Press Release

Release Date: April 13, 2018
Contact: Cara Olsen/Assistant Director
Sandler Center Foundation
757.385.2402 |

Richmond Ballet & Sandler Center Foundation to Present
The Sleeping Beauty Lecture Demonstrations to Area Students

~Media Invitation to Attend Performance & Reception Included~

April 13th, 2018- Virginia Beach
On Tuesday, April 17th, almost 1,400 students in grades K-5 from 14 area schools located in Chesapeake, Hampton, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Suffolk will ascend on the Sandler Center of the Performing Arts for two matinée performances of Richmond Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty Lecture Demonstrations. Complete with music, a narrator and a small cast of dancers, these high-quality performances will introduce students to the language of ballet through a combination of storytelling and dance.

Over a three-day span, April 17 through 19, the performance will be taken on the road to 10 Hampton Roads area schools, reaching approximately 2,700 students in grades K-5 in the cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach

Students will share in the excitement of Princess Aurora’s parents, as they invite all the fairies of the kingdom to meet their new daughter. One excluded fairy brings a curse over the gathering that will change everyone’s world. This magical story, with audience participation, will have students filled with the joy of dancing. This performance is made possible in part by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Sandler Center Foundation offers a unique cultural experience to teachers, students and homeschool families through its Education Program.  These matinée performances provide many students with their first experience in a world-class performing arts venue, while also providing a fun learning experience to support and enhance the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs).  The Foundation, through the support of its members and education partners, including PRA Group, Dominion Energy and The Helen G Gifford Foundation, serves 15,000 students annually, 80% of whom receive attendance funding.

Founded in 2005, the Sandler Center Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization with a mission to educate, inspire creativity, broaden horizons, build community, enrich lives, increase understanding and acceptance through intercultural exchange, improve our local economy, strengthen our local arts organizations and instill appreciation of the arts to future generations through the underwriting of world-class performing arts programming and performances, including Bernstein on Broadway with the Virginia Arts Festival.

In addition to its Education Program, the Foundation also hosts the local military, Virginia Beach teachers, first responders and their families to a free Sandler Center resident company performance through their Local Heroes Program.   More can be found about membership and all these programs at


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