Roanoke, VA

The Southwest Virginia Ballet's Cinderella at the Berglund Center will benefit the underprivileged in the area

Cheryl E Preston
Pedro Szalay Artistic Director Southwest Virginia BalletPhoto byRoanoke Valley Television Youtube screenshot

Cinderella returns to the Roanoke Valley

The Southwest Virginia Ballet has been bringing the art of dance to life in the Roanoke Valley for 32 years and their annual rendition of the Nutcracker each holiday season is a local favorite. On Saturday, April 1 the SVB will present the beloved classic fairytale Cinderella at the Berglund Center in Roanoke with performances at 2 PM and 7 PM. Ticket prices are $20-$32-$49 and $59 and parking is $5.00.

Pedro Szalay, SVB Artistic Director, has created original choreography to the music by famed composer Sergei Prokofiev.  The three-act production of Cinderella will feature 40 dancers as well as magnificent sets and costumes.

Cinderella is a classic fairytale from an adaptation of the story by the Brothers Grimm. SWB first performed it in Roanoke in 2011. WFIR interviewed Szalay who said this will be a full company performance and that Southwest Virginia Ballet will have local performers-some who are only in the 4th grade. There will be parents and also return dancers from the Nutcracker and students from Dance Espanol!

SVB assists the underprivileged and those at risk in the community

This rendition of Cinderella will be more than entertainment because there is a very special intention behind it. Proceeds from performances make it possible for talented children who may not be able to afford training in performing arts to see their dream come true. Please support local arts and the young people of Southwest Virginia by attending Cinderella and other SWB features and ensure their mission is accomplished.

SWB's mission is to make the performing arts experience available to all ages from all walks of life through full-length productions of varied repertoire including classical ballet, contemporary, and new works. Southwest Virginia Ballet provides, free of charge, the highest quality of pre-professional training possible to young dancers and promotes cultural enrichment and awareness to the art of dance. SVB is committed to offering outreach opportunities for under-served and at-risk children and adults from across Southwest Virginia.   

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