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Ballet Class: A Virtual Conversation with Author Melissa Klapper

August 18 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Did you know that the JCC’s beloved group fitness instructor, Melissa Klapper, is also an award-winning author? When she’s not putting us through our paces at the J, Klapper is professor of history and director of Women’s & Gender Studies at Rowan University. She is the author of “Jewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920” (NYU, 2005); “Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925” (Ivan R. Dee, 2007); and “Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women’s Activism, 1890-1940” (NYU, 2013), which won the National Jewish Book Award in Women’s Studies.

Her most recent book, “Ballet Class: An American History”​ (Oxford, 2020), charts ballet’s rise to prominence among America’s most cherished childhood traditions. Drawing on a wide variety of materials, including children’s books, memoirs by professional dancers and choreographers, pedagogy manuals, and dance periodicals, in addition to archival collections and oral histories, this pathbreaking study provides a deeply-researched national perspective on the history and significance of recreational ballet class in the United States and its influence on many facets of children’s lives, including gender norms, consumerism, body image, children’s literature, extracurricular activities, and popular culture.

Join us for a compelling and engaging conversation with Klapper via Zoom. A Zoom link will be sent to you prior to the event.

Event ticket: $12 – benefits the JCC’s Sustainability Fund. The fund provides masks and other critical supplies for JCC staff and programs. For free tickets, use the discount code: BALLETCLASS


August 18
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Kaiserman JCC


Kaiserman JCC
45 Haverford Road
Wynnewood, PA 19096 United States
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