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Theater Guide: See a Ballet at the Movies!

The last time I saw a real, live, honest-to-goodness ballet was YEARS ago. It was pre-husband and pre-kids. I saw the Bolshoi Ballet perform at the Wolf Trap in Virginia. Though I was sitting very, very far away on the lawn, it was a truly magical experience. The grace of the dancers was breathtaking. The skill of each dancer individually and the company as a whole was mesmerizing.

I miss the days when I could drop everything at a moment's notice and see a play. I love theater. But tickets are very expensive. Babysitters are hard to find. And driving in to the city to see a show is not for the faint of heart. So I tend to sit around and think about seeing a ballet rather than actually planning a trip to see one.

If like me, you are time and money poor, you will love that you can see a ballet for far less than the price of a theater ticket. The Royal Ballet Cinema Season presents “Swan Lake” in more than 340 U.S. cinemas. For one night only, classic ballet comes to movies theaters.

On February, audiences across the U.S. will be able to experience Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky's first score in the legendary ballet “Swan Lake.” Swan Lake remains one of the most popular ballets of all time and one of the most challenging dancing for the corps.

This performance of Swan Lake will feature:

  • American Nehemiah Kish will be dancing the role of Prince Siegfried.
  • The charming Dance of the Little Swans performed by a moonlit lake and sweeping ballroom waltzes in the splendor of the royal palace.
  • French principal ballet dancer, Zenaida Yanowsky who joined The Royal Ballet in 1994. One of her signature roles to date still includes her dancing the role of the Swan in Swan Lake. Both of her parents were dancers with Lyon Opera Ballet, and as a small child she often accompanied them on tour.

“Swan Lake” is part of the 2014 Royal Ballet Cinema Season and is presented by Fathom Events, Anthony Dowell, Arts Alliance Media, and the Royal Opera House. The twinned role of the pure White Swan and the scheming, duplicitous Black Swan tests the full range of a ballerina's powers. Anthony Dowell's romantic interpretation returns the ballet to its 1895 origins by using the choreography of Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa. Dramatic costumes emphasize the contrast between human and spirit worlds, while glowing lanterns, shimmering fabrics and designs inspired by the work of Carl Fabergé create a magical setting.

Where: Tickets are available now at participating theater box offices and online at For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the Fathom Events website.

When: Thursday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m., local time.

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