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‘Sleeping Beauty’

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Hot on the heels of a sold-out production of Clara and the Nutcracker at the Miners Foundry in early December, Holt Ballet Conservatory is forging ahead with another spectacular endeavor: Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty" to be presented June 13 and 14 on the larger stage of the Don Baggett Theater.

The "Sleeping Beauty" ballet is known as one of classical ballet's most beautiful and entertaining masterpieces.

Led by Yelena Holt, founder of Nevada Union High School's Theatrical Dance Department, Holt Ballet Conservatory brings to the stage the music of Tchaikovsky's timeless work of art and Marius Petipa's original choreography.

Studio rehearsals began in February, with guest artists, and all dancer levels learning their roles, character attributes, interacting with each other's dances, and practicing entrances, exits, cues, and mime acting.

The company of dancers consists of Holt Ballet Conservatory's young, intermediate and advanced student dancers, as well as professionals.

Holt makes use of her studio dancers as well as tapping alumni from her years of teaching at Nevada Union's Theatrical Dance Department.

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She also has forged relationships with a talented professional dancer and partner coach from the greater Sacramento area — Kermit Allen.

Nevada County's Dancing with our Stars champion Marni Marshall also joins the production.

Hilary Brown plays the evil Carabosse, who casts the spell of death upon the beautiful Aurora, and Allen is the prince, who, 100 years later, wakes up the sleeping princess with "just one kiss."

Bond plays the Queen of the Realm and Aurora's loving mother, and Marshall is one of Carabosse's devoted minions.

Lilac Fairy (Victoria Dugan), Sleeping Beauty (Jaycee Pratt) and dancing princes, princesses, wood nymphs, duchesses and noblemen, framed by the beautiful set designs of Pamela Hodges and Saundra Pratt, make for a memorable evening of quality entertainment.

Holt commits fully to her art form, and said out that "the rigor and craft translate to other, nondance aspects of life. The discipline and focus of classical ballet training helps in school, builds character and develops good citizenry skills, as students work together to create a complete production.

"The lessons learned here will serve them throughout their life, whether or not they pursue a future in dance."

Two performances will be at 7 p.m. June 13 and 14 at NU's Don Baggett Theater.

Tickets are $12 to $16 and can be purchased in advance online at holtballet.com.

For more information, call 530-278-5131, or visit holtballet.com.

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What: Holt Ballet Conservatory presents The Sleeping Beauty Ballet

When: 7 p.m. Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14, box office opens at 5:30 for in-person sales before each performance

Where: Don Baggett Theater, 11761 Ridge Road, Grass Valley

Tickets: Purchase advance tickets online from holtballet.com $12-$16. Reserved seating.

Info: holtballet.com, yelenaholt@gmail.com, 530-278-5131

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