Dance Review: The Sleeping Beauty

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Oct. 19 – 21, 2012

Nashville Ballet presents:
The Sleeping Beauty (all ages)
TPAC’s Jackson Hall
505 Deaderick St., Nashville
782-4040 •
Remaining show times: Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.
Tickets: $35 – $82

There’s really only one word to describe Nashville Ballet’s opening show of its 2012-13 season: FIERCE!!!

I’ve followed Nashville Ballet for years and have loved so much of what it has given to its local audience, but this gorgeous production places our local ballet company on a greater map. Its offering of The Sleeping Beauty is absolutely stunning start to finish.

The amazing amount of pointe work on stage is incredible from lead dancer Sadie Bo Harris all the way down to every ensemble cast member. The impeccable set design and lighting perfectly hug the mind-blowing on-stage talent.

This is a show you must take your kids to see, especially if you have little girls who dream of becoming ballerinas when they are older. My favorite thing while watching the show on opening night was paying close attention to the four little girls sitting in the row in front of me. They were somewhere between the 8 – 10 years old realm. And they were on the edge of their seats the entire time… Ooing and aahing and commenting with each other throughout the show. They were inspired and excited. Those little girls wanted to be on stage and were taking notes!

That is what any aspect of the arts is supposed to accomplish. To dig into the soul and make you think and grow … and the beauty of a child sitting on the edge of her seat because she’s so engaged and inspired by something on stage is what it is really all about, right?

Nashville Ballet, you rocked this show on all counts. BRAVO!

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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