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Enter a land of princesses, fairies and flowers during this weekend’s dance performance

Guest post by Nancy Britton

I arrive at Balboa Park and catch a glimpse of three little girls dressed as colorful flowers. Quickly I realize that the adorable flowers are young dancers from my daughter’s ballet school, the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet.

The girls and a few parents are strolling along the paths of Balboa Park to advertise the upcoming performance. This Saturday, August 20, the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet will perform fairy tale themed variations at the Casa del Prado Theatre.

Fairy Tales in the Park, the annual fundraiser for the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, is a magical experience for all ages. Dancers between the ages of six and eighteen have been rehearsing many hours in their Balboa Park studios to learn new ballet variations from Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Peter and the Wolf, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The excitement of production week is in the air while our dedicated ballet volunteers transform the Casa del Prado Theatre into a land of enchantment, and our talented costume mistress transforms our dancers into beautiful princesses, sparkling fairies, magical animals, and of course, colorful flowers.  

The $10 admission fee includes a stroll through the enchanted forest with prizes for our guests, a meet and greet with the dancers, and a wonderful narrated performance by dancers of the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet and guest artist Vanessa Dinning of the San Diego Shakespeare Society. Each ballet variation is introduced expertly by Vanessa and danced splendidly by our young dancers.

There are only three chances to experience this land of enchantment: 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm. This production is a wonderful introduction to the world of dance and theater for everyone, especially young children. It is story time come to life!

Nancy’s daughter Stephanie will be dancing the role of Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty.