New York Theatre Ballet Sleeping Beauty – Review

Program from New York Theatre Ballet 

 New York Theatre Ballet
Sleeping Beauty
Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street 

Recently, thanks to New York Theatre Ballet,
my daughter and I were able to share a little quality
 Mommy and Daughter time together.
What better place to bring back the ballet memories
of my own childhood while allowing
my daughter to create her own.
As soon as we arrived to the theater, the magic began.
We made a quick stop at the souvenir area,
where everything “Ballerina” was available.
There were plenty of choices,
 but my daughter chose a wooden play string ballerina
 and glitter ceramic ballet slippers.
Soon after we were greeted by some of the children that would actually be a part of the ballet, Sleeping Beauty.
 They could not have been any nicer, 
handing out programs and even some crayons!

Emily and her wooden pull string ballerina.

Emily and I were taken to our seats,

where we chatted about what was to come.
It wasn’t long before Artistic Director Diana Bryer,
 playing the witch, came out for a
short presession on ballet mime.
 That definitey put my daughter at ease and
seeing as it was interactive,
it helped to get the jumpies out before the ballet began.
The lights were dimmed and the ballet,
 Sleeping Beauty, was about to begin.
 The opening scene was breathtaking! 
The costuming was absolutely beautiful,
 as were the stars of the show.
The set was spectacular and  carried the story 
from scene to scene without a flaw. 

Set design before the show began.

It made all of us feel as if  we were deep in a fairy kingdom, 
set beneath the roots of a giant tree. 

The music filled the air with fantasy as everyone danced
 to the music of Peter Tchaikovsky and followed the flow of the fairy wings that adorned some of the ballerinas’ elegant costumes.
 I loved so many things about the experience of seeing 
Sleeping Beauty preformed as a ballet. 
It was great that the ballet was just one hour long,
  just long enough to hold the children’s attention. 
There was a great introduction before the show started. 
Finally, I thought the ballet was easy for the children to 
follow and understand. 

Emily at the ballet. It’s more of a casual ballet,
but my daughter will never pass up a chance to wear a  dress!

This was the second ballet that I have gone to at the 
New York Theatre ballet,
 but I have a feeling it won’t be the last.
 There is no time like the present to enjoy 
the ballet with someone you love 
and make memories that will last a lifetime.
 Although this ballet was specialized for children, 
there were many adults there, as well. 
By the sound of the loud clapping at the end of the ballet, 
I would have to say that everyone, 
children and adults had a wonderful time. 
I know that Emily and I did.

Disclosure: Special thanks to New York Theatre Ballet.
All opinions are that of 3decades3kids.

New York Theatre Ballet Presents One-Hour Sleeping Beauty May 14 & 15

Looking for a perfect family ballet experience?
New York Theater Ballet
Sleeping Beauty
May 14 & 15
When it comes to ballet, my 4 year old daughter, Emily, cannot seem to get enough. Finding the right experience for her age seemed impossible at one point, until I came across New York Theatre Ballet. This 70 minute performance is perfectly timed to hold the attention of the audience of  children aged 3-12 and their families.
During the Christmas season, 
we enjoyed The Nutcracker and it was beautifully done. 
The costumes and scenery were breathtaking. Not to mention, there was not a bad seat in the house. 
What I love most about the  
New York Theatre Ballet is how child friendly, 
yet professional the experience is for the entire family.
If you have a chance to take in
 Sleeping Beauty, don’t miss out.
See You At The Ballet!

New York Theatre Ballet 
Sleeping Beauty.  
Show times are 
Sat, May 14 @ 11 am & 1pm 
&  Sun, May 15 @ 11 am, 1pm & 3:30 pm
 at family-friendlyFlorence Gould Hall,
 55 East 59th Street (between Park & Madison avenues – closest subway 59th street & Lexington),
 where each seat provides a close-up view of the dancers and all of the activity on stage.   Tickets are $40 for adults and $35 for children age 12 and under (plus a $1 facility fee).  Go to, or call Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787 for tickets and more information.  
Before the show Artistic Director Diana Byer will spend a few minutes with a short, interactive lesson on the art of mime in story ballets. 
Choreographed by James Sutton, the ballet delivers the magic of Princess Aurora’s 16th birthday, the mystery of the enchanted spell, the magnificence of the wedding, and a perfect storybook happy ending.  The story unfolds when Princess Aurora is bewitched by the evil Carabosse, then the benevolent Lilac Fairy places the princess and her kingdom into a deep, protective sleep.  She awakens when the noble Prince breaks the spell with a kiss. 
Mr. Sutton is a Master Teacher of Dance (Ballet) at the Tisch School of the Arts, and has taught dance at Juilliard, the University of Wisconsin, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Ballet Hispanico of New York, and other significant schools and venues around the world.  His choreographic commissions include the Dallas Opera and the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut.  Mr. Sutton has appeared as principal dancer with Houston Ballet, Chicago Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Milwaukee Ballet and DANCERS.  He is also a contributing writer for Ballet Review.
Based on the original Sleeping Beauty by Russian choreographer Marius Petipa, New York Theatre Ballet’s one-hour version is danced to music by Peter Tchaikovsky.  The elegant costumes were designed by Metropolitan Opera costume designerSylvia Taalsohn Nolan.  The setting – a tiny, fanciful fairy kingdom situated beneath the roots of a giant tree – was conceived and created by set designer Gillian Bradshaw-Smith.

Special Thanks to New York theatre ballet.
All opinions are that of 3decades3kids.