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Roxey Ballet to present “Children’s Classic Stories”


Roxey Ballet invites families to share in the whimsical world of the “Children’s Classic Stories” “Sleeping Beauty Act III-Aurora’s Wedding” and “Carnival of the Animals” this spring season.

A production for audiences of all ages, “Children’s Classic Stories” features Roxey’s professional company dancers and local students from Mill Ballet School, the official school of Roxey Ballet.

“Sleeping Beauty” presents the extraordinary pas de deux of Princess Aurora and Prince Desire and includes “Jewel Fairy Variations,” “Blue Bird,” “Puss in Boots,” and “Little Red Riding Hood” pas de deux. As Princess Aurora and her family awaken from their deep sleep, the princess accepts Prince Florimund’s proposal for marriage. A joyful wedding at the castle is attended by their families and magical fairies. Choreography by Mark Roxey and costumes by Alicia Warden and Nilda Roxey bring this classic fairytale to life.

“Carnival of the Animals” tells the story of a child lost at the zoo who encounters various dynamic animals as he finds his way home. Choreographed by Mark Roxey, the ballet includes 57 colorful costumes and masks designed by Alicia Worden, Ana Vichnevetsky, and Nilda Roxey. As the dancers interpret lions, fish, donkeys, elephants, chickens, tortoises, birds, and kangaroos, audience members can enjoy various styles of dance paired with surprising instrumentation.

Making the arts accessible to all is the mission of Roxey Ballet. A sensory-friendly performance of “Children’s Classic Stories” suitable for children and adults with ASD, special needs, or sensory sensitivities will be presented with adaptations including decreased sound levels, elimination of special effects, and increased house lighting. There will be an ASL interpreter present. This performance also offers very young children the freedom to move around.

“Children’s Classic Stories” will be performed at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21 at Villa Victoria Theatre, 376 W. Upper Ferry Road, Ewing, N.J. The sensory-friendly performance will be performed at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Mill Ballet in New Hope. In-person and virtual tickets are available at

Special events at Mill Ballet prior to the show dates include: the Fairytale Party at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14; the “Beer and Ballet” series, at 6 p.m. April 5; “Brown Bag and Ballet,” at noon April 4; and “Tutus and Tiaras” from 1-2 p.m. April 6. Visit online for tickets and information.

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