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GIVEAWAY: Win tickets to the Australian Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty Story Time

GIVEAWAY: Win tickets to the Australian Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty Story Time

To be a ballerina. Whether you are five, fifteen, thirty-five or eighty five. Those of us who have grown up dancing, twirling, stretching and practicing ballet have long admired those few who have gone on the make their passion their vocation. To be able to set foot into a real ballet studio at the Australian Ballet School has long been something that I could only dream of. Until last week when Ella and myself were invited along to have our very own private ballet class with on of their ballerinas to celebrate the launch of the Australian Ballet’s story time : Sleeping Beauty. I have to admit, that I may have been a teeny little bit over the moon about my daughter being invited, and myself being able to ‘tag’ along. I felt myself floating when we walked through the carpark, and into the lifts to stand along side those girls and boys who, with their hair slicked into neat buns, and wearing block dance shoes on their feet, were about to attend their daily sessions of rigorous training. For an hour we would ‘dance’ along side them, and my daughter, in all her tutu glory would be able to be in her element in the most sought after dancing school in the country.

Evie from the company was our teacher for the lesson, and greeted the girls as fairy from the beautiful story of Sleeping Beauty. If you are not aware, Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty brings to the stage the classical ballet for years three and up, featuring Princess Aurora, Prince Désiré, a sparkling crowd of fairies, and storybook characters including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. Created especially for children, Storytime Ballet is sure to become an annual family favourite. Expect little ones to be dancing down the hallway with (almost) perfect pirouettes, long after the curtain comes down.
The production, which runs for a child friendly 50 mins and features a narrator to help kids navigate the storyline, will visit venues across Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland from 13 December – 25 January.

What’s even more exciting is the fact that we are giving away tickets to see this Ballet in Melbourne!

THE PRIZE:

One winner will win two tickets to Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty at the Arts Centre in Melbourne On Saturday December 15 at 2pm

TO ENTER:

Simply head to my Instagram Page and look for the comp post.

*Comp ends on Monday 13th Novermber at 9pm AEDST. Winner announced shortly after. Open to Australian Residents who are able to attend the Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty at the Arts Centre in Melbourne On Saturday December 15 at 2pm

For more information about the story time ballet, and to purchase tickets, head to the Australian Ballet’s website here. Truly magical for all dancers, of all ages!

Family fun with the Australian Ballet

Family fun with the Australian Ballet

Screenshot 2014-03-17 09.05.13A week ago, I was lucky enough to be invited along to a beautiful night of dancing at the Telstra Ballet in the Bowl.  Telstra Ballet in the Bowl is a FREE evening of ballet under the stars. To celebrate 30 years of partnership between Telstra and The Australian Ballet, this year’s event featured excerpts from a range of favourite works, including The NutcrackerThe Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and more. Families were encouraged to bring bring a rug and a picnic, and enjoy a spectacular evening of ballet’s best, accompanied by Orchestra Victoria.

If Ella was a little older, I would have taken her myself, but I decided to take my life long friend, fellow Mummy and lover of all things Ballet..Laura. We were amazed (and a little excited) to take our seats near the front of the stage and take in the atmosphere. I was equally astonished at the sheer numbers of people who had come along, literally thousands, to enjoy such a beautiful evening. Families, children, teenagers and older couples. All having a great night out in Melbourne.

Here are a few snaps from our lovely night out..

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However the fun doesn’t end there. If you have children who love to dance, then the Australia Ballet offers a wide range of programs, public performances and workshops that would suit any family. Ballet Centre Tours allow you to gain an insight into the magical world of ballet, from the dancers to the costumes. Open to all from ages 6 and up, this would be a wonderful way to give your kids a unique glimpse into the world of Ballet.

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Have an aspiring Ballerina? Why not take them to an Australian Ballet class? Open from Ages 10 and up, this would also bring them closer to their idols and help them see how a life of ballet could indeed be their own. Similarly, if you have a boy who loves to dance, they might like to go along to the Boys Day and meet some of the male dancers! Bring your autograph book along to People’s Day, and meet the company, ask questions and feel the ballet love!

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And finally, I look forward to taking Ella along to Once Upon a Time – Story ballets are a wonderful introduction to the art form for children. This engaging 60-minute performance will feature fully staged excerpts from much-loved story balletThe Nutcracker, with narration by one of the central characters and live musical accompaniment. Once upon a time has been specially designed for families with children aged 4 and up and is the perfect activity for the September school holidays.

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So whether or not it is you, or your children who love to dance, be sure to stay tuned to the Australian Ballet for public programs family friendly events around Australia throughout 2014.

kate