, my husband and I had the pleasure of visiting the Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York City. Anna Glass, executive director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, gave us a fantastic tour. It was so interesting to see rehearsals and other activities happening in the various studios.

At the Dance Theatre of Harlem School’s ho...

October 9, 2018

One of the reasons I decided to write BRAVE BALLERINA: The Story of Janet Collins -- I would have loved to read a beautifully illustrated picture book about Janet Collins when I was a little girl. It's so important for children to see role models who look like them -- doing amazing things and going after their dreams. I hope my book...

August 3, 2018

Growing up in Washington D.C., I was fortunate to see professional ballerinas perform on stage at the Kennedy Center. I have my mother to thank. I remember the excitement I felt seeing ballerinas with brown skin – princesses who looked like me!

Historically, classical ballet has emphasized uniformity, especially in the corps de ballet...

July 5, 2018

While working on the picture book biography, Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins, I was struck by the graceful images of Janet’s first cousin, Carmen de Lavallade. Carmen’s beauty, elegance, and passion for dance shine through every photo. Here are five things I find most fascinating:

1. Janet Collins, the first African-A...

June 10, 2018

My love of ballet started as a young child in the 1970s when I took ballet classes for a couple of years at the Jones-Haywood Dance School on Delafield Place in Washington D.C. (formerly the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet.) This is a picture of me with my big brother after a ballet recital.

I have always been an amateur dancer; I just...

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