Bringing the arts of storytelling and ballet to audiences of all ages since 1996, Pages to Pirouettes performs abridged versions of the grand story ballets—Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia, The Nutcracker—at preschools, schools, museums, libraries, churches and synagogues, senior and special-needs communities and other venues that engage us for public and limited-audience shows.
Founded by professional ballet dancers Susan Cade and Michele MacDonald, Pages to Pirouettes celebrates the arts of storytelling and ballet. Our audiences hear the story and then see it come to life through dance and music. We then close with time for our audience to dance with us through a brief ballet lesson (or “chair ballet” for those with limited mobility), ask questions, examine our costumes and pointe shoes, ask questions, take a photo.
Our performances stand alone or are part of workshops, community engagement, fund-raising events, or other programs. For example, we toured Sleeping Beauty to neighborhood branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia to help kick off the summer reading program.