Upcoming Events

Book Club Talk

March 18th

The Collective hosts virtual showing and discussion of "Beyond Moving" documentary about National Ballet of Canada's Siphe November

March 20th

On campus presentations, Vassar College

  • Dance Department

  • Black Student Groups

March 24-26

Photos from past events


That rare find, a marvelous memoir by a Washington native!

I loved this Washington memoir. Why? Because it is not written by a politician or celebrity witness or media star. It is by a true, rare Washington native who walked (and danced!) in a head-spinning range of worlds, Lauri Fitz-Pegado.

Charles C. Francis

Read This for Insight and Affirmation

Reviewed in the United States on October 31, 2021

Lauri Fitz-Pegado’s memoir chronicles the challenges and triumphs of a woman who garners resiliency, in large part, from the discipline of ballet and the strength of relationships.

Poignant anecdotes from Lauri’s interaction with former Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown, the Reverend Jesse Jackson and other known political actors are combined with episodes from her personal and professional life. What results is a story rich in thoughtful reflection to which we can all relate.


Powerful and Inspirational

Lauri soars in the face of many obstacles. Her journey is one that is both inspirational and enlightening. Her willingness to open her life to the reader makes her story very real and powerful. The discipline she gained from ballet was invaluable and ever present on her journey.


Covette Rooney

This memoir is a great read.

Dancing in the Dash will inspire others to follow their dreams, recognize and seize opportunities, strive for balance, and realize that family, friends and faith can be foundational, and gifts that keep on giving. A well-written and compelling story!



 Dancing in the Dash is Available at Barnes & Noble 5th Avenue, New York

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Dancing in the Dash is now available for purchase at Politics & Prose

Recent Events

Jones-Haywood Dance Students Compete at International America Grand Competition Youth America Grand Prix in Orlando Flordia

March 10-13

Channel Islands Chapter of the Links "Lunch and Learn"

March 6th

Wednesday Morning Book Club

March 9th

The Inaugural Canada-United States Symposium: "Addressing Racialization in Ballet" Co-Hosted by Canada's National Ballet School, Dance Institute of Washington, and Lauri Fitz-Pegado

Jan 28-29 & Feb 4-5


Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training Interview

Feb 24th

Vassar Roommate Interview

Feb 24th

Interview with Tigner Rand on Rolling Out

Jan 9th


Interview with Author Deliah Lawrence

Jan 10

Good Day Orange County Interview

Past Events

2021 in review Since September publication


Book Event Hosted by Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley

Book Event Hosted By Penny McIntyre & Cory Molina

Book Event Hosted By Julie Kent, Artistic Director, The Washington Ballet

Book Event Hosted By Sally Painter & Karen Tramontano

Book Event Hosted by Eileen Cassidy Rivera & Andy Rivera

International Women's Forum/DC Fall Read Around


Media inquires:

Maria Olsen, publicist

(301) 520-6548


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