Arts Alive presents ‘Twelve Dancing Princesses’

Commentary by Emma Gadbery
Special to the Times-News

Photo by Elizabeth Morphonios / Charis Photography

   Arts Alive Fine Arts Studio’s upcoming ballet, “The Twelve Dancing Princesses,” is not just a whimsical fairy tale.  It also holds a deeper meaning of love and truth, and inspires a healthy relationship between a parent and child (or, in this case a lot of children).
The timeless Brothers Grimm tale of the princesses’ worn-out shoes and a parent who is determined to find the reason why is adapted for the stage. As the audience is dancing through the gold, silver and ruby forests with the princesses, the aspect of always telling the truth and how deception can get you in trouble shines through in this marvelous ballet.
All of the Arts Alive intermediate and advanced ballet dancers, as well as choreographers Haley Gadbery, Julie Crothers and guest choreographer Meghan Vanasek, have put their heart and soul into this production, as well as many dance rehearsals, many bottles of water and a number of injuries.  Not only have the dancers worked countless hours on this masterpiece, volunteers have offered their time and talents on sewing, painting and building the enormous 16-foot bed that the princesses share.
As always, Arts Alive strives for excellence in their students and in bringing quality family friendly productions to the community. Please join us at 7 p.m. June 1 and 3 p.m. June 2, 2013, at the Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St., Burlington, for this original ballet. We hope you come and get swept away into the world of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses.”

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased between noon and 3 p.m. May 27 through June 1, 2013, at the box office or one hour prior to showtime; credit card reservations can be made at (336) 222-TIXS. For more details visit

Emma Gadbery is a ninth-grade home-schooler.


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