ALL ARTS, the free broadcast and digital platform dedicated to the arts, announced today a new partnership with Isabella Boylston and her Ballerina Book Club. Boylston, best known for her role as principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre in New York, is one of the world’s most popular dancers as well as an avid reader. ALL ARTS will enhance her monthly book club through new digital content, including original videos, a monthly newsletter, author interviews with Boylston and ongoing editorial support.
The first Ballerina Book Club selection with ALL ARTS is The City We Became by New York Times-bestselling and three-time Hugo Award-winning author N. K. Jemisin. Boylston will present an interview with the author, featuring reader questions, on August 20, and host the first Instagram live book club discussion on August 26.
The book club will also feature additional author interviews with special guests each month, including a video interview with Misty Copeland on September 18. Copeland will be discussing her memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina; her picture book with Christopher Myers, Firebird; and her upcoming children’s book, Bunheads, slated to release September 29 from G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers.
“We are honored to partner with one of the world’s most talented dancers to encourage reading and share intimate conversations with authors,” said Diane Masciale, co-executive in charge of ALL ARTS. “Our audience has a strong interest in both dance and literature, and Isabella has formed a truly unique personal connection with her audience. We are excited to join our resources to expand the reach of the Ballerina Book Club.”
“I wanted to find a way to connect with my fans over something other than ballet,” said Boylston. “Growing up, I was always a huge book worm, and I loved escaping into the pages of another world in the same way I loved to lose myself in the daily movements of ballet class. Now, I often turn to literature to inform my portrayals of the different characters I get to play on stage. Often, people have the misconception that dancers aren’t intellectually curious, but I’ve found the opposite to be true. My favorite genres are fantasy and sci-fi, but Ballerina Book Club will bring you an eclectic lineup of books and special guests. I hope that together, we can spark thoughtful and productive conversations.”
She adds, “You do not need to be a dancer to join Ballerina Book Club, everyone is welcome! All you need is an open book and an open mind!”
Readers can head to allarts.org/ballerina-book-club-newsletter to sign up for the newsletter.