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I want to thank everyone for such a wonderful afternoon of dance. Everyone worked so hard and I was so impressed. Auditioning masked is difficult. Trying to convey a character with out the use of your whole face is difficult. This makes this one of our most difficult auditions to date. I am incredibly proud of everyone for doing so well!


If you didn't get a part this time, please don't let it get you down. There were a lot of great dancers, and not a lot of parts. Perhaps you didn't fit a part this time, but there are plenty of more opportunities in the future.


As always, I am willing to talk to you about what you can work on for the next audition. 


Once Upon a Fairy Tale Cast List


Elenore .............................................................................MacKenzie Howard 

Amelia.......................................................................................Giana Powell

Griselda.......................................................................................Elena Bobby

Red Riding Hood.............................................................................Rachel Korba

Nightingale.............................................................................Penelope Meredyk

The Wise Princess.........................................................................Lauren Martens

​Dragon.......................................................................................Nancy Minnich

Briar Rose....................................................................................Matilda Smith

Hansel & Gretel (both female characters)..........................Annalee Svoboda & Cate  Vigh

Princess Peony (class meets Tuesday/Thursday 5:15-6:15)...................Victoria Zasidkovych

Snow White (class meets  Mondays 7-8:15)............................................Emma Smeader

The Sun (class meets Wednesdays 6-7).................................................Hailey Gandias 

Shoemaker (class meets Saturdays 11:45-12:45) ..................................Madelyn Walcher 


​Once Upon a Fairy Tale Synopsis

Beginning Ballet 1- The Elves and The Shoemaker 
Beginning Ballet 2- Thumbelinas
Ballet I- Peonies and The Princess Peony
Ballet II- The North Wind and The Sun
Ballet III- Koi Fish and The Dragon
Ballet IV- Hunstresses with Snow White lead
Ballet V- Crows and the Pitcher
Ballet VI- Dancing Princesses

The story opens to Elenore and Amelia in their room where Elenore is always reading to her younger sister. As they sleep, their storybook grows life sized. A witch, Griselda, comes through the book, wakes Amelia, and convinces her to follow her into the fairy tale land inside the book. Elenore is then woken up by Thumbelinas who tell her she must enter the book to save her little sister. In the fairy tale land we find Griselda in her home with Hansel, Gretel, and Amelia feeding the children tons of sweets. Hansel and Gretel dance and play with Amelia and convince her to stay.


As Elenore enters the fairy tale land, she encounters the characters in fairy tales and fables she always reads to Amelia. She comes upon Briar Rose, a young princess who lives in the forest. Elenore travels through a field of peonies and meets their princess, Princess Peony. A group of beautiful princesses dancing catches her attention and she decides to join in. She then happens upon the North Wind and the Sun in an epic battle over who is the strongest. Elenore saves the gorgeous Nightingale who is trapped in a cage and meets the beautiful, brave koi fish who through their resilience transform into a stunning dragon. She meets the Wise Princess who loves books as much as she does. After Elenore and the Wise Princess formulate a plan to save Amelia, she finds Snow White, running from the Huntresses. Elenore then finds a group of crows trying desperately to drink water from a pitcher that is too low. She is quick to spring into action to help. Elenore then meets a kind shoemaker and her little elf helpers. She catches a glimpse of Red Riding Hood running through the forest. Red helps Elenore locate the witch's cottage and they rescue all of the children.