Dr. Melissa Klapper is a 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.
Dr. Klapper’s 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 Melissa via Zoom!
$12 Event Ticket (A Zoom link will be sent to you prior to the event)
Benefits the JCC Sustainability Fund. The Fund provides masks and other critical supplies for JCC staff and programs.
FREE tickets are available by using the discount code – BALLETCLASS
September 10, 2020
7:30pm - 8:30pm
Kaiserman Jewish Community Center
45 Haverford Road
Wynnewood, PA 19096