Long Beach Ballet Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Performances of “Cinderella” October 26th and 27th

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Long Beach Ballet’s 30th AnniversaryIn celebration of Long Beach Ballet’s 30th Anniversary, the Classical Ballet of Guangzhou from China will perform David Wilcox’s rendition of “Cinderella,” the ballet that he choreographed specifically for this Chinese Ballet company in 2005. Long Beach Ballet will feature two performances of “Cinderella,” one on Saturday, October 27th at 8pm, and one on Sunday, October 28th at 2pm at the Long Beach Terrace Theater. The short ballet performance of the exquisite Chinese-themed “Butterfly Lovers” and “Yellow River,” will be performed on Saturday, October 27th at 2PM.

Promptly in time for Halloween, children are invited to come in costume and enjoy a festive treat as Cinderella‘s “pumpkin coach” will carry her to the ball pulled by eight dazzling stallions, danced of course by eight dazzling male dancers of the Guangzhou Ballet. All are invited to engage in this magical performance and enchanting Halloween themed event. This is a great performance for families and an alternative for typical Halloween goers as they are surrounded by fantasy, and charm.

The award winning, Classical Ballet of Guangzhou has a strong artistic affiliation with the Long Beach Ballet. Collaboration between Long Beach Ballet’s artistic director David Wilcox and the Chinese ballet company began 13 years ago when he staged his “Nutcracker” production for them and it became one of their most performed ballets. Wilcox was also responsible for organizing the company’s first international tour in 1999. They, in turn, play host to Long Beach Ballet’s annual three-week long performance tour titled “U.S. Ballet Ambassadors to China,” in which 40 U.S. ballet students perform from one end of China to the other.

“We are excited to host a magical rendition of one of the world’s best-known, best loved fairy tales- Cinderella,” said David Wilcox. “The number of dancers in the Guangzhou Ballet this year has grown to 63, compared to 50 on their first tour, and the quality of the dancing is unsurpassed internationally,” he added.

Tickets go on sale September 24th at 10AM. Ticket prices range from $28 to $120 dollars. To charge by phone, please call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are also available at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Main Box Office located at 300 E. Ocean Boulevard. The Box Office is open from 10AM to 6PM Monday through Friday and 12PM to 4PM on Saturday. Subscribers to the Long Beach Ballet are eligible to buy a combo ticket for both “Guangzhou Ballet of China” and the “Nutcracker.”

About Long Beach Ballet:
Long Beach Ballet is one of Southern California’s leading classical ballet institutions. The academy’s reputation is based on excellence, dedication and passion for the art. Students have gone on to join companies like National Ballet of Canada, and Milwaukee Ballet. For more information visit: www.longbeachballet.org

About David
Los Angeles native, David Wilcox began studying dance at the age of eleven. He continued his studies in London and at the age of nineteen began his professional career in Germany where he danced with the Berlin Ballet, the Nuremberg Ballet and the Heidelberg Ballet. In 1981, he co-founded Long Beach Ballet which became Southern California’s most successful ballet company for 15 years. He has produced and directed nine ballet tours to Asia and has staged three full-length ballets for the Classical Ballet of Guangzhou, China: The Nutcracker, La Bayadere and Cinderella. David lives with his wife and daughters in Long Beach.

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