Paris Ballet and Dance Stages Cinderella

The Jupiter ballet school and conservatory will celebrate its twelfth anniversary with a performance of Cinderella at Dreyfoos Hall May 15

Raelin Flanigan as Cinderella. Photo by Julie Luxton
Raelin Flanigan as Cinderella. Photo by Julie Luxton

Paris Ballet and Dance will bring the spellbinding magic of Cinderella to Dreyfoos Hall at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach during its twelfth anniversary show on May 15, at 8 p.m.

The dancers of Paris Ballet and Dance, the prestigious Jupiter school founded by former international professional dancer Jean-Hugues Feray in 2009, will present the beloved ballet for one night only on the main stage.

The timeless romantic ballet tells the tale of Cinderella, a young girl saved by a magical fairy godmother. Set to Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev’s unforgettable score, the ballet will feature exhilarating choreography by Feray, dazzling costumes, colorful sets, and the talents of the school’s young dancers.

With the full performance of Cinderella filling Act I, Act II will be comprised of variations from the school’s most advanced dancers. The twelfth anniversary show will close with an exclusive performance by international ballet stars Nicole Graniero and Brooklyn Mack, dancing Marius Petipa’s enthralling and unforgettable Le Corsaire pas de deux. Graniero is currently in her seventh season with The Washington Ballet and previously danced with American Ballet Theatre. Currently Mack is currently a guest artist with American Ballet Theatre, and has danced with Orlando Ballet, The Washington Ballet, and the English National Ballet.

Brooklyn Mack. Photo by Erik Sawaya
Brooklyn Mack. Photo by Erik Sawaya

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see international ballet stars Nicole Graniero and Brooklyn Mack perform together on the Kravis Center’s stage,” Feray said. “It’s very special and something audience members won’t see anywhere else. We’re so honored to close our big twelgth anniversary show with their much-anticipated performance.”

While Paris Ballet has performed at Rinker Playhouse, this show marks the first time the school’s students will perform on the main stage. This holds special meaning for Feray, who danced professionally for many years on that stage during his tenure with the original Ballet Florida.

“I spent 10 seasons dancing on the Kravis Center’s stage three times per year, including Ballet Florida’s popular holiday run of The Nutcracker,” he said. “It has meant so much to me to come full circle with my own school and have my dancers perform on the same stage when I spent so much of my professional career.”

Cinderella was initially slated to take place two years ago as a tenth anniversary performance, but never got its chance due widespread pandemic closures in spring 2020. This year’s twelfth anniversary performance is more spectacular than ever, Feray said.

Nicole Graniero. Photo by Lucas Chilczuk
Nicole Graniero. Photo by Lucas Chilczuk

“We are beyond excited to show the community how talented all of our dancers are,” he said. “Paris Ballet’s production of Cinderella is perfect for the entire family and an enchanting story that everyone will love. I’d like to encourage everyone to buy tickets for our twelfth anniversary performance and enjoy this incredible ballet on the Kravis Center’s mainstage.”

Cinderella will feature some of the school’s most advanced dancers. Jupiter resident Raelin Flanigan, 16, will star as Cinderella, while Jupiter resident Devon Luxton, 17, will star as the Prince.

The performance will also showcase the talents of students in Feray’s prestigious not-for-profit Paris Ballet Conservatory, an elite accelerated training program for students preparing for professional dance careers. A native of France, Feray served as a principal dancer with many international companies, including Ballet Florida and National Ballet de Marseille. With both his school and conservatory, he and his staff focus on teaching ballet in its purest, original French form, in addition to other forms of dance.

Tickets are $14-$49, with additional discounts for groups of 10 or more and groups of 50 and more. For tickets, call the Kravis Center box office at (561) 832-7469 or click here.

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