The dancing throughout “Ballerina Swan” is charming — including, at a recent Saturday matinee, the movements of the young children in attendance. Most ballet audiences suffer through the antics of restless youngsters; here it was encouraged, the elegant performer Elizabeth Washington leading children through amusingly vague approximations of basic ballet steps.
Smartly constructed puppets and children’s ballet foibles can be adult pleasures, too. And if one measure of shows for young audiences is how much adults will suffer, well, “Ballerina Swan” is a mostly painless 50 minutes
— Claudia Rocco, The New York Times on Ballerina Swan
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Meet Sophie – a Central Park swan with dreams of becoming a ballerina and performing in Swan Lake. Sophie learns that with hard work and determination – achieving your dreams is possible. Based on the children’s book by former NYC Ballet prima ballerina Allegra Kent with illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Emily Arnold McCully. Written by BARBARA ZINN KRIEGER, the show features choreography by MICHAEL MCGOWAN, puppets and sets by Phantom Limb Company, and EDWARD VILLELLA as the voice of Mr. Balletski. Ballerina Swan blends dance, theater and puppetry with results that will astound you.
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