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.
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.
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!