Cinderella is a story children around the world grew up with and a story coming to life a The Long Center this weekend. Just in time for Mother's Day, Ballet Austin will present it's final performance of the 2015-2016 season.
In the lead roles are dancers Jaime Lynn Witts and Frank Shott. The two also happen to be a couple in real life. The fell in love while working at Ballet Austin and got married. This weekend's performance is the last of Shott's dance career. He's retiring from Ballet and moving on to study Physical Therapy at Texas State University.
Cinderella was the first full length performance Artistic Director Stephen Mills choreographed for Ballet Austin back in 1998. He tells us dance has great changed since it began.
"The type of body that is dancing ballet is not the same as it was 400 years ago you know. Even 200 years ago. Even 20 years ago you know. Bodies are different. There's a great interest in pop culture around dance. And ballet is not left out of that. So it changes and I think that's what continues to make it relevant."
Balllet Austin was founded in 1956. The original studio was located at 30th and Guadalupe. It was one of Austin's oldest fire houses. The company moved to it's current location on 3rd and San Antonio in 2008.
Tickets are still on sale for the shows this weekend. There will be 4 performances at The Long Center.
The opening show is Friday night at 8:00. There are 2 shows on Saturday. One at 2:00 p.m. and the other at 7:00 p.m.
The last performance is on Mother's Day at 3:00 p.m.
For more information and to buy tickets visit https://balletaustin.org/
You can also see Amanda's full interviews with Jamie Lynn Witts and Frank Shott here.
And with Artistic Director Stephen Mills here.