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Neva Shelton School of Dance
The Neva Shelton School of Dance will be performing Sleeping Beauty on May 20 and 21 at Grove Hall in Huntingdon. Both shows will start at 7 pm.
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It is not every year that local audiences are treated to the classical ballet Sleeping Beauty as performed by the Neva Shelton School of Dance. In fact, the ballet is only presented every five or six years, or specifically when just the right number of advanced students are enrolled to carry the production.
“It’s a really tough show,” says Neva Shelton, noting how bringing to life the timeless tale of Princess Aurora, the evil fairy who casts a spell on her, and the Prince who awakens her from an enchanted sleep, requires a lot of work and a skilled group of dancers. At the same time, “it’s exciting,” she says of the production, which will feature around 60 students from the area, from beginner to professional level.
To make the exquisite movement of the dancers stand out even more, the costumes for the ballet were designed by Richard Hansen, who has ensured they are reflective of the period. A dedicated team of volunteers have also been busily sewing his creations to be ready for dress rehearsals and opening night.
The show will be performed at Grove Hall in Huntingdon on May 20 and 21, offering audiences a chance to experience this beautiful ballet set to the music of Tchaikovsky in a very intimate setting. “It offers a very different perspective,” says Shelton, noting how audiences are normally quite removed from the stage whereas at Grove Hall the dancer are literally inches away.
The ballet will also be performed the following week at Valspec in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield on May 28.
A limited number of tickets are available for the Huntingdon show and can be purchased now at www.grovehall.ca.