Spring Ballet

Easily one of the most anticipated shows of the year is our Annual Spring Ballet.  A favorite of all the “bun-heads” of the studio. Joan Harris was the first to introduce a children’s ballet to the Wyoming Valley in 1984 and we have been staging it every year since.  Each season the school stages a full length ballet.  We rotate the works from four different styles; Romantic, Classical, Character and Avant-garde.

The excitement for the ballet begins each year at the finale of the Holiday Extravaganza when Miss Elisabeth and Miss Jennifer announce which work we will be producing.  The next thrilling step is the audition process.  Although all the ballet students in the school will appear in the performance, (from the tiniest tots to our adult dancers), we do hold an audition for the lead, supporting roles and the Corps de Ballet in January that is conducted by a professional dancers from outside the school.

Our students learn the story of the ballet and are educated on the various choreographers and composers who first staged the work and wrote the musical score.  The older dancers are required to perform the classic repertoire from the ballet to keep it as true as possible, with the our talented teachers choreographing other dances so that the younger or newer students can participate.

The next great event is “Dress Rehearsal Weekend” when we stage the show with all three casts here at the studio to make sure we are ready for the actual production.  The students LOVE those two days since it is all the fun of performing with out the stress and in between each practice there is plenty of time for laughter and high jinks.

Finally, come the event itself, with all the pageantry, rich costumes, professionally built scenery, imported backdrops and amazing lighting.  A great way to kick of the spring.  Some of the ballets we have produced include;  Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, La Fille Mal Gardee, Puss in Boots, Coppelia, La Boutique Fantasque and our own original work, Corciev, The Grieving Wood.