Stoneleigh-Burnham School Advanced Dancers have been invited to perform an original dance at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst on February 14 as part of the museum’s day-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of the book Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans.
SBS dancers will perform “Madeline,” choreographed by Ann Sorvino, dance teacher and chair of the Performing Arts Department. The dancers will go on stage at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 14 at the museum.
In the dance, SBS senior Qianqian Li appears as Miss Clavell, seventh grader Ellie Flynn is Madeline, seventh grader Beatrice Brynda portrays the tiger, and tenth grader Star Stryker depicts the doctor. The rest of the group star as the “twelve little girls in two straight lines.”
Sorvino said she and the dancers are honored to be part of the celebration in honor of Bemelmans. “The dance performance was approved by the estate of the author,” Sorvino noted. “The students are very excited to be a part of this event.”
The retrospective exhibition “Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans,” is on view through February 22. Drawings from each of the six Madeline books will be on view, plus a cross-section of Bemelmans’ other artwork for children and adults, as well as memorabilia.