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San Diego Civic Youth Ballet Presents Coppélia

Bobby pins? Check. Flowery headband? Check. White tutu and ribbons? Double check.

Coppelia-indiv The San Diego Civic Youth Ballet dancers are beginning dress rehearsals for performances of Coppélia, a lively story of love, jealousy, and mistaken identity. The shows will take place April 6-10 at the historic Casa del Prado Theater in Balboa Park.

Artistic Director Danika Pramik-Holdaway says that the show resonates with both children and adults because it combines a lighthearted narrative with deeper underlying issues.

“It is not often that you find sweet dancing dolls mixed up in a story of jealousy, and a creepy, lonely old man who constructs dolls to be his companions,” she says. "The comedy of our production outweighs the macabre elements, because of course, after all, our production was created for children."

Danika adds that the score by Delibes is one of the most recognizable in the world of ballet, and this ballet was actually the first to feature folk dances, the Czardas, and the Mazurka.

“It’s absolutely one of the most exciting features of this ballet."

Tickets ($10-15) are available online or by calling the Civic Youth Ballet at (619) 233-3060.