August, 2014 – Alice in Wonderland


Ballet East Partners With Center for Creative Education

to Take 3rd-Grade Students on an Exciting Journey Through the Arts

With an Original and Unexpected Production of Alice in Wonderland, Complete With a Tap Dancing Mad Hatter


West Palm Beach, FL (August 6, 2014) – A group of more than fifty 3rd-graders

Emma Parssi (Wellington) as the tap-dancing Mad Hatter and Sydney Sheldon (WPB) as the Cheshire Cat
Emma Parssi (Wellington) as the tap-dancing Mad Hatter and Sydney Sheldon (WPB) as the Cheshire Cat

watched on Tuesday, eyes wide open and big smiles on their cute faces, as “The Mad Hatter” sneaked around and plopped down on the “Queen’s” throne while she wasn’t looking.  This is not allowed, and certainly frowned upon by Her Majesty! But the crowd loved it.  The fact that the Mad Hatter was also wearing tap shoes and tapping out the lead role in the Ballet East original production of Alice in Wonderland made the show that much more enjoyable for the young audience.  The show returns for a second group of youngsters on Thursday, August 7 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Center for Creative Education, located at 425 24th St. in West Palm Beach.

The production was part of the Center for Creative Education’s new “Discover Series,” which takes kids on a tour of music, dance, theater, visual arts and media arts. Ten dancers from Ballet East (formerly Susan Lyle Studios) donned amazing costumes and performed excerpts from the ballet Alice in Wonderland, with original choreography by Ballet East Artistic Director Chelsea Nasby.  Bringing a new dimension to the production was a tap-dancing “Mad Hatter,” something one would not expect to see in a ballet. The show was very well received and the cast is looking forward to its return engagement on Thursday.

For more information contact Chelsea Nasby at Ballet East (561-683-0096) or Olga Vazquez at CCE (561-805-9927)