Hands up who knows a little girl (or boy) who wants to be a ballerina when they grow up? Traditionally, however, ballet performances have been something for grown-ups to enjoy.
But now the Australian Ballet has developed a new program designed with kids in mind, meaning you can share your love of the ballet with your grandkids without worrying that they’ll get bored, fall asleep – or worse.
The Australian Ballet’s Storytime Ballet, will kick off with The Sleeping Beauty, opening in Melbourne and Sydney over the summer holidays before touring nationally.
Designed for children aged three years old and up, the show is compressed into a kid-friendly performance that runs for an hour, and there are pre-show activities such as dressing up as a ballerina.
In The Sleeping Beauty, Princess Aurora wanders the woods and meets her friends Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and the Big Bad Wolf. The large-scale, elegant production will be packed with dazzling dancing, sparkling tutus and enchanting Tchaikovsky music, making it the perfect first ballet for children.
The Australian Ballet’s Executive Director Libby Christie, said the project was created in response to the overwhelming popularity of the Company’s programs for children. “In recent years, we have been amazed by the growing appetite among younger ballet participants. Over 420,000 children participate in dance activities across Australia every week,” said Ms Christie.
“As Australia’s national ballet company, we are committed to providing creative experiences and programs to inspire young imaginations. This will be the first time the Company has toured a children-focused offering of this scale and quality. We hope to nurture our next generation of ballet lovers and who knows, even Principal Artists.”
Tickets are on sale now, find out more informtion about the tour here.
Are you a fan of the ballet? Would this help you share your passion with your grandchildren?