AAAA and Continental Ballet Company to present CinderellaCinderella is coming to Alexandria. The Alexandria Area Arts Association (AAAA) will present Continental Ballet Company’s production of Cinderella the first week of November.
Cinderella is coming to Alexandria. The Alexandria Area Arts Association (AAAA) will present Continental Ballet Company’s production of Cinderella the first week of November.
The performance, which is the first-ever in the newly renovated theater, is set for Saturday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for those 18 years of age and younger. Tickets can be purchased by calling the AAAA Theatre at (320) 762-8300.
This production of Cinderella is told through the style of classical ballet. There are no speaking parts, as dancers use movement to express an emotion or thought. As is typically done with the ballet version of Cinderella, a couple of the step-family females will be danced by men. This adds a touch of humor to the ballet and guests are sure to find it entertaining.
The ballet tells the traditional story of Cinderella, complete with fairies and a handsome prince. Cinderella is not invited to the ball but through her kindness to a stranger, magical events happen that allow her to attend the ball and meet her prince. With exquisite dancing, beautiful costumes and sets this ballet is a delight for all ages.
Meet the dancers
Dancers with Continental Ballet Company include Alexander Smirnov, Yuki Tokuda, Shannon Corbet, Jennifer Mack, Joseph Bingham, Holly Kwitowski, John Munger, John Agurkis, Ted Sothern, Kara Harvey, Karen Kolbinger, Alexandra Niemeyer, Tina Bratcher and Karen Paulson Rivet.
These professional artists take classes and rehearse daily in preparation for their performances.
About the Continental Ballet Company
Continental Ballet Company is a professional touring company based in Bloomington. The founder/director is Riet Velthusien, a native of Holland and former professional dancer with several European companies including the Dutch National Ballet. The company was founded in 1988.
Riet has choreographed this original production of Cinderella to music by Rossini. She carefully selected music that she felt would best tell the story of Cinderella and she was recognized by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. for her efforts.
The Continental Ballet Company is a member of the Bloomington Fine Arts Council and resides at the Bloomington Center for the Arts.
The performers are professional dancers and can include as many as 39 dancers for a single production. In addition to the performing company, Continental Ballet Company operates a studio of ballet offering dance lessons for students of all ages and abilities. The Company is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation. For further information, call (952) 563-5361 or visit the company’s website at www.continentalballet.com.