MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

May 2, 2013

NSU site for ‘Cinderella’ ballet


— TAHLEQUAH — The classic story presented as a ballet, “Cinderella,” takes center stage at the NSU Center for the Performing Arts to close out the 2012-13 Academy of Performing Arts ballet performance season.

The show is set for 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday at the Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are $25.

“We're thrilled to be able to close out our first season right here in our home town of Tahlequah,” Lena Huffman, APA’s director, said in a media release. “This first year has been a learning time for us — our cast looks at each other and sees friends who have become family, which is our source of strength.”

The majority of the cast of “Cinderella” is from Cherokee and surrounding counties. Most of the students aspire to be professional dancers and are already considered pre-professional, according to the release.

“For two nights in May we hope to offer moments that will take your breath away, memories of classical ballet, and dreams of Cinderella,” Tamara Ulrich, a volunteer assistant at APA and the mother of an Academy student, said in the release.

Call to schedule a visit to the academy to see the dancers. In addition to traditional Vaganova ballet instruction, APA also offers traditional Irish step-dance (recreational and competitive), jazz, tap, voice, ballroom, and modern/contemporary ballet for students age 5 and older.

Information: (918) 803-1408 or apatahlequah.com.