Ballet Ensemble of Texas, one of Dallas’ best-reviewed pre-professional ballet companies, will present this classic folk tale on April 4, 2020 at 7:30 p.m., and April 5, 2020 at 2:30 p.m., at the Irving Arts Center.
“CINDERELLA is a timeless ballet full of romance, comedy and intrigue,” said Thom Clower, BET Artistic Director. “Whether you are laughing at the silly stepsisters, feeling your heart swell with the building of a magical romance, or simply enjoying the beautiful dancing, there’s something in this production for everyone!”
Clower adapted and re-choreographed this version after that of Anne Burton and has staged it many times across the country. Both he and BET Executive Director Lisa Slagle have performed as guest artists in Burton’s version during their careers.
BET company member Pearl Smith will dance the role of Cinderella after receiving rave reviews for her performance as the Sugar Plum Fairy in this season’s production of THE NUTCRACKER. Seventy young dancers from the Ballet Academy of Texas will perform in the production.
BET is the official performing company of the Ballet Academy of Texas and trains dancers who are recognized by prestigious pre-professional training programs across the country, with more than half of BET’s 33 company members placed in such programs last year. Professional alumni also dance with companies around the country, including four former BET dancers currently performing with American Ballet Theatre, America’s National Ballet Company.
As a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, the company is funded largely by donations, and is supported by the City of Coppell, Texas Commission on the Arts, Irving Arts Center, and the City of Irving through the Irving Arts Board. Please visit the company website at www.balletensembleoftexas.org or on Facebook and Instagram @balletensembleoftexas. (Photo credit Cathy Vanover)