Sizing Swan Lake to Fit Pre-School

When I talk about “Sizing Ballet Stories to Fit” preschool, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake is always the first ballet people ask about. I feel it’s a really tidy example of how treating the actions of the ballet literally can answer the trickier aspects of retelling ballet stories to kids. At the end of most ballet productions of Swan Lake, Odette jumps off a cliff and Siegfried jumps after her. I tell the children what the dancers literally do: they jump. I also add that the sun rises and Odette becomes a magical swan again (which means she can fly) and Siegfried follows her into the sky. Ultimately my storytelling ends ambiguously but the couple are together and free of the villain. Tidy enough. I base my storytelling loosely on the San Francisco ballet production.

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Free Preschool Dance Class – Swan Lake – Sunnyvale – 1/13/17

swan_lake_by_the_cuckoo-d4skt20Children ages 2 to 5 will be introduced to the story and music of Swan Lake and learn ballet steps to go with the story. Our instructor is Sara Vizcarrondo from Dance with Miss Sara, Ballet & Etiquette for Preschools

When:
Friday January 13, 2017
1:00 to 1:30pm

Where:
Sunnyvale Public Library
665 W. Olive Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
(408) 730-7300

 

Read more about Miss Sara’s take on sizing Swan Lake for pre-schoolers and where to watch it online.