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Let me introduce myself... I'm Adrienne, the daughter of Giannina Mooney.  Many of you knew her as the welcome person for the forum for several years.  She passed away in 2016.  Your kind words about her were very important to our family at that time.

My siblings and I are now in the position of dividing up her ballet-related videos and books.  There are many!  If you were a friend or confidant and think that she had a video or book you would appreciate, let me know and I'll see if it's still on her shelf.

We are all at a loss on how to appreciate her collection so I'll be browsing the discussions to learn more about ballet.  Right now I'm looking at her books about Margot Fonteyn.  She was one of mom's earliest favorites in dance, based on her collection.  

 

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Hi Gianna’s daughter. I remember reading so many of your mom’s comments here at Ballet Talk. She is definitely missed! I direct a small, pre-professional Ballet school and we have a library for our dancers containing both books, old copies of Dancemagazines and video and DVD’s that they are allowed to check out. After you give items away, if you have anything left over that you can’t find a home for, I know our young dancers would love to have access to some new/old material. I hope that you are able to give your items to your mother’s contacts, but if you can’t get rid of everything I would be happy to pay any shipping costs. If you would rather stay local, I’m sure many other Ballet schools also offer the same. Best of luck, and I wish you well in your journey to find out more information on the wonderful art that is ballet!

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I do have some Dancemagazines, I think.  My mom also made DVD copies of her VHS performances 😉 she labelled the DVDs and reproduced the cover art from the VHS for the DVD!  It's been a lot of work cataloguing her ballet videos, but a good trip down memory lane.  I read a post on this forum about Makarova... ah me, I used to argue with her about how Makarova was supposed to keep up with the music, not change it to fit herself.

 

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Welcome to the neighborhood -- I remember your mother as well, and I imagine she'd be tickled that you're here.

I used to teach dance history, and so if you've got questions about where to find information, this community will be happy to help.  But for right now, starting with Fonteyn will introduce you to all kinds of works and all sorts of artists.  She had a long career, knew so many people, and was "there" for an amazing amount of 20th c ballet.  Follow whatever strikes your fancy right now.

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On 6/16/2020 at 3:59 PM, Fraildove said:

Hi Gianna’s daughter. I remember reading so many of your mom’s comments here at Ballet Talk. She is definitely missed! I direct a small, pre-professional Ballet school and we have a library for our dancers containing both books, old copies of Dancemagazines and video and DVD’s that they are allowed to check out. After you give items away, if you have anything left over that you can’t find a home for, I know our young dancers would love to have access to some new/old material. I hope that you are able to give your items to your mother’s contacts, but if you can’t get rid of everything I would be happy to pay any shipping costs. If you would rather stay local, I’m sure many other Ballet schools also offer the same. Best of luck, and I wish you well in your journey to find out more information on the wonderful art that is ballet!

I have copies of the following magazines from her: Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance International (only a few copies), Ballet Review, and a few of the Covent Garden ballet magazine.  I am happy to send the Dance Magazines right away.  Not sure how to exchange mailing information... let me know!  Also couldn't figure out how to message you privately, sorry!

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