Swan Lake – My First Ballet

Are you a fan of ballet? Do you have a daughter, or indeed a son who is? Have you ever taken them to see the ballet at the theatre?

I took my 9 year old daughter to see The Nutcracker last Christmas and it was a very magical experience which we both enjoyed immensely!

I think going to see a ballet is considered a pastime only for the more cultured sections of society, similar to going to see an Opera. But these shows can, and should be enjoyed by anyone at all. Choosing the right ballet to see for the first time though is important. The Nutcracker is one such ballet, because the storyline is familiar and relatively easy to follow, which is a good place to start, especially for children and those that haven’t been before. But even with that, some children may find the fact that there is no dialogue and the story is told through dance alone, a little difficult to follow.

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That’s why the ‘My First Ballet’ series of ballets, by The English National Ballet has been created.

Performed by talented children (aged 9 and upwards) who attend the English National Ballet School and with a narrator to help the targeted young audience follow the story, this is the perfect way to introduce children to the art of classical ballet.

The latest installment in the series is Swan Lake.

Tchaikovsky’s wonderful music and the performers will tell the famous story of the evil magician Rothbart who has turned the beautiful Princess Odette into a swan, who can only return to her human form at night. Then there is Prince Siegfried.. will he be able to save her or will he too fall for Rothbart’s sorcery? The world’s favourite ballet takes us on a journey from a Royal Palace to the magic of Swan Lake.

I have been offered two tickets to see the ballet when it comes to London next week and I cannot wait to take my little girl. She is going to love it. It will be at the Peacock Theatre from 2nd to 12th April before visiting a few more towns throughout the UK.

If you want to book tickets, and if you have a ballet mad little girl (or boy), then this is a must…. visit the My First Ballet section on the English National Ballet’s website and see which venue is nearest to you.

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