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Uncover the world of Ballet and Dance with Balancing Pointe Podcast! Host Kimberly Falker interviews the world's top success stories in Ballet and Dance. From dancers, choreographers, writers, photographers and anyone who has "made it" in the world of Ballet and Dance, Kimberly shares their journey to the top and uncover's the secrets to their success.
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Uncover the world of Ballet and Dance with Balancing Pointe Podcast! Host Kimberly Falker interviews the world's top success stories in Ballet and Dance. From dancers, choreographers, writers, photographers and anyone who has "made it" in the world of Ballet and Dance, Kimberly shares their journey to the top and uncover's the secrets to their success.
www.BalancingPointe.com

    245 ~ Soviet Dancers defect to the U.S.

    245 ~ Soviet Dancers defect to the U.S.

    This episode explores the wave of Soviet dancers who defected to the United States and the West during the Cold War.
    Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

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    244 ~ The Dance boom in the United States

    244 ~ The Dance boom in the United States

    This episode is about the dance boom in the United States that lasted from the mid-1960s through the mid-1970s.
    Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

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    243 - Early History of American Ballet Pt 2

    243 - Early History of American Ballet Pt 2

    This is the second of two episodes exploring the early history of American ballet.  This episode covers some important developments at the beginning of the twentieth century that set up the growth of ballet in America.
    Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.
    If you have questions for Melissa you can reach her at BalancingPointe@gmail.com.

    • 15 min
    242 - Early History of American Ballet Pt 1

    242 - Early History of American Ballet Pt 1

    Today is the first of two episodes about the early history of ballet in America.  It covers the colonial period through the late nineteenth century.
    Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.
    If you have questions for Melissa you can reach her at BalancingPointe@gmail.com.

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    241 - Pirouettes from the Past. Ballet in the Movies

    241 - Pirouettes from the Past. Ballet in the Movies

    On today's episode of Pirouettes from the Past, Dr. Klapper explores the history of ballet in the movies. 
    Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.
    If you have questions for Melissa you can reach her at BalancingPointe@gmail.com.

    • 18 min
    240 ~ Pirouettes from the Past. Ballet in Children's Books

    240 ~ Pirouettes from the Past. Ballet in Children's Books

    Today Dr. Klapper discusses the Ballet in children's books.
    Dr. Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She teaches American and women's history, with a focus on the late 19th and early 20th century and additional research interests in the history of childhood, the history of education, and American Jewish history. Dr. Klapper is the author ofJewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press,2013). Her scholarship has been awarded grants and fellowships from an array of sources, including the American Jewish Archives, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Harvard University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.
    If you have questions for Melissa you can reach her at BalancingPointe@gmail.com.
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