Friday, September 30, 2016

Media Release: The Ballet Glider by KAS


The Ballet Glider by KAS, the new essential accessory for ballet dancers and those who use a ballet barre for their exercise regimens, is now available in several New York City dance shops and online, according to inventor Kathryn Sullivan, one of New York’s prominent ballet teachers, and a former professional dancer on both sides of the Atlantic.

“I created Ballet Gliders in 2012 to help my students during ballet barre exercises, since they help with sliding, and easing one’s hand grip”, says Sullivan, who adds that Ballet Gliders are practical, light enough to carry in a dance bag, and come in a variety of colors and patterns.

“Our Ballet Gliders are designed and hand-sewn in New York” notes Sullivan.”Each ballet glider is 7” wide and 9 1/2” tall, when opened; and made of plush fleece. They can be machine-washed on a delicate cycle and line-dried. The Ballet Glider website features a video  demonstration of the Ballet Glider, along with the most popular styles, although many styles are available. For details:

Sullivan added that all orders placed before December 10, 2016m will be delivered before Christmas.

Ballet Glider creator Kathryn Sullivan currently teaches ballet at STEPS on Broadway, the Peridance Capezio Center, and the Joffrey Contemporary Summer Intensive, as well as at Barnard College at Columbia University. She has taught ballet in New York City for over twenty-five years; and many of her students perform in major dance companies and on Broadway, or are now teachers .Sullivan was a professional ballet dancer for many years, performing with the Boston Ballet, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens, Connecticut Ballet, and Les Ballet de Nancy. 

Ballet Gliders are available in many major Manhattan dance shops, including Capezio at 1650 Broadwayat West 51st Street, The Peridance Capezio Center at 126 East 13th Street; STEPS on Broadway Boutique at 2121 Broadway at West 74th Street; On Stage Dancewear at 197 Madison Avenue; and Sansha at 888,Eighth Avenue. Ballet Gliders are also available online at For further information, contact


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Westfield News Group Arts Beat 9/27/16

My Westfield News Group Arts Beat 928/16. Berkshires native Michael Wartella plays Mickey Rooney in Chasing Rainbows at Goodspeed, WAM and BTG present The Bakelite Masterpiece premiere and more.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Westfield News Group Review: Alan Cumming at the UMass Fine Arts Center

My Westfield News Group review of Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs at the UMass Fine Arts Center. Triumphant on every level.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Westfield News Arts Beat 9/21/16

My Westfield News Group Arts Beat 9/21/16. Barrington Stage and TheaterWorks in Hartford present works by Mark St. Germain, Springfield Symphony season opens with Tchaikovsky. Alan Cummings plays Amherst and more.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Review: Hartford Stage's Queens For a Year

My Westfield News Group review of Hartford Stage's world premiere, Queens for a Year, an intense and provocative drama about women in the Marines.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Calendar Listings: The Capitol Steps Return to Cambridge, MA on November 26

DATELINE: September 15, 2016
Mike Thornton
Mike Thornton Agency
Mark G. Auerbach
Mark G. Auerbach Public Relations
413-733-7095 or 413-427-7352


The Mike Thornton Agency presents
The Election Show

Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 5PM
Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 8PM

Sanders Theatre
Memorial Hall, Harvard University
45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA.

5PM Performance: :  $45, $41, $35. Student discount: $5 OFF per ticket (limit of 2 tickets with student ID in advance). Student Rush: $15 at door after 3:30PM, subject to availability.

8PM Performance: :  $43, $39, $33. Student and Senior discount: $5 OFF per ticket (limit of 2 tickets with ID in advance). Student Rush: $15 at door after 6:30PM,, subject to availability.

Tickets are on sale at the Harvard Box-Office. For details:  617-496-2222 or

The Capitol Steps have been a national institution for over 35 years, providing a unique blend of musical and political comedy and satire to audiences coast-to-coast.. Each show consists of tasteful lampooning guaranteed to leave both sides of the political spectrum laughing. The troupe started in 1981. Since then, they have appeared on “The Today Show,” “Nightline,” “CBS Evening News” and for many years in specials for NPR. 

If you don't laugh at this election, it will make you cry.  The Capitol Steps promise to put the "MOCK" in Democracy to showcase the craziest election you've ever seen.  If you've ever wanted to see Hillary Clinton belt a show tune, Donald Trump massacre a rock song, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shuffle-off a soft shoe, this might just be the show for you!

To preview some of the Capitol Steps materials, visit their website,,
or find The Capitol Steps on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter (@capsteps)


Note to The Press.

For Capitol Steps publicity photos:

For a copy of The Capitol Steps’ latst CD, “What To Expect When You’re Electing”, or links to broadcast versions of Capitol Steps songs, and other promotional items, please email Mark G. Auerbach at 

Time for a Change ? My September Article for Succeeding in Small Business

Reinvent yourself. My October article for Succeeding in Small Business offers options.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Westfield News Group Arts Beat 9/15/16

My Westfield News Group Arts Beat 9/15/16. New Judy Garland musical at Goodspeed, Shakespeare everywhere and more.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Media Release: WMass Film and Media Exchange October 19


The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative presents the

Video Literacy: What You Need To Tell Your Story
A one day workshop for non-profits and small businesses

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 10AM to 6PM
Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel
One Monarch Place, Springfield, MA

The 3rd Western MA Film and Media Exchange will be a day of workshops and panels to de-mystify the process and enable our smaller businesses to become “video literate.” Attendees will learn about the process of making videos and how to use video to tell their story.  The workshops will cover a variety of topics including: an explanation of the production process, how to write a creative brief (what’s the message of your video), how to make a video to fit your budget, and how to use video effectively in social media and marketing efforts. Workshops will be led by area filmmakers and video professionals, who will share their expertise and answer specific questions from attendees. 

Keynote speaker, Michael Hoffman is the CEO of See3 Communications, a digital marketing agency for nonprofits based in Chicago. He is a leading authority on online video for nonprofits and a long-time consultant to nonprofit leaders on digital fundraising, advocacy and community engagement strategies. Hoffman founded See3 to bring together his belief in the power of the web and his passion and experience with nonprofit fundraising, advocacy, and education. He works closely with organizations such as Make-A-Wish, Alzheimer's Foundation, TripAdvisor Foundation, UJA Federation New York and many others. He is a frequent blogger and tweeter on nonprofit marketing and is an internationally sought-after speaker on topics such as online cause marketing, web video, and social media for social change. 

The Exchange includes breakfast, lunch and will culminate with a networking cocktail party.

Tickets are on sale through Eventbrite using this link,  For information on programs, tickets, and more: Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative at or call:413-528-4223

Sponsors to date include Baystate Health, MassLive, Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Economic Development Council of Western MA, WGBY Public Television for Western New England, New England Public Radio, The Westfield News Group, Mark G. Auerbach Public Relations, Maureen Sullivan Media Group, Imagine Magazine and Jx2 Productions.

The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative (BFMC) is a creative economic engine that supports production and workforce development in Western Massachusetts. BFMC develops educational and workforce enrichment courses, offers networking events for industry professionals, acts as a resource for visiting productions, creates jobs within our communities in the film industry and provides an on- line production guide and locations database as a resource for filmmakers. BFMC was formed in 2009, and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Westfield News Group Arts Beat 9/1/16 #2

My Westfield News Group Arts Beat #2 for 9/1/16. Fall seasons at Barrington Stage, Berkshire Theatre Group, UMass Fine Arts Center.

Westfield News Group Arts Beat 9/1/16

Westfield News Group Arts Beat 9/1/16. World Premiere at Hartford Stage, Kevin Rhodes and the Springfield Symphony, A Spock Anniversary and more.