September 1, 2011… The National Ballet of Canada’s Principal Dancer Sonia Rodriguez, together with husband Kurt Browning, introduces T is for Tutu: A Ballet Alphabet, a new book on ballet for children aged 6 – 10 years old. Published by Sleeping Bear Press, the book explores the art and history of ballet and is illustrated by American artist Wilson Ong.
This is the first book that Ms. Rodriguez has written. Co-author and husband Mr. Browning also wrote A is for Axel: An Ice Skating Alphabet. The couple lives in Toronto, Ontario with their two young children, Gabriel and Dillon.
T is for Tutu: A Ballet Alphabet is now available for sale across North America for $18.95.
Born in Toronto, Ms. Rodriguez grew up in Spain, studying dance in Madrid with Pedro de la Cruz and at the Princess Grace Academy in Monaco. She joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1990 and has been a Principal Dancer since 2000. Ms. Rodriguez’s repertoire with the National Ballet includes principal roles in Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle and Onegin. She created the title role in James Kudelka’s Cinderella and Princess Vasilisa in The Firebird.
The 2011/12 Season is presented by CTV and The Globe and Mail.
Celebrating 60 Years of Partnership with The Volunteer Committee, The National Ballet
The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the City of Toronto through the Economic Development & Culture Department; the Government of Canada through the Honourable James Moore, Minister, the Department of Canadian Heritage; the Government of Ontario; the Ontario Arts Foundation; the Ontario Trillium Foundation; and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.