Master of fencing comes to library Aug. 16 |

Master of fencing comes to library Aug. 16

What is swashbuckling, closely related to ballet and the martial arts, teaches discipline and agility, promotes a strong sense of self-esteem, and is coming to Truckee Library’s Summer Reading Program next week (Thursday, Aug. 16)?

If you guessed fencing, you know more than most people about this elegant sport that is highly regarded in Europe and generally overlooked in the United States.

On next Thursday, Aug. 16, Bruce L. King, new owner of Truckee Ballet Arts in Glenshire, will accompany one of his fencing students to offer his audience of library summer readers a glimpse into the grace and drama of fencing and swordplay.

King received his early fencing training from Maestro Ralph Faulkner, a two-time Olympian fencer who choreographed countless sword fights for stage and screen – and who doubled for Errol Flynn in the swordfight scenes in the film Captain Blood, which was shown on Aug. 2 at the Library’s Summer Teen Film Series.

King continued his training in France where he studied with world fencing masters to earn his Diplome Internationale. He has conducted dozens of Master Classes in Armed Theatrical Combat, has choreographed over 100 productions of stage violence in works such as Hamlet, Carmen, Romeo and Aladdin’s Lamp, and earned a Presidential Sports Award for his fencing prowess. Because of his extensive training in ballet, King is one of the very few ambidextrous fencers.

Although there are endorsement opportunities for accomplished fencers in Europe, there is very little – if any – money to be made as a fencer in this country. Fortunately King has studied music, ballet, and theatre extensively throughout his life, and offers training and coaching in all four disciplines at his Glenshire studio.

The library is thrilled to host such an accomplished professional at the last event session of our 2001 Summer Reading Program, and expects the audience of program participants and their families will be dazzled, amazed, and entertained by a lively and informative swordplay presentation.

Library hours:

Monday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Tuesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Special Events:

— Teen Summer Film Series. For ages 11 and up only. Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., through August 16

Regular Childrens Programs:

(Friday and Saturday Storytimes are taking a break)

— Toddlertime with Teri, for ages 18 to 36 months. Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

— Babes In Bookland: An Infant Lap-sit Program for ages 6-18 months. Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

— Saturday Storytelling With Mrs. Fix. For ages 3-6. Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

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