Had a wonderful phone interview with Author Jeff Katz. Jeff is writing a book about Baseball and Ballet. I have a nine inning ballet called “PlayBall” that has been performed by different companies all over America since the year 2000. The interview with Jeff was great and I thought I would ask him to pass on some information on his book for my reader. Please check it out below.
The Traveling Ballet Master
Hi Again Christopher!
Here is a short “teaser” about Plie Ball! Baseball and Dance. Hopefully, this will make a nice addition to your blog
Links between baseball and dance have been observed by writers and those who participate in either dance or baseball (or both) for almost as long as baseball has been played in the United States. Dancer Gene Kelly, for example, described the baseball play of Mickey Mantle as “beautiful, rhythmic,” while former ballet and college baseball star, Edward Villella, commented that the fielding prowess of third baseman, Graig Nettles, was “as graceful and as lovely as the best of classical dance.” In terms of movement, timing and preparation, physical and psychological injuries, focus and concentration, the pursuit of excellence, and the simultaneous love and fear on the part of dancers and players of those who attend the performance (or game), the connections between baseball and dance are strong and far-reaching.
The book, Plié Ball! Baseball and Dance in America, will explore the connections between these two disciplines in almost every conceivable way, with plenty of rich and exciting illustrations to complement the text.
And, once again, here is the link to my Kickstarter fundraising site, where anyone can provide funding for the project (assisting with research and copyright fees) and receive great “thank you” rewards for their donations! Please note that only two weeks remain for fundraising (the deadline for donations through Kickstarter is March 27, although people can certainly contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if they are interested in funding the project after the March 27 deadline):
OK, Christopher, that’s it for now! Thank you so much again for your incredible support and generosity. I cannot tell you how grateful I am. Please let me know if there is any additional information that you need from me and please let me know if there is any additional information that you would like to share in terms of our interview. And, of course, if you think that it may be possible for me to do a “Plie Ball!” presentation in Philadelphia or Boca Raton, just let me know and we can figure out a way to make it happen!
All good wishes,