Ballet comes to CLC

Continential Ballet Company presents ‘Cinderella’

Cinderella is coming to Brainerd, when the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center at Central Lakes College presents the Continental Ballet Company’s production of “Cinderella.” The single performance will be at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus of CLC.

Continental Ballet Company is a professional touring company based in Bloomington Minnesota. The founder/director is Riet Velthusien, a native of Holland. 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 was recognized by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC for her efforts.

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, which brings a strong element of humor to the performance.

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.

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