Children's Ballet of San Antonio taps world-class dancers for spring production of Sleeping Beauty
The Children's Ballet of San Antonio (CBSA) is collaborating with international dance superstars for a special production of Sleeping Beauty. Taking the stage on May 12 and 13 at the Majestic Theatre, the performance will mark the first collaboration between American Ballet Theatre (ABT) principal dancers Skylar Brandt and Herman Cornejo and the award-winning CBSA — and their first appearance in Alamo City.
In even more exciting news for local dancers and performers, the critically acclaimed and award-winning world-class artists are hosting auditions for the show at the Dance Center of San Antonio this Saturday, January 28, from 12-5 pm. All dancers, gymnasts, actors, vocalists and performing artists ages 3-19 (including those with special needs), are invited to register here.
Sleeping Beauty is the classic fairy tale of the beautiful Princess Aurora. Placed udner a sleeping spell by the evil fairy Carabosse, Aurora waits for a kiss from her one true love. Told through dance, spectacular digital and physical scenery, live music, grand special effects, and interactive elements, CBSA’s Sleeping Beauty will expose audience members of all ages to an enchanting world where love conquers all.
Former Prima Ballerina and CBSA founder Vanessa Bessler is world-renowned for discovering and cultivating young, local talent, providing opportunities for these elite artists to train in some of the world's best academies including the Royal Ballet School in London, the Bolshoi Ballet in Russia, and the School of American Ballet in New York City, and many more.
This rare opportunity brings that same type of opportunity home to San Antonio: ABT principal dancers Skylar Brandt and Herman Cornejo each have years of experience at both the national and international levels and have received numerous awards, recognitions, and distinctions for their talent and skill.
The talented Sleeping Beauty cast will feature roughly 200 young artists, ranging in age from 3 to 19, including classical dancers, gymnasts, actors, vocalists, gifted special needs artists, and other exceptional young people. According to a release, CBSA is the only professional-level dance company in Texas to offer lead roles to dancers as young as eight-years-old, serving as a gateway for young artists to "point their toes in the right direction."
Ahead of this weekend's audition, the release states that: "All performers will be cast in roles that showcase and highlight their individual talents and strengths, while opening their eyes to possibilities and experiences beyond their wildest dreams."
Head to the Children's Ballet of San Antonio for more information about the performance, or to sign up for an audition.