Tuesday, February 28, 2012

☞ SEE: The Beauty of Ballet at HSA

The School of American Ballet, the official academy of New York City Ballet, will present a free lecture-demonstration in Harlem, Sunday, March 18, at 2:00 p.m., at Harlem School of the Arts, HSA Theater, 649 St. Nicholas Avenue. Visit hsanyc.org to reserve tickets.

The 45-minute, family-friendly presentation entitled The Beauty of Ballet will illustrate how students develop into accomplished classical ballet dancers, alternating examples of advanced classroom training exercises with the performance of excerpts from notable ballets. School of American Ballet faculty member Katrina Killian (a former New York City Ballet soloist) and advanced students from SAB will be featured in the enchanting and informative introduction to the art of classical ballet.

How do ballerinas dance on their toes? How do dancers spin and turn without getting dizzy? How do male dancers jump so high? Those questions and more will be answered during the demonstration, and favorite moments from ballets such as The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and Swan Lake will be performed to live music. The Beauty of Ballet is recommended for ages 4 through adult.

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