‘Storybook Princesses’ jazz ballet
Camden — Atlantic Ballet Company, the performing troupe of P2PDance Center, will present "Storybook Princesses" Friday, Aug. 1, at 6 p.m., at the Camden-Rockport Middle School, Knowlton Street.
"Storybook Princesses" is an original jazz ballet choreographed by directors Michele and Heather Cox, who also have arranged a creative musical score of familiar Disney songs. P2PDance student Emma Gross has choreographed the “Little Mermaid” piece "Under the Sea" for this performance. The dancers come from P2P training centers in Damariscotta, Camden and Belfast.
Rapunzel opens the show, dancing around her giant storybook. As she turns each page, a new storybook princess is revealed. Atlantic Ballet Company's collection of characters features nine of today's most popular princesses. The first page of the storybook offers the free spirited, but kindhearted Jasmine; she and her companion Aladdin perform with their friends to the rhythmic music of Bollywood dance.
Next, vindictive fairy Maleficent casts her evil spell on Sleeping Beauty, while the three good fairies Flora, Fauna and Merryweather present princess Aurora with gifts of beauty and song. Princess Arial dances with her two sidekicks Sebastian and Flounder, joined by a bevy of young mermaids.
The sisters of "Frozen, Anna and Elsa, build a magical snowman called Olaf. The storybook continues with the tale of the two princesses seven years later during escapades while living in their castle. Pocahontas performs an original dance in the modern ballet style and, with her tribe of Indian maidens, dances to the rhythmic percussion of native drums. And Princess Snow White mimics the beautiful bluebirds in flight and befriends the lovable and adorable dwarfs.
"We have created costumes which closely reflect those worn by the original Disney princesses," said Michele Cox, the director of Atlantic Ballet Company and P2P Dance Center. Since these costumes are worn by dancers, they must be versatile enough to move freely with each dancer's body, so as not to inhibit the flow of choreography, she added.
Tickets are $10, available at HAV II in Camden, Reading Corner in Rockland and Opera House Video in Belfast.
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