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     Book Celebrates Alabama Ballet Dancers and Dogs Given a Second Chance
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Oct. 31, 2016 - Pointe shoes and shih tzus and tu tus and cockapoos; street dogs and dance togs and jetes and setters. "Sit. Stay. Plie." a newly released photo book, celebrates the grit and joy of ballet dancers as they go about their craft with rescue dogs from local shelters and animal rescue groups.
The book, released this week, is an ode to the beauty of Alabama Ballet dancers and the joy of dogs given a second chance.  It celebrates the company's dancers and dogs in a stunning photographic collection featuring the beauty and athleticism of dancers, with the tail-wagging giddiness and curiosity of animals rescued from streets and shelters across Alabama
Produced by Kay Simon and Asha Gangolli, with photography by Connie Collum, "Sit. Stay. Plie." is a glimpse into the working life of ballet dancers and how their dogs enhance their worlds.
Proceeds from book sales go to the Alabama Ballet and Birmingham-area animal rescue organizations.
Simon originated the concept and explains that it started as a calendar, however, "...once we started taking photos, we realized its potential as a book." The inspiration for combining ballet and pets was very simply "the contrast of the two," Simon said.
"The discipline and grace of dancers paired with the uncontrollable giddiness of rescued dogs" was not to be ignored, Simon said.
IN addition to generating financial support for the Alabama Ballet and area animal rescue organizations, Simon says they are hoping to also help educate the community.
The images, and much of the book's content, give the reader a glimpse at what it takes and what it means, to be a ballet dancer," she said.  "Our community has a jewel in the Alabama Ballet company, and we want more people to know about these amazing athletes.
"We also want the reader to know how hard those dedicated to animal rescue work, and ways they can make a difference in reducing the large number of unwanted animals in our state," Simon said.
And finally, "we want our readers to enjoy and share the impeccable photographs throughout the book."
"Sit. Stay. Plie." is available for order online, and is reachable on social media through Facebook or Instagram
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