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South Brunswick Kids Star in Original Ballet

The Snow Queen will return Dec. 15 and 16 at The College of New Jersey.

DanceVision is thrilled to announce the return of its original ballet, The Snow Queen, choreographed by Artistic Director Risa Kaplowitz.

This fresh holiday ballet premiered to sold-out audiences last year at Kendall Theater, The College of New Jersey, and will return Dec. 15 and 16 with an added show to accommodate the popularity of the new holiday tradition.

South Brunswick residents and DanceVision Performance Company members Anna Macaulay, Leah Macaulay, Chelsea Eltringham, Megan Kausch and Emerson Marchese have been cast in this original ballet. DanceVision provides the highest level dance education and performance opportunities while fostering artistic excellence and professionalism among young emerging dancers.

Emme, Megan, Chelsea, Anna and Leah are excited to be a part of this professional quality production, performed right in our own community. Presented by the DanceVision Performance Company, The Snow Queen tells the tale of a young girl’s courageous journey to rescue her beloved from the beautiful, yet evil Snow Queen.

Based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen story, the ballet is performed to an original score that includes music by Rimsky-Korsakov and Edvard Grieg. In addition to the enchanting and spirited music and the unique and exciting choreography, The Snow Queen features projection artwork as its backdrop.

Through this engaging technique, the audience is carried on a journey with the characters as they dance from the lively Scandinavian village square to the Snow Queen’s frigid ice castle.

DanceVision’s dedication to enriching the community with quality dance experiences is exemplified through this production. The Snow Queen provides a fresh take on a classic tale; it is riveting and intricate in its attempt to bring literature to life through dance.

"The story is magical and compelling. It has all the components of a great tale: adventure, humor, joy, and heart. The cast of characters is so diverse and fun; it includes robbers, a sorceress, doves, a raven, ice maidens, snow bees, a prince and princess, and even a devil," explains Artistic Director Risa Kaplowitz.

Adults and children alike will enjoy the story, and the characters that guide the audience through it. When it debuted in 2011, The Snow Queen blew a breath of fresh air into a stale holiday theatre scene. Rather than attending yet another Nutcracker performance, New Jersey families flocked to this original holiday ballet; and they were not disappointed.

"I was absolutely blown away by the [ballet]. I couldn’t stop talking about it. Everything was so beautiful: the colors, the lighting, the costumes, the telling of the story and of course the dancing. I loved it!" commented Jody Wood, Director of JW Actors Studio, after the premiere event last December.

Don’t miss out on this special holiday event that has the community raving!

The Snow Queen will be performed Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 16 at noon and 4 p.m. at Kendall Theater, The College of New Jersey. Tickets start at just $20 and are on sale now at www.dancevisionnj.org or by phone 609-771-2775.

Group discounts are available for organizations as well as student/senior discounts. For more information, email info@dancevisionnj.org

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