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Sierra Nevada Ballet: High Art, Nevada Style

Cinderella dancing with her prince
Cinderella dancing with her prince

I recently had the opportunity to take my daughter,who is currently taking ballet lessons, to the Sierra Nevada Ballet performance of Cinderella at Nightingale Concert Hall on UNR’s campus.

Sierra Nevada Ballet is currently celebrating their 15th anniversary, as well as finally  having a home of their own, which is a dance studio at 3929 S. McCarran Blvd. The mission of Sierra Nevada Ballet is high quality performance, arts education and collaboration.

Rosine Bena, the artistic director, introduced the show, where she mentioned that the story of Cinderella dates back to Roman times, and there are over 700 versions of the story. She also said that she chose a version where the character of the Fairy God Mother is actually a Spirit Mother, in which the story showcases the love between mother and daughter as well as the romantic love with the prince.

Cinderella marries her prince
Cinderella marries her prince

I think this performance is such an excellent example of the benefits we have as residents of the Biggest Little City. This production felt so “big city” – it was extremely professional, finely tuned, and with amazing costumes. The talent of the dancers really blew me off my feet, as I’m so used to seeing beginning ballerinas that it’s very inspiring to see professional ballerinas take the stage.

The Mother Spirit leads Cinderella’s carriage to the ball.

I fell in love with the character of the Spirit Mother. This production was so “not Disney”, and truly set itself apart bringing the love of the mother into many acts of the performance. I also found it inspiring how they intermingled the novice ballerinas with the professional ballerinas into a seamless production.

I left with the impression that if your child wants to get serious about ballet, Sierra Nevada Ballet would be an excellent place to get them started, or to advance their skills.

Thank you to Sierra Nevada Ballet for this wonderful experience!


About Lynnette Bellin

Lynnette Bellin
Lynnette Bellin is the former owner and site manager of the Reno Moms Blog. She is a married mother of a teenage daughter and a highly energetic tween boy. Lynnette moved to Reno in 2001 after choosing to live in a place that she loved for its natural beauty. She has written four children's books, including The Kindness Ninja and a series of three books called Adeline’s Magical Moments Collection. She has been obsessed with blogging since 2002. Lynnette loves to experience outdoor adventures in our area, including skiing, hiking, camping, and open water swimming. She spends her days working from home for a NYC ad agency and shuttling kids to dance, lacrosse and basketball.

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