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‘Sleeping Beauty’ is a tale of tragedy & triumph

By Logan A. White
Times-News correspondent 


Carolina Ballet performs "Sleeping Beauty" May 19-20, 2018 at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. [20/20 Photo & Video Studio

   RALEIGH — Journey to a cursed kingdom and watch the spell lift through a soaring score and daring displays of dance. Carolina Ballet’s “Sleeping Beauty” at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, is a fitting finish to a stellar season.
One of classical ballet’s most beloved creations, “Sleeping Beauty,” tells a tale of tradition, tragedy and triumph in a beautiful, breathtaking performance. The ballet begins at the christening of the royal baby, Princess Aurora. As the Lilac Fairy (Randi Osetek) and her fellow fairies bestow the princess their blessings, the palace is shaken by a dark force.
The fairy Carabosse (Lindsay Purrington) arrives with her Raven (Yevgeny Shlapko), furious that the king neglected to invite her to the christening. In revenge, she curses the princess, declaring that, when she comes of age, she will prick her finger and die. Comforting the royal parents, The Lilac Fairy softens the curse, reassuring them that Aurora will merely slumber until a prince awakens her. The kingdom lives in read more…

‘Second home’: BADA has taught dancers about respect & responsibility

By Grace Danieley and Bella Exum
Times-News correspondents


Performers who will be dancing the roles of the von Trapp children (standing from left to right): Luc Blocker, Hannah Blalock and Mason Gaddis. From left to right (sitting and kneeling): Bella Exum, Madeline Gilliam, Katie Clark and Grace Danieley. [Bob Stuart

When I was born, my Dad always said that I was going to be his   “barrel racing girl.”
Little did he know that instead of sitting through years of barrel racing competitions, he would be in the audience of countless dance performances. I started dancing at Burlington Academy of Dance and Arts (BADA) at 2 years old. Fast forward 16 years, and as my final performance approaches, I am beginning to realize just how much dancing at BADA has impacted my life. Dancing takes total commitment and lots of time at the studio.
So many times my parents have been out somewhere and someone would ask, “`Where is Grace?’ They would respond, “She’s at dance.” Recently, my mom asked me if I would regret the opportunities I had missed because of dance. I told her that what I have gained as a dancer would far outweigh any sacrifices I have made.
Throughout the years, my experiences at BADA have made me stronger as a person, teaching me to meet and overcome challenges. From day one, the instructors instilled the values of self-control, confidence, leadership, respect and responsibility. They taught that persistence leads to growth, growth leads to confidence, and confidence read more…

BADA’s weekend of performances is May 25-27

By Grace Danieley and Bella Exum
Special to the Times-News

   Each year, Burlington Academy of Dance and Arts (BADA) showcases its dancers in a weekend of performances. This year, we are presenting two of the classics — “Around the World in 80 Days” and “The Sound of Music.”
“Around the World in 80 Days” is a showcase of various genres and techniques highlighting Kindermotions, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Modern and Acro dance styles.
The closing performance will be “The Sound of Music.” Meet the talented Von Trapp family: Maria, Mother Abbess, the Sisters of the Austrian Abbey and the many other characters of the story. Not only will you see these fabulous roles performed by dancers, but you also will get to hear them as BADA will be featuring live singers from our local community.
“Around the World in 80 Days” will be at 7 p.m. Friday, May 25, 2018, and Saturday, May 26, in McCrary Theatre on the Elon University campus. Tickets are $14 and can be purchased at the door. “The Sound of Music” will be at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, May 27, in McCrary Theatre on the Elon University campus. Tickets are $16 and can also be purchased at the door.

Grace Danieley is a senior at Western Alamance High School and Bella Exum is a rising junior at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

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