June Ballet – Firebird

Stravinsky’s Firebird really piques the children’s imaginations. Do you remember the fad surrounding “Let it Go,” from Disney’s FROZEN? Somehow, their response to Firebird is a similar form of fascination. They play it on the playground! I just love how they get into it! This 1977 production is my favorite of all those I’m linking… Continue reading June Ballet – Firebird


May Ballet – Coppelia: A Comedy of Toys and Ballerinas

As with all the ballets teach the children, I’ve simplified this some. Your children won’t recognize the “jealousy plot” that brews with Rhinehardt offers a flower to Coppelia (the doll). When we dance like Swanilde entering the Inventor’s studio I fail to mention she does so with friends. I also regularly forget the occult undertones… Continue reading May Ballet – Coppelia: A Comedy of Toys and Ballerinas


April Ballet of the Month: Peter and the Wolf

Peter and the Wolf is such a beloved story it’s inspired at least two major composers to render the story into song. In my class, we begin with the symphony Sergei Prokofiev composed to introduce children to the orchestra. I love the Little Long Playing Record Disney produced, I know I had one as a… Continue reading April Ballet of the Month: Peter and the Wolf


Free Preschool Dance Class – Cinderella – Sunnyvale – 3/3/17

Children ages 2 to 5 will be introduced to the story and music of Cinderella and learn ballet steps to go with the story. Our instructor is Sara Vizcarrondo from Dance with Miss Sara, Ballet & Etiquette for Preschools When: Friday March 3, 2017 1:00 to 1:30pm Where: Sunnyvale Public Library 665 W. Olive Ave.… Continue reading Free Preschool Dance Class – Cinderella – Sunnyvale – 3/3/17


February is Sleeping Beauty Month

Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty is among the longest and most technically difficult ballets of the canon—and, as if understanding this, the companies who produce the ballet have the most glorious sets and costumes. The attention to detail is inspiring! You should know the ballet is different in some ways to the movie—though Disney did use a… Continue reading February is Sleeping Beauty Month


Sizing Swan Lake to Fit Pre-School

When I talk about “Sizing Ballet Stories to Fit” preschool, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake is always the first ballet people ask about. I feel it’s a really tidy example of how treating the actions of the ballet literally can answer the trickier aspects of retelling ballet stories to kids. At the end of most ballet productions… Continue reading Sizing Swan Lake to Fit Pre-School