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Cinderella to include Kingston-area dancers in final performance of the Grand Theatre Presents season

April 27, 2015 -

Ballet Jörgen Canada's beautiful production of the beloved tale, Cinderella, will finish off the seventh season of Grand Theatre Presents programming on Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Four young dancers from local schools will participate in the production: Cameron Baker from the Kingston School of Dance; Jill Kellogg from Kingston Danceforce; Amanda Whitehead from the Quinte Ballet School of Canada; and Alyssa Burrows from Leisa's School of Dance. The dancers will perform in Cinderella as tree fairies and ballroom attendants.

"Ballet Jörgen's local participant programs are a wonderful opportunity for our young dancers to gain the artistic development and exposure of rehearsing and performing with a professional dance company. Kingston should be very proud that the diversity of its dance studios is so well-represented in the cast, and I hope that the community will come out in full force to celebrate its young dancers," says Melissa Mahady Wilton, the City's dance engagement coordinator.

Audience members are encouraged to arrive early for an In Conversation at 6:30 p.m. with artistic director Bengt Jörgen and to stay for the Talkback with company members immediately following the performance. Company members will also be available in the lobby following the performance for a Meet-and-Greet with audience members, to offer autographs and photo opportunities with dance fans. The In Conversation, Talkback and Meet-and-Greet are included in the ticket price.

This ballet by Bengt Jörgen is an innovative take on the classic fairy tale. Jörgen's choreography balances the fairy tale elements of the story with a contemporary treatment of Cinderella and her family relationships. Returning to the original Russian tradition of having women perform the roles of the stepsisters, Jörgen builds a more realistic and human look at Cinderella and her circumstances, and then uses these scenes to both counterpoint and highlight the magical aspects of the story.

Ballet Jörgen Canada is recognized for the innovation, warmth, humour and beauty in its works. For 25 years, the organization has sought to advance the art and appreciation of ballet and Canadian choreography through performance, educational experiences and outreach.

Cinderella tickets for adults and children are now available through the Grand Theatre Box Office in-person at 218 Princess St., by phone at 613-530-2050 or online at www.kingstongrand.ca.

The Grand Theatre would like to acknowledge its 2014-2015 Grand Theatre Presents season partners including the dance sponsor, Dianne Lackonick of Assante Wealth Management. The Delta Kingston Waterfront Hotel is the official hotel sponsor. Program supporters are Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, City of Kingston, Canadian Heritage and the Province of Ontario.

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For media requests please contact Julie Fossitt, Marketing Manager for Cultural Services at 613-530-5122 or jfossitt@cityofkingston.ca