Timbercrest Junior High dancer plays Puss n’ Boots in ‘The Sleeping Beauty’

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Elizabeth Kanning
Elizabeth Kanning. Photos by Scott Moore
Nothing says “Sweet Sixteen” better than Ballet Bellevue’s 16th anniversary season opener, “The Sleeping Beauty.”

First produced by Ballet Bellevue in February 1996, this beloved fairy tale ballet has over the years become a signature piece for Bellevue’s own professional chamber ballet company.

Rising star of Ballet Bellevue School and Timbercrest Junior High student, Elizabeth Kanning will perform with the company in the corps, as well as in the role of Puss n’ Boots in the upcoming performance of “The Sleeping Beauty.”

Kanning, who is in the Freshman Academy at Woodinville High School, attends classes at the Ballet Bellevue School five days a week and rehearses sometimes six days a week.

“It can be tiring, especially on nights when I have a lot of homework, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” said Kanning.

She has danced previously with Ballet Bellevue in “The Nutcracker” and “The Snowman.”

“The Sleeping Beauty,” accompanied by live orchestra, will be performed Dec 28 at 7 p.m. and Dec 29 at 2 and 7 p.m. at The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center in downtown Bellevue.

“The Sleeping Beauty” is a classic story of love and adventure that appeals to all audiences, with lavish costumes and sets, amusing characters and a beautiful score performed live by the Ballet Bellevue orchestra and conducted by Barney Blough. Many of the original costumes will be worn for this 16th anniversary production.

The ballet has always been an audience favorite, but it is also a technically challenging work for the dancers.

“The Sleeping Beauty,” based on the 1697 Charles Perrault fairytale, tells the story of a beautiful princess who is cursed by an evil fairy and doomed to sleep for 100 years - only to be awakened by the kiss of the handsome prince who loves her.

Elizabeth Kanning2Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty composition is often regarded as his finest ballet score.

The Ballet Bellevue production creates a whimsical experience for the entire family.

For information, visit ( For tickets, call (425) 455-1345 or Brown Paper Tickets 1-800-838-3006 (

Patron center seating is $55; adult tickets are $40, student/senior admission is $25.

Groups of 10 or more receive 20 percent discount.

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