Thursday, June 11, 2015

Magic Shoes

Posted on Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 4:00 AM

click to enlarge Adora Stebbins as Aurora - PHOTO BY MARINA SONN
  • Photo by Marina Sonn
  • Adora Stebbins as Aurora

Take a break from Anna and Elsa at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, June 13 at 3:30 p.m. when Trinity Ballet Academy performs Sleeping Beauty ($18, $12 kids 11 and under). Adora Stebbins and Jonathan Wisan dance the parts of the happy couple under Greta Leverett's direction. Emily Denny saves the day as the Lilac Fairy Queen, and Sarah Traywick goes dark side in the role of wicked fairy Carabosse. Expect brain-melting cuteness from kids as young as 4 tottering in their tutus in the first act and upper-level dancers performing the ballet's original choreography by Marius Petipa in the second act. That's when we get the big wedding and lively solos from attendees such as Cinderella, Red Riding Hood — with the Wolf as her plus one — and Puss in Boots.

Need more magic? Trillium Dance Studios is up at the Van Duzer Theatre on Saturday, June 13 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday, June 14 at 2 p.m. with Olympus, a parade of characters from Greek mythology danced by students ages 4 to adult ($13, $8, reserved $15, $10). Prepare for original choreography by Erin McKeever and studio instructors for ballet, contemporary dance, Latin and tap in wild costumes depicting assorted gods and goddesses, the Cyclops (Latin dance, naturally), forest nymphs, rainbows and Pegasus. That's right, rainbows and Pegasus. Dress accordingly.

— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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