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Adults, kids bring Youth Ballet’s ‘Cinderella’ to life

Wicked stepsisters performed by Hardin Minor and Drew Nowlin, with Marena Perez as Cinderella.

This is a “Cinderella” year, as Gay Porter sees it.

Before the rags-to-romance story swept into movie theaters in its latest Disney form, it supplied one of the interlocking adventures in the film of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods.” Now the Charlotte Youth Ballet, led by longtime dance teacher Porter, is getting into the act.

The group will perform composer Sergei Prokofiev’s version of the fairy tale Saturday and Sunday at Halton Theater, with dancers from Balleteatro Nacional de Puerto Rico starring as Cinderella and the Prince. About 80 students from a half-dozen Charlotte-area ballet schools will help flesh out the saga of the lowly girl who marries a prince.

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