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.

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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