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CLC presents 'Sleeping Beauty' Ballet

Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center will present the Continental Ballet Company’s production of “Sleeping Beauty” Oct. 13. Submitted Photo

Ballet is returning to Brainerd, when the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center at

Central Lakes College presents the Continental Ballet Company's production of "Sleeping


There will be two performances Oct.13 at 2 and 7 p.m. in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus of CLC.

Continental Ballet Company is a professional touring company based in Bloomington. The founder/director is Riet Velthusien, a native of Holland.

The ballet "Sleeping Beauty" has been staged by Velthuisen using the original music by Tchaikovsky and the addition of some of Mrs. Velthuisen's original choreography, a news release stated. In this classic children's fairy tale Princess Aurora has a spell cast on her that has puts her to sleep for 100 years. She can only be awakened by a kiss from her true love.

The ballet will show the celebration on her awakening. As one can imagine, special guests will be invited to the castle to celebrate this joyous occasion. Traditional fairy tale characters such as Puss and Boots and Little Red Riding Hood are among the guests.

"We've presented the Continental Ballet Company as part of our series for the past two seasons," Patrick Spradlin, the director of the performing center, stated in an email. "Their performances of Cinderella and Coppelia have been very well received here. We thought that ballet might be a risky venture for us, but we were clearly proven wrong."

Spradlin says he chose Continental for several reasons. "First, they're Minnesota-based. And

they have a mission of reaching young people through the arts that is also part of our mission.

And, their performances last year were met with such enthusiasm."

Continental Ballet Company was founded in 1988 by Riet Velthuisen. Riet has danced

professionally with several European ballet companies, including the Dutch National Ballet. Riet

studied classical ballet in Amsterdam, The Hague and Paris. The Continental Ballet Company is

a member of the Bloomington Fine Arts Council and resides at the Bloomington Center for the

Arts. The performers are professional dancers and can include as many as 30 dancers for a single production. In addition to the performing company, Continental Ballet Company operates a studio of ballet offering dance lessons for students of all ages and abilities.

Tickets are available from the CLC box office at 218-855-8199, or online at

This show is sponsored by Essentia Health. This activity is made possible by the voters of

Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative

appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The entire CLC Performing Arts Center

season is made possible in part by an operating grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board,

thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.