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New children’s ballet show roundup for 2014-15

Oh my goodness, we’re getting fidgety toes with excitement here at Twinklesteps HQ because there are sooo many fantastic ballets to take your little people to out there. Do you feel that Autumn nip of late? We all know that when swirls of frosty air start to gather on our doorsteps that Nutcracker season is gathering momentum. Check out our what’s on page for performances.

Not only that, we’ve also seen that a children’s version of Swan Lake by English National Ballet is going on tour next year – yey! With a narrator to help the young audience follow the story, and Tchaikovsky’s wonderful music, this is the perfect way to introduce children to classical ballet. Here’s their gorgeous poster:

My First Ballet Swan Lake English National Ballet

For ballet fans in Leeds you’re in for a treat in October because Northern Ballet has the Elves and the Shoemaker for you (please take this on tour soon Northern Ballet!). Here’s a realy fun clip of their reheasals:

What’s just as exciting is that London Children’s Ballet are performing Snow White again next year. Yippee! Check out some snippets from their 2009 production:

Check out our What’s On page for details of all these ballet shows and do let us know if you hear of any more shows suitable for younger children please ballet fans.

Psssst, we have a secret we’re desperate to start shouting about so watch this space and follow our blog to be the first in the know 😉

Have a lovely week from the Twinklesteps Team


New Tour Dates for 3 Little Pigs Ballet

We’ve just heard Northern Ballet are extending the tour of their latest ballet for young children. Yippee! Our blog post last week featured Northern Ballet’s latest production ‘The Three Little Pigs’ which you can read about here, but we thought it would be worth listing their tour dates in full. Do go if you can and let us know what you think. Has anyone seen it already? Most of the dates are in the north but there is one at Southampton and one in Milton Keynes so check out the list, find a small person to take and huff and puff your way along to the front row!

Northern Ballet’s ‘Three Little Pigs’ Tour Dates:

Middlesbrough Theatre, Tue 11 March, 12.15pm, 2pm & 5pm, Box Office 01642 81 51 81

Hull Truck Theatre, Thu 13 March, 12.15pm, 2pm & 4.30pm, Box Office 01482 323 638

Goole Junction, Sat 15 March. 2pm, 4pm & 6pm, Box Office 01405 763 652

Liverpool Playhouse, Mon 17 March, 12.15pm, 1.45pm & 5pm, Box Office 0151 709 4776

Berwick-upon-Tweed The Maltings, Sat 22 March, 12.15pm, 2pm & 4pm, Box Office 01289 330 999

Barnsley Civic, Tue 25 March, 12.15pm, 2pm & 4pm, Box Office 01226 327 000

Bradford St. George’s Hall, Thu 27 March, 1.30pm & 6pm, Box Office 01274 432000

Bridlington Spa, Fri 28 March, 12.15pm, 2pm & 4pm, Box Office 01262 678 258

Doncaster Cast, Sat 29 March, 12.15pm & 3pm, Box Office 01302 303 959

Stirling Macrobert Theatre, Mon 31 March, 12.15pm, 2pm & 4.30pm, Box Office 01786 466 666

Durham Gala Theatre, Wed 2 April, 12.15pm, 2pm & 6.30pm, Box Office 03000 266600

Lancaster The Dukes, Fri 4 April, 12.15pm, 2pm & 4pm, Box Office 01524 598 500

Blackpool Grand Theatre, Sat 5 April, 12.15pm, 2pm & 4pm, Box Office 01253 743 346

Harrogate Theatre, Tue 8 April, 12.15pm, 2pm & 4pm, Box Office 01423 502 116

Leicester Curve Theatre, Fri 11 & Sat 12 April, 11am, 2pm & 4pm, (Fri 11 no 11am perf), Box Office 0116 242 3595

Barrow-in-Furness, The Forum, Tue, 15 April, 12.15pm, 2pm & 4pm, Box Office 01229 820 000

Huddersfield, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Thu 17 April, 12.15pm, 2pm & 3.45pm, Box Office 01484 430 528

Norwich, Theatre Royal, Fri, 16 May, 11.30am & 1.30pm, Box Office 01603 630 000

Milton Keynes Theatre, Fri 23 May, 11.30am & 1.30pm, Box Office 0844 871 7652

Southampton Mayflower Theatre, Fri 30 May, 11.30am & 1.30pm, Box Office 02380 711 811

Read more about the new tour on the Northern Ballet website here.

And since we’ve all made it through Blue Monday this week (officially the saddest day of the year!) we thought we’d share with you a TwinkleTip from Twinklesteps:

“Blue, red, black or green, whatever colour suits,

Dancing makes you feel brighter – in ballet shoes or boots!”

Twinklesteps Dancing

Twinklesteps Dancing

Have a lovely day from the Twinkle Team 🙂

Ballet Shows for Young Children

It’s so important to inspire young children to dance at a young age which is why it’s fantastic news that there are some wonderful ballet shows aimed at younger children about at the moment. With productions which are shorter in length, use music with strong melodies, fun choreography,  simple narratives and characters children will love, you have all the ingredients for a great children’s ballet show to inspire the next generation of dancers.

After the success of their first ballet show aimed specifically at young children (The Ugly Duckling), Northern Ballet launched the ‘Three Little Pigs‘ last year. This year you still have the opportunity to catch it in Bradford (27th March) or Southampton (30th May). Check out this trailer and you won’t be able to resist!

English National Ballet have a beautiful looking show launching in April. My First Ballet: Coppélia tells the tale of an eccentric toymaker and his mechanical doll in a beautifully adapted version for young audiences. Read more about it here and check out the tour dates on our what’s on page.

English National Ballet: Coppelia

English National Ballet: Coppelia

We try to keep our blog updated with ballet shows aimed at (or suitable for) younger children, so bookmark our what’s on page and let us know about any children’s ballet shows or events coming up near you. Follow our blog to keep up to date with children’s ballet shows, ballet and dance ideas, ballet gifts and products, ballet crafts and tips, news, magical play ideas and inspiring ballet and dance themed stories. Our magical ballet play shoes launch soon so watch this space!

Keep on your toes and learn how to do the ‘Duckling Dance‘ on the Cbeebies channel. Have fun, from the Twinkle Team 🙂

Northern Ballet bringing classic children’s tales to life

It’s so lovely to see Northern Ballet putting on ballet productions for young children. Their first ballet aimed especially at children aged 0-8 years was The Ugly Duckling and this October they are launching the Three Little Pigs. The performances are short, colourful and fun, bringing children’s classic tales to young audiences in a new way – through ballet and music. We’re huge supporters of making ballet accessible to younger children and new audiences and what better to do it than through tales all children know and love. Let us know if you go to see it.