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Ballet stars and 'Sleeping Beauty' light up stages

Fans of the ballet have two intriguing choices this week: a classic fairy tale performed by acclaimed Russian dancers and a gala that pairs bright young dancers with international ballet stars.

The Rudolf Nureyev State Ballet Theatre of Russia will be at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Sunday to perform The Sleeping Beauty, the three-act ballet of the classic fairy tale set to the music of Tchaikovsky. The performance is at 3 p.m. Sunday, and tickets are $28 to $58. (727) 893-7832.

On Saturday, the Youth America Grand Prix gala returns to Tampa, featuring performances by international ballet stars as well as bright young dance talent on the same stage. Included are St. Petersburg natives Daniel Ulbricht (principal dancer, New York City Ballet) and Alisson Miller (soloist, Houston Ballet) as well as Winter Park's Emily Kadow (San Francisco Ballet corps de ballet dancer). Other featured dancers include Beckanne Sisk (star of the CW hit reality show Breaking Pointe), Veronika Part (principal dancer, American Ballet Theatre), Ashley Bouder (principal dancer, New York City Ballet) and Taras Domitro (principal dancer, San Francisco Ballet), among others. The gala is 8 p.m. Saturday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. Tickets start at $32.50. (813) 229-7827

Ballet stars and 'Sleeping Beauty' light up stages 12/31/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 5:57pm]

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