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Ballet Appreciation - The Surprising Side of Ballet

Three dancers in baseball uniforms hold baseballs over their headsMondays, June 5 - 19
1:30 - 3:00 pm 

Series: $40; Drop-in: $16 +CIF/HST
With Katherine Barber, Canada’s Word Lady
Did you know that some ballets were inspired by popular music like ragtime, The Andrews Sisters or The Rolling Stones? Or that some ballets have comedic moments? We will learn that ballet is not always what we think.
June 5: Ballet Laughs
June 12: Ballet Goes Pop!
June 19: The Joy of Dance

Romance, escapism, beauty, athleticism -- those are ballet's acknowledged fortes. But comedy? Surprisingly, there are more hilarious moments in ballet than you might expect.
Ballet isn't always performed to classical music. From ragtime to the Rolling Stones, from the Andrews Sisters to Sinatra, some of ballet's most enjoyable repertoire has been inspired by popular music.
The most joyful moments in the ballet repertoire, which will make you feel as elated as the performers.

a woman smiles at the camera while signing a bookKatherine Barber, known as “Canada’s Word Lady”, is a Canadian lexicographer, which is defined as the scholarly discipline of analyzing and describing the semantic, syntagmatic and paradigmatic relationships within the lexicon (vocabulary) of a language. Katherine was a lecturer at the School of Translation and Interpretation at the University of Ottawa, a research associate with the Bilingual Canadian Dictionary project at the University of Ottawa, and she was the Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Dictionaries for the Oxford University Press in Canada from 1991 to 2008.
Katherine is also the author of “Only in Canada You Say: A Treasury of Canadian Language”, as well as the best-selling book “Six Words You Never Knew Had Something to Do with Pigs and Other Fascinating Facts About the Language from Canada's Word Lady”, which includes over 500 intriguing word histories.
Katherine has had over 200 speaking engagements across Canada and the United States in the last 10 years, including at the: Government of Ontario, Government of Canada, University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, Ryerson LIFE Institute and The National Ballet of Canada. At the Miles Nadal JCC, Katherine has given the lectures Yiddish and Hebrew are Alive and Well and Living in... English and Jewish Contributions to the World of Ballet. For more information, please visit

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