- $20 for one ticket to Northern Virginia Youth Ballet Presents Sleeping Beauty (up to $35 value)
- When: Friday, May 1, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Hylton Performing Arts Center – Merchant Hall
- Seating: reserved balcony
- Door time: 7:30 p.m.
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- Click here to view the seating chart
Written by Tchaikovsky in 1889, Sleeping Beauty has stood as one of ballet’s most beloved pieces since its glowing debut at St. Petersburg’s Imperial Maryinsky Theatre. The traditional tale of a princess cursed to sleep for 100 years by a malevolent fairy comes alive with dances adapted from legendary ballet master Marius Petipa, whose powerful and technically dazzling choreography has remained the standard for more than a century. Notable moments include the third act wedding between the awoken princess and her valiant suitor, featuring dances by such fairytale stalwarts as Puss-in-Boots, Little Red Riding-Hood, and Cinderella.
Written with fervor after the lukewarm reception of his Swan Lake, Tchaikovsky’s score is best known for its use in Walt Disney’s 1958 adaptation of the tale. Taking full advantage of his evocative melodic powers, Tchaikovsky opens the ballet with a thunderous introduction that features whirling strings blasting in syncopated rhythms while trumpet fanfares blare through the auditorium, letting monarchs waiting in the wings know it’s time to take their seat. Finally, the explosive energy gives way to tinkling harp and a delicate woodwind melody that segues into the show’s idyllic beginning.
Northern Virginia Youth Ballet
The Northern Virginia Youth Ballet has distinguished itself as one of the only ways local youth can work with acclaimed guest artists and nationally renowned choreographers while wearing leotards. The company realized dream of Yuri Nikitenko, the founder of the Academy of Russian Ballet and a dancer recognized across the former Soviet Union and the United States alike. Graduates of the school have gone on to perform with such legendary institutions at the Bolshoi Academy in Moscow, and they regularly place among the top finalists at the Youth America Grand Prix.