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Dance Appreciation: Swan Lake

Ever wondered about the ballets our studios are named after?


In this Dance Appreciation series, we will be introducing you to the world of Classical Ballet,

beginning with Swan Lake!


Characters

From Left:

Odette - Swan Queen

Prince Siegfried - Prince

Von Rothbart - Evil Sorcerer

Odile - Rothbart's daughter


Synopsis


Von Rothbart puts Odette and her friends under a spell that can only be broken if she finds true love. By day, they are swans and only at night, they return to human form. Prince Siegfried falls in love with Princess Odette but Von Rothbart tricks Prince Siegfried into marrying his daughter Odile instead. In the end, Siegfried and Odette ascend into the heavens, where they are united forever.


Here are some of the most iconic scenes in Swan Lake:



Choreographer: Julius Reisinger

Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Did you know?


In Act III of Swan Lake, the Swan Queen does 32 fouetté turns!

Fouetté means 'to whip' in French , and it refers to a pirouette with a quick whipping movement of the raised leg.



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