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Encinitas Ballet Presents 'The Sleeping Beauty'

North County theatre-lovers are in for a royal treat with Encinitas Ballet’s enchanting production of "The Sleeping Beauty" on May 25, 2013 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Artistic directors and choreographers, Olga Tchekachova and Sayat Asatryan have created a lavish, full-length production, replete with a large cast, resplendent costuming and gorgeous sets.

"The Sleeping Beauty" is one of the great ballet creations of the nineteenth century, and the first successful ballet by Peter Tchaikovsky. The premier performance took place in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1890, choreographed by Marius Petipa. Since then, Petipa’s choreography has become the most recognized choreography in the ballet world.

Gracing the stage will be an impressive roster of international guest artists. Dancing side by side with these accomplished professionals will be young dancers and adult performers from Encinitas Ballet Academy and community of supporters.

Location: The ballet will be presented at Sherwood Auditorium, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 700 Prospect Street, La Jolla on Saturday, May 25 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Google Map

Tickets are available by calling 760 632.4947 or online at Ticket prices are $25 for adults and $ 20 for children. Group discount rates are also available. Use promotional code arts get $5 off and support arts.

Founded in 2008, Encinitas Ballet Academy is a classical ballet school, conducts public performances, and educates youth and the larger community about classical ballet. In its fifth years of existence, EBA has delivered to the community high quality performances, with its productions of "The Nutcracker," "Don Quixote," "Cinderella" and "Alice in Wonderland."


The Role of Blue Bird - Stephano Candreva received his early training a the Studio de Danca Com-Passos in Brazil. He graduated from Alice Arja School of Dance in Rio de Janeiro. Stephane began his professional career at the age of eighteen dancing with Teatro Sesiminos. Later he went to dance with Cisne Negro. Mr. Candreva attended summer programs at Miami City Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet. At the age of twenty, Mr. Candreva joined the Milwaukee Ballet II program where he performed principal roles in "Coppelia," "Le Corsaire," "La Fille Mal Gardee," "Graduation Ball" and George Balanchine's "Who Cares?" and "Tarantella." Since joining City Ballet of San Diego last season, Stephane performed leading roles in George Balanchine's "Who Cares?" and "Donizetti Variations," the Cavalier in "The Nutcracker" and Mercutio in "Romeo and Juliet."

The Role of Lilac Fairy - Nichole Beeks was born and raised in Long Beach California where she started dancing at age four. She attended and graduated from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts where she was a part of the dance department and also involved in musical theatre and film making. During her senior year of high school she danced professionally with Anaheim Ballet in their production of "The Nutcracker" and toured to Nevada. She went on to attend Dominican University in San Rafael California as a part of the inaugural class of the Alonzo King Lines Ballet BFA Program. After graduating with a BFA in dance and a minor in Psychology she went on to dance professionally with Peninsula Ballet Theatre in San Mateo California under the direction of Bruce Steivel. She spent two seasons dancing with PBT and stared in their production of "Peter Pan" as Tinkerbell and in "The Nutcracker" as the lead Spanish and lead Arabian dancers. She has attended summer programs including American Ballet Theatre, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Miami City Ballet and World Dance Movement in Italy. This is her second season with the Encinitas Ballet as a guest Ballet Dancer.

The Role of Princess Aurora - Kaitlyn Potts, originally from Fairfax, Virginia, attended the Maryland Youth Ballet and Dancensations Dance Center where she trained in ballet, modern, lyrical, jazz and tap. She attended summer intensives at the Kirov Academy of Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Texas Ballet Theatre and Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet, and was names an American Ballet Theatre Training Scholar for the years 2006 -2008. In 2005, she won the Junior Grand Prix for the Youth America Grand Prix semi-finals in South Carolina, and was a top twelve finalist in the New York City finals the same year. She was invited to perform in the XXII International Ballet Festival in Miami in 2007, and won 1st place in the America Ballet Competition in 2008. She danced professionally for Texas Ballet Theater under the direction of Ban Stevenson for three years. Now she is a principal dancer with the Utah Regional Ballet. This is her first season with the Encinitas Ballet as a guest Artist.

The Role of Prince Desire - Mr. Burkett, a native of Austin, Texas, began his dance career at the age of ten. He received much of his early training at the Ballet Austin school and the Inland Pacific Ballet Academy in Claremont, California where he was awarded full scholarships. Eventually arriving in Utah, Mr. Burkett continued his training at the Ballet West Academy and performed many lead roles in the academy’s performances and summer programs. Mr. Burkett was a distinguished member of the Utah Ballet Company and toured to South Korea as a student and performer. Mr. Burkett also competed at regional and national levels in the Youth American Grand Prix dance competition. At these competitions, Mr. Burkett consistently received top honors and multiple scholarship and employment offers. Currently, Mr. Burkett is the Principal dancer with Utah Regional Ballet. This is his first season with the Encinitas Ballet as a guest Ballet Dancer.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

Promotional graphic for Encinitas Ballet’s enchanting pro...

Above: Promotional graphic for Encinitas Ballet’s enchanting production of "The Sleeping Beauty" on May 25, 2013 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.


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