How do ballerinas dance on their toes? How do dancers spin and turn without getting dizzy? How do male dancers jump so high? Those questions and more will be answered during special FREE family-friendly ballet programs sponsored by The School of American Ballet, the official academy of New York City Ballet. The programs are designed to introduce young people to the beauty of ballet, which just happens to be the name of the program. Dancers will be performing favorite moments from ballets such as The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and Swan Lake, dancing to live music, and showing how classroom training exercises translate into beautiful moves on stage. The Beauty of Ballet program includes former New York City Ballet soloist Katrina Killian, now a faculty member at the company’s ballet school. The program is recommended for ages 4 through adult. The programs are three consecutive Sundays in March —
- Sunday, March 11, Brooklyn — 2 PM, at the Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Campus Place & Hillel Place, open seating, first come first served
- Sunday, March 18th, Harlem — 2 PM, at the Harlem School of the Arts, HSA Theater, 649 St. Nicholas Avenue. Free, but reservation is required to reserve tickets. Click here.
- Sunday, March 25th, Queens — 1 PM and 3 PM, at the Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Free admission, but reservation is required. Call 718-760-0064 to reserve tickets.
Just so you know — The School of American Ballet has been the top academy for classical ballet training in the U. S. since its founding in 1934 by choreographer George Balanchine and NYCB founder Lincoln Kirstein. The school, in Lincoln Center, has trained some 17,000 dancers for professional dance careers at New York City Ballet and countless other companies around the U.S. and the world.