A Day at the Ballet


Photo by Kel Casey

Did I mention that I used to want to be a professional ballet dancer?

I started dancing at age 3 and continued until about age 16, dancing several years with the New Orleans Ballet Company. I envisioned my daughter following in my pointe-shoe footsteps, but she prefers to enjoy ballet from the comfort of the audience.

No problem! We are both looking forward to the August 16th performance of Fairy Tales in the Park by San Diego Civic Youth Ballet (SDCYB). SDCYB has been the resident classical ballet school in Balboa Park since 1945, and this summer marks the 6th annual performance of the whimsical, interactive dance event that engages both young audiences and families, introducing them to the art of ballet through familiar stories they know and love.

Fairy Tales in the Park merges the beauty of ballet with the excitement of unforgettable stories. This one-day event features free outdoor activities in “Fairy Tale Village”; a magical journey through an “Enchanted Forest” theater lobby; and staged excerpts of beloved fairy tales. This year’s featured fairy tales include “Cinderella”, “Hansel and Gretel”, “The Emperor and The Nightingale”, and a sneak peek of the full-length spring ballet, “The Sleeping Beauty”.


Photo by Kel Casey

Mallory and I will enter a magical land of enchantment where fairy tales come alive on the historic Casa del Prado stage. The performance will be professionally narrated and, afterward, we will visit “Fairy Tale Village” for FREE interactive activities like…

Cinderella’s Closet: Dress-up, dream, and find your own inner princess or superhero with the Fairytale Fashionista.

Coronation Station: Create your own royal crown with San Diego Public Library, as well as sign up for a library card.

Rapunzel’s Salon: Let down your hair and receive a special hair-do by the stylists from Pigtails & Crewcuts.

Sing-Along Square: Make music and create a take-home instrument with Nightingale Music School.

Village Depot: Take the reigns as conductor of moving model trains with San Diego Model Railroad Museum.

Knight’s Corner: Learn about chivalry and meet modern day knights from Chivalry Today.

Providing young people with the opportunity to study ballet, regardless of their means or background, is an integral part of San Diego Civic Youth Ballet’s mission. Fairy Tales in the Park helps raise support for the school’s scholarship program for the upcoming school year; last year’s Fairy Tales in the Park helped SDCYB provide over $25,000 in financial aid to families in need in 2013-2014.

If you’d like to join us for a magical day of fun and fairy tales on August 16 in Balboa Park simply comment below with the name and age of your child. One lucky mom’s guide reader will receive two tickets to the 3 p.m. performance.

Shows begin at 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm, and tickets are just $10 (General Admission). “Fairy Tales Village” is open from 12pm-5pm. 


WHEN: Saturday, August 16, 2014 with shows at 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm.


WHERE: The Casa del Prado Theater in Balboa Park at 1800 Village Place, San Diego, CA, 92101.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Tickets can be purchased at  www.sdcyb.org. All tickets are $10, General Admission.

Photo by Kel Casey

Photo by Kel Casey



25 thoughts on “A Day at the Ballet

  1. momsguide says:

    Congratulations Jennifer, you are our day at the ballet winner! Your 2 tickets are being held at Will Call for the 3 p.m. show under “mom’s guide to San Diego.” ENJOY!

  2. Jennifer says:

    Athena, 3 years old. She’d love this.

  3. Meagan says:

    My little princess, Tyler is about to turn 5.

  4. Robin says:

    My lil ballerina, Aivleen, is 3!

  5. andria says:

    My girl Reagan is 6 she would love it

  6. MaryLou says:

    My daughters are 4 adn a hald and 2 and a half (Johnna and Gia). They adore dancing and princesses!!

  7. Sally Rubi says:

    Hi. My daughter’s name is Salina and she is 3. Thank you.

  8. Becky says:

    My daughter Maddie is 4. She’s been taking dance class for 2 years and loves ballet. And of course loves princesses. Hoping to make it to the show even if we don’t win tickets

  9. Cara Hinchman says:

    My daughter is Madison and she is 5. She loves going to the theater and anything princess or ballet!

  10. Ana M says:

    Sophia Rose, 3 years old, this sound so fun my little girl loves fairy tails, princess’s and dancing!

  11. Chauntie Brandis says:

    Aaliyah Lorraine- 10 yrs old

    Thank you for this info. Even if we don’t win tickets. We are still going to be there.

  12. Hola … My little girl Jimena she is 4, Will love to see your new show … Thank You have a GOOD Day.

  13. Melissa V says:

    My daughter would love to go. She is 10 and loves theater and dance!

  14. Megan G. says:

    Lve this! Sabrina is 7.

  15. Dawn Moody says:

    We’d love to go to the show!

  16. Jody Bridge says:

    Danika is 6 years old.

  17. Aryn says:

    I hit enter too soon! Her name is Tess and she is 5. Thank you.

  18. Aryn says:

    I would love to take my little fairy princess to see the show!

  19. Kari Schafer says:

    How exciting, Madison, 3… doesn’t leave home without a tutu on!!

  20. Aline Grigorian says:

    Josephine, age 4. She would LOVE this! She saw a flyer at daycare and told me she wanted to go! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  21. Irena says:

    Bianka, 7 years old:)

  22. Yolanda S. says:

    Andrea, 6 years old

  23. Keem says:

    Karina, 11 yrs old

  24. Allison says:

    My daughter’s name is Holly and she is 4 years old.

  25. Juanita Dawn says:

    My daughter’s name is Netana Dawn she is 6 years old

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