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CLC to stage 'Sleeping Beauty' ballet

Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center will present the Continental Ballet Company’s production of “Sleeping Beauty” Oct. 13. Submitted Photo

The Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center at Central Lakes College will present the Continental Ballet Company's production of "Sleeping Beauty" at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus of CLC.

Continental Ballet Company is a professional touring company based in Bloomington. The founder/director is Riet Velthusien, a native of Holland.

Velthuisen has staged the ballet "Sleeping Beauty" using the original music by Tchaikovsky and the addition of some of Mrs. Velthuisen's original choreography, a news release stated. In this classic children's fairy tale, Princess Aurora has a spell cast on her that puts her to sleep for 100 years. She can only be awakened by a kiss from her true love.

The ballet will show the celebration on her awakening. Guests will be invited to the castle to celebrate this joyous occasion, including traditional fairy tale characters such as Puss in Boots and Little Red Riding Hood.

"We've presented the Continental Ballet Company as part of our series for the past two seasons," Patrick Spradlin, director of the performing center, said in an email. "Their performances of 'Cinderella' and 'Coppelia' have been very well received here. We thought that ballet might be a risky venture for us, but we were clearly proven wrong."

Spradlin chose Continental for several reasons.

"First, they're Minnesota-based. And they have a mission of reaching young people through the arts that is also part of our mission. And, their performances last year were met with such enthusiasm."

Velthuisen founded Continental Ballet Company in 1988. He has danced professionally with several European ballet companies, including the Dutch National Ballet. Velthuisen studied classical ballet in Amsterdam, The Hague and Paris.

The Continental Ballet Company is a member of the Bloomington Fine Arts Council and resides at the Bloomington Center for the Arts. The performers are professional dancers and can include as many as 30 dancers for a single production. In addition to the performing company, Continental Ballet Company operates a studio of ballet offering dance lessons for students of all ages and abilities.

Tickets are available from the CLC box office at 218-855-8199, or online at www.clcperformingarts.com.

This show is sponsored by Essentia Health. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The entire CLC Performing Arts Center season is made possible in part by an operating grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.