American Ballet Theatre offers free “Ballet Basics” at American Girl Place

Ballerinas-in-the-making get a free head-start on Giselle mania, March 10 at American Girl Place.

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American Ballet Theatre dancers in Giselle

American Ballet Theatre dancers in Giselle

Giselle mania kicks off for Chicago grownups on March 22, when American Ballet Theatre opens its five-show run of the Romantic classic at the Auditorium Theatre. (The Paris Opéra Ballet’s production follows suit at the Harris Theater June 27 and 28.) Kids, however, get a head-start: Former ABT dancer and current teaching artist Anna Spelman will lead four 20-minute lessons at American Girl Place on March 10, between 11am and 1pm. They’re for girls ages 8 and up but no dance experience is necessary. Best of all, they’re free of charge, but space is limited and admission is first-come, first-served. For further details, contact American Girl Place (835 N Michigan Ave, 877-247-5223).


Need some inspiration? Check out two of our faves: Alina Cojocaru as Giselle, with Johan Kobborg as Albrecht, at the Royal Opera House in London in 2006; and Martine van Hamel as Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis, in ABT’s classic 1977 production (skip to 2:45).



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