My First Ballet : Sleeping Beauty on tour – Competition to win a family ticket

I will never forget the look on my children’s faces when we went to our first trip to see the English National Ballet. We attended one of their special ‘My First Ballet’ performances and it was truly magical. We all absolutely loved the costumes, dance and performances – it was captivating and our children couldn’t stop talking about it afterwards.

Now the English National Ballet School is taking its re-imagined version of Sleeping Beauty around the country on a national tour. This special ‘My First Ballet’ version of the fairy tale has been created especially for children as young as three to enjoy.

English National Ballet School's production of My First Sleeping Beauty. Markova House, Jay Mews, London on January 18, 2016. Photo: Arnaud Stephenson

English National Ballet School’s production of My First Sleeping Beauty. Markova House, Jay Mews, London on January 18, 2016. Photo: Arnaud Stephenson

My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty tells the story of Princess Aurora, who as a baby is cursed by the evil Carabosse: on her 16th birthday, she will catch her finger on a spinning wheel and die. Fortunately, her godmother the Lilac Fairy alters the spell so Aurora will not die but will sleep for 100 years, only to be awoken by true love’s kiss.

English National Ballet School's production of My First Sleeping Beauty. Markova House, Jay Mews, London on January 18, 2016. Photo: Arnaud Stephenson

English National Ballet School’s production of My First Sleeping Beauty. Markova House, Jay Mews, London on January 18, 2016. Photo: Arnaud Stephenson

There’s a narrator helping young audience members understand the story as it progresses and with an hour running time there’s no chance for little ones to get too fidgety. The show is performed by second year students of English National Ballet School and I truly think it’s a wonderful way to introduce children to the magic of the ballet.

The tour is travelling around the UK between March and May and visiting a number of cities and towns including London, Manchester, Oxford and Bristol. You can find out more about the tour on the ENB website.

We’re really pleased to offer a family ticket to see My First Ballet – Sleeping Beauty in our latest competition. Simply enter below and remember we do check winners methods of entry. Good luck!

 

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34 Responses to "My First Ballet : Sleeping Beauty on tour – Competition to win a family ticket"

  1. Susan lloyd  March 9, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    I love the atmosphere of live performance x

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  2. Rachel  March 9, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    I love watching my 3 year old daughter’s face when we watch live performances – she is entranced in a way she isn’t when watching TV

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  3. Laura Nice  March 9, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    I love the atmosphere and the reaction from everyone

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  4. Ruth Harwood  March 11, 2016 at 9:44 am

    the atmosphere and the community spirit in the audience xx

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  5. Michelle O'Neill  March 14, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    the aatmosphere x i ove the ballet so much x

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  6. Janet Palmer  March 15, 2016 at 11:06 am

    I love that you get completely drawn in!

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  7. Sophie Spiby  March 16, 2016 at 10:14 am

    I love the atmosphere

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  8. Eleanor Codd  March 16, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Nothing beats live, its real, its moving, you get completely immersed in it.

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  9. Jemma Taylor  March 16, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    I love the fact you get totally drawn in to the performance.

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  10. Suzy  March 16, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    As it’s live, I find I concentrate more, looking at all aspects of the stage & listening to all sounds. There’s always the unexpected too.

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  11. Katy peri  March 16, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    The atmosphere and music sound

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  12. Rachel Craig  March 16, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    A live performance is wonderful to watch, as I feel I become engrossed in the story.Really thinking through all that is happening in the performance in front of, the music, atmosphere etc.

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  13. Jo Carroll  March 16, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    You can’t beat sharing the emotions of the audience and the players in a live performance..knowing all the time what you are seeing is truly a once in a lifetime event as no repeat will ever be the same.

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  14. Ann Skamarauskas  March 17, 2016 at 6:53 am

    the atmosphere and whole group experience

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  15. Suzanne Gaulton  March 17, 2016 at 10:05 am

    The excitement & atmosphere waiting for the performance to start, the reality of being there and watching the performance unfold, the uniqueness of each individual performance, the way it can really touch your heart and make you feel so emotional. There’s nothing that beats watching anything ‘live’!

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  16. lynn heath  March 19, 2016 at 10:32 am

    I love watching the kids faces as they get utterly lost in the performance!

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  17. Krishan Kapur  March 19, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    I love the energy around the performances! It;s electric.

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  18. Karen R  March 20, 2016 at 11:08 am

    I love that there is so much to see. If you want to concentrate on a minor person, you can, and there’s always something going on 🙂

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  19. Adrian Bold  March 20, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Much like the cinema experience, its being part of a crowd and sharing the story with them. I also like to be able to focus attention on whichever character I like at any time.

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  20. susan o'connell  March 20, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    WOW sounds an amazing day out xx

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  21. jamie banks  March 20, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    i love the atmosphere , love the theathre x

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  22. emma middleton  March 20, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Epic prize, would love to win, good luck everyone

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  23. ellie spider  March 20, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    the energy and atmosphere

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  24. Michelle lintern  March 21, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Love the atmosphere, smell, sounds and anticipation

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  25. lynn neal  March 21, 2016 at 8:53 am

    I love the atmosphere and excitement of a live performance!

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  26. amanda coffman  March 21, 2016 at 10:25 am

    I love live performances because you get so much emotion that you can’t see/feel from a recording.

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  27. Suzanne Howell  March 21, 2016 at 10:53 am

    It starts with the fun of looking forward to it, then the planning for the trip out. Then when you arrive at the venue there is excitement in the air… and we like to dress up a bit to make it extra special. Finding your seats then the anticipation of waiting for the curtain to rise… and being in the midst of everyone else. Then the performance itself and feeling part of it. I also feel it’s inspirational for children too – it sparks their imagination like television can’t…. and they remember it for such a long time afterwards. Wonderful!

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  28. carol boffey  March 21, 2016 at 11:10 am

    I love the atmosphire in a theatre

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  29. Petra Hora  March 21, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    I love the audience and how they dress up.

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  30. Alisa Moore  March 21, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    As it’s a unique experience being there

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  31. Jayne Kelsall  March 21, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    My 12 year old daughter does stage ballet and I love watching her, but as a family we love watching live performances, it’s exhilerating and the atmosphere is brilliant

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  32. Gul C  March 21, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    Everyone is so mesmerised by the performance

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  33. Emma  March 21, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    The atmosphere

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  34. Caroline S  March 21, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    The immersive experience, and the feeling of the reactions of the other audience members.

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