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Fairy wings, tutus and sparkles are what it takes to join the Grand Fairy Parade, to be staged before the International Ballet Gala, which features some beloved dances.
LITTLE princesses and fairies have a once-off opportunity to join the Grand Fairy Parade ahead of the International Ballet Gala matinée.

The gala is being staged at the Teatro at Montecasino from 7 to 10 July, following successful shows across the world. It has been seen in New York and Moscow, St Petersburg and Paris, London and Tokyo, among other cities.

Extracts from several famous ballets are included in the show, such as Swan Lake, Don Quixote and Le Corsaire. In all, there will be five unforgettable performances, notes Jonathan Hurwitz, the public relations officer at Mzansi Productions, on behalf of the event.

The matinée performance is on Saturday, 9 July. Girls between the ages of five and 14 have been invited to dress up in their favourite ballet or fairy costumes to take part in a Grand Fairy Parade from 12pm.

They will be divided into five age groups to parade across the stage; winners out of the groups will be asked to go on stage at the end of the ballet performance to present flowers to the ballerinas.

The International Ballet Gala features 25 globally acclaimed dancers from six continents, with ballerinas coming from South Africa, Canada, United States and Cuba, among other countries.

According to Hurwitz, the shows will offer “some of the finest ballet dancers in the world, many of whom were medallists at the Cape Town International Ballet competitions in 2008 and 2010, as well as other stars and leading South African dancers”.

“It is a display of the finest classical ballet dancing to be seen in South Africa for many years,” he adds.

The Grand Fairy Parade will take place from 12pm to 2.30pm and the International Ballet Gala will follow at 3pm. Tickets for each child participating in the parade are R350; they must be booked by calling 011 492 1467/77 before 24 June.

For others, tickets for the performance range from R80 to R350 and are available from Computicket.

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