Local, Youth Ballet Dancers To Perform In Cinderella


Staff report

Aspiring ballet dancers will perform alongside the professionals this month in a production of Cinderella.

The Open Dance Foundation will present a major full-length ballet production of Cinderella with local youth and stars of American Ballet Theatre, Devon Teuscher and Cory Stearns, on  Nov. 25 & 26 at Parker Playhouse in Ft. Lauderdale.

The show was originally scheduled for Friday, Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mizner Park Amphitheater.

More than 40 young dancers will partake in the production including several from South Palm Beach County.

One of those who snagged a part is 13-year-old Boca Raton resident Chloe Rivet. She said she has two roles in the performance. She will star as a bird and a mouse and has two costumes.

She said this is her first dancing role, but she has experience acting in other plays.

“I am excited to be a part of something like this,” she said. “I am looking forward to being on a big stage and performing with the professional dancers.”

Rivet said she has been a dancer for four years and has been acting since she was in the first grade. She said she wasn’t afraid to audition because it was held in her dance studio where she felt comfortable.

The chance to dance with professionals is also what 10-year-old Delray dancer Cephanie Ameilia Sanchez said she looks forward to.

“It’s really cool to be with professional, really good ballerinas,” she said.

Sanchez has two parts in the show. She will play a flower and a silver second. The flower role she described as “really delicate and really sweet.” She said she will wear a green body suit, skirt and flowers on her head.

“It’s really slow, delicate and beautiful,” she said of the flower part.

As for the silver second, she said she and 59 other seconds will run around Cinderella resembling seconds on a clock.

She said one of her favorite scenes is when the fairy godmother helps transform Cinderella because her carriage is pulled by real horses on stage.

This past year marked the 125th anniversary of composer, Sergei Prokofiev, who’s noted works include the music for the ballets Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella. The Open World Dance Foundation celebrated the life of this remarkable composer with the production of Cinderella, which premiered in Houston last year starring Misty Copeland.

As a follow up to this successful run, the Open World Dance Foundation will share this opportunity with local children, youth and the community in South Florida. The vision of Open World Dance Foundation’s founder and president, Ekaterina Shchelkanova, is to create a special experience for children to collaborate in the creation of the production and rehearse and dance alongside accomplished dancers and other guest artists from around the world in their culminating performance.

Under the foundation’s motto, “United by Dance,” the foundation strives to create opportunities to unite dancers of all ages and backgrounds from around the world through a common love of ballet and dance education.

Tickets range from $35 – $175. A dollar from every ticket sold will go to the funds for Hurricane Harvey & Irma. For tickets and more information, visit www.OpenWorldDanceFoundation.com.