Forget Flowers For Recital Season: Give Inspiration

Recital season is exciting and maybe a little stressful. Butterflies are pinned into hair and fluttering in stomachs. The tradition is to bring a dancer flowers after the show, but this year I recommend you try something different. A pair of tickets to the ballet. Whatever style your young performer dances, Boston Ballet has two programs running right now that will awe and inspire any dancer at any level. I was provided tickets for review, and as always all opinions are my own.

Boston Ballet in Sir Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella; photo by Gene Schiavone, courtesy of Boston Ballet

Flowers last a few days before they start to fade. Seeing a performance at the Opera House leaves a lasting impression. The inspiration, motivation, awe, and real life fantasy of seeing professional dancers work their magic right before your eyes compares to nothing.

Cinderella, is a story we all know well. The ballet is beautiful with sparkling costumes, drama and humour.

If Cinderella is not your child’s thing then bring them to see Boston Ballet’s Rhapsody. This more contemporary program has pieces that your ballet, jazz, or hip hop dancer will relate to. Rhapsody has pieces that will pique a young dancer’s interest whether they see themselves dancing on a professional stage or choreographing dances some day.

Kathleen Breen Combes and Boston Ballet in Paulo Arrais’s ELA, Rhapsody in Blue; photo by Rachel Neville Photography; courtesy of Boston Ballet

Cinderella tickets start at $37 and student rush tickets are available for many performances ($30 cash at will call). In addition, you can save 50% on youth tickets for students under age 17 with the purchase of one full priced adult ticket. Call ahead to see which nights have rush tickets available (617) 695-6955.

I have partnered with Boston Ballet to offer a discount to City Living Boston readers a discount to Rhapsody. Use promo code CITYLIVING40 here for40% off all performances of Rhapsody May 16-Jun 9.

All performances of Cinderella and Rhapsody are at the Boston Opera House. Cinderella runs through June 8th and Rhapsody runs through June 9th.

Boston Ballet in Yakobson’s Pas de Quatre; photo by Rosalie O’Connor, courtesy of Boston Ballet

I wish the best of luck to your young dancers at their recitals and may you enjoy a wonderful evening together at the ballet as a celebration of their accomplishments and hard work.

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