YOUNG DANCERS — The Tiny Tots of Mohawk Valley Ballet will perform Coppelia at Kirkland Art Center, 9 1/2 E. Park Row, April 16 and 17. (Photo submitted)

Young dancers to perform ‘Coppelia’ at KAC April 16-17

Published Mar 28, 2018 at 4:00pm

CLINTON — The Tiny Tots of Mohawk Valley Ballet will perform Coppelia at Kirkland Art Center, 9 1/2 E. Park Row, April 16 and 17.

The performances are set for 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 16; and 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17. Each performance lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Admission is $3 per person. Attending adults should be limited to the number needed to supervise. Teachers are to collect the admission fees and send payments to the Kirkland Art Center in advance, along with the reservation. You must call or email the KAC to reserve space for a school group. Reservations will be honored on a first come-first served basis.

For reservations, call the Kirkland Art center at 315-853-8871 Tuesday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

KAC has long been the home of the special show and provides an intimate venue for the young children to experience ballet for what is for many, the very first time. The show is interactive and allows the children to see the dancers up close, hear the story read to them as well as danced out before their eyes, and meet the dancers after the show.

A light-hearted ballet for the entire family to enjoy, Coppelia tells the story of an eccentric toymaker, life-sized dancing dolls, and a young couple in love. Premiered in 1870, Coppelia has continued to delight audiences for nearly 150 years with its timeless tale of mischief, magic and merriment. Set to Leo Delibes’ buoyant orchestral score, Coppelia is a beloved ballet for the young and young-at-heart.

Space permitting, parents may bring their children individually to the performances, but they should also call to confirm that space is available.

Mohawk Valley Ballet gives young ballet students the opportunity to participate in professional level ballet productions like the Nutcracker every year. Participating in full stage productions gives the students a broader idea of what it takes to put on a performance.

Each year the upper level students take what they have learned and put it into practice during the annual production of Tiny Tots at the Kirkland Arts Center. Tiny Tots is a completely student-led production that is put on for local kindergarteners and pre-school pupils. 

Every spring MVB dancers choose a story, select music, choreograph dances, design sets and rehearse and prepare the special production. The oldest students have the opportunity to try their hand at leading a production. The dancers who perform are the usually those in their pre-teens and early teens and Tiny Tots gives them a chance to dance larger roles than they likely have had the opportunity to do in other MVB productions. The audience is made of up young children.