Milestone of dance

Vienna Festival Ballet.
Vienna Festival Ballet.
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Ballet fans will love a 35th birthday party at the Lancaster Grand this Sunday.

The Vienna Festival Ballet celebrates 35 years with an Anniversary Gala starting at 5pm.

The show includes highlights from the world’s most beloved Tchaikovsky ballets such as the Rose Adagio and the Bluebird pas de deux from Sleeping Beauty.

There will also be Clara’s journey to the glittering land of snow in The Nutcracker, Gershwin’s ground breaking Rhapsody in Blue and the famous lakeside scene from Swan Lake, including the Dance of the Cygnets, which opens the second act.

The highly successful hip hop scene from Vienna Festival Ballet’s Snow White also appears here, as does the Dance of the Mirlitons and the Trepak Dance from the Nutcracker. The gala closes with the beautiful Corn pas de deux from Coppélia and a spectacular grand finale.

Peter Mallek, artistic director, said: “A lot of the bigger companies cannot perform in smaller venues.

“We have tailored our productions so that we are able to adjust the ballet to fit all different sizes of stage.

“This means we can bring ballet as close to home for our audiences as possible, so they don’t have extra travel costs and long journeys.

“They can see a very high standard of ballet at an affordable price, right on their doorstep.”

Also at the Grand this week, TV comedian Andy Parsons (Thursday, 8pm) and Irish country singer Nathan Carter (Wednesday, 7.30pm).

For tickets, call 01524 64695 or go to www.lancastergrand.co.uk .