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Ballet Academy will present Sleeping Beauty on May 16


By Michelle Key

Rain or shine, Ballet Academy will present Sleeping Beauty under the Twenty-One Acres pavilion on May 16. The show will begin at 2:30 p.m.

The production cast consists of 21 dancers including Brenna Sumner as Princess Aurora. Sumner is a professional dancer and teacher at the Ballet Academy. She said she was waiting for the COVID-19 restrictions to end so she could resume her professional career.

Also, appearing as Blue Bird, is professional dancer Dawn Kamphaus Keys. She also works as an instructor at the Ballet Academy while recovering from an injury.

“Brenna and Dawn are alumni of the Ballet Academy,” studio owner Angela White said. “It’s exciting to watch them perform and teach in the studio.”

Madi Dwyer, a longtime student of Angie White, will play Carabosse. Dwyer was also instrumental in the creative process for Sleeping Beauty. The show also features advanced Ballet Academy students in the lead roles of Lilac Fairy, performed by Rebecca Turochy; Meadow Fairy, performed by Melody Hays and Crystal Fountain Fairy, performed by Emma Blersch.

The choreography for Sleeping Beauty began in February and is the studio’s fifth production. Alice in Wonderland was canceled last year due to COVID-19.

Ballet Academy began in August 2015 under White’s tutelage.

“It had always been my dream to open my own dedicated studio focused on classical ballet training,” White said. “We are unique in that we are the only studio in this field that offers this type of training. We do not participate in the forum dance competition like other studios.

Registration for the summer session is now open, according to White. In addition to regular courses, the school offers two summer camps. Our Once Upon a Time camp will be for children ages 3½ to 5 in June, and the Ballet Beautiful camp for young dancers ages 6 to 8 will take place in July.

Tickets will be sold at the door on the day of the show or can be purchased at the Ballet Academy before the show. The price is $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Concessions will be sold before and after the show. Attendees are encouraged to bring their picnic baskets and lounge chairs for post-show lunch at the beautiful Twenty-One Acres lot, located at 5505 Wire Road in Auburn.

For more information, visit the website at or call the studio at 334-737-5551.

The 2021-22 school session will begin early bird registration for the fall on July 1, with the fall semester starting on August 16.

“Come join us at Ballet Academy and awaken the spirit of dance,” said White.

* Go to A10 for photos of Sleeping Beauty rehearsals.