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A classic ballet to grace the stage

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By Special to the Monitor

Enter a world filled with fairies, courtiers, a king and queen, a handsome prince, and — of course — Princess Aurora this weekend when New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company (NMDT-PC) presents “The Sleeping Beauty.”

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“The Sleeping Beauty” will add another jewel in the crown of must-see productions performed by NMDT-PC. Previous dazzling gems include “A Mixed Bill,”  “Dracula,” “Snow White,” “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” “Cinderella” and last November’s “Alice.”

“The Sleeping Beauty” was choreographed by Marius Petipa and first premiered on the stage of the Maryinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1890.

 “It has become one of the most popular ballets of all time and my dancers are performing the choreography with finesse and aplomb,” NMDT-PC director Susan Baker-Dillingham said. “I ask a lot from each of them and they apply themselves with a very mature approach. They are used to the professional environment I am providing them at NMDT and it shows.

“As our repertoire continues to build, so do the talents of the students involved. ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ will continue to foster your enthusiasm for NMDT-PC talent and artistry,” Baker-Dillingham said.

The cast of 57 NMDT-PC dancers includes notable roles performed by Kendra Smale as Princess Aurora, Frank Macias as Prince Florimund, Hannah Taylor as the Lilac Fairy, Zoe Martin as the evil fairy Carabosse, Bruce Lamartine as King Florestan, and Carolyn Connor as the Queen.

Other mentionables and NMDT-PC up-and-coming dancers include Justin and Akane Dunn as the Bluebird and Princess Florine, Matthew Connor Davenport and Emily Brown as Puss-in-Boots and the White Cat and Nicole Graham and Colin Hemez as Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf.

NMDT-PC costume mistress Kenda Bultman and her team of dedicated volunteers have produced 30 new costumes for the production. Theater manager Ross Mason’s lighting unites the fairytale and props and sets by Winnie Lamartine round out the ballet. A synopsis of the story will be available to share with children before the ballet begins. And don’t forget to have your program autographed by the dancers after the performance has concluded.

NMDT-PC, directed by  Baker-Dillingham, will present, “The Sleeping Beauty” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at  Duane Smith Auditorium. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and free for children age 4 and younger. Purchase tickets in advance at Uli’s Cottontails or at the door 45 minutes prior to performance times.

NMDT is located in the heart of Los Alamos at 147 and 149 Central Park Square. The school conducts classes to more than 230 students per week in Mommy and Me, Creative Ballet, Creative Jazz, Stretch and Strengthen, Jazz, Tap, Pointe, Partnering, Boys’ and Men’s Class and all levels of Ballet including adult.

Registration is ongoing. The New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company is a non-profit 501-c3 organization. For more information about the school, the performance company, or the upcoming production of “The Sleeping Beauty,” check the Website at www.nmdt.org.