Stage & Dance

Hot nights under the spotlights at Ballet Under the Stars

Alexander Guzman went airborne in a scene during a rehearsal for Ballet Under the Stars at Woodland Park in Lexington. The event begins Thursday and runs through Sunday.
Alexander Guzman went airborne in a scene during a rehearsal for Ballet Under the Stars at Woodland Park in Lexington. The event begins Thursday and runs through Sunday.

If the dancers from Kentucky Ballet Theatre want to jump a little higher, leap a little farther, this weekend is their annual chance to do so without a ceiling or walls to contain them. And if you prefer to watch your ballet in short sleeves, sipping wine on a blanket or a beach chair, pay attention.

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Brie Lowry went en pointe during a recent rehearsal at Woodland Park. Matt Goins

For the 27th year, Ballet Under the Stars will take to the stage under tall trees, the night sky and spotlights in Woodland Park. The evening begins with area student dancers presenting “Madeline in Paris.” Aspiring dancers ages 3 to 8 can join the “Madeline” cast before the show for a special tea, including a chance to learn a dance and get your picture taken with characters from the show.

Then, it’s the main showcase, with area professional dancers from Ballet Theatre presenting a diverse program of classical and contemporary fare while stars and fireflies dance above.

If you go

Ballet Under the Stars

What: Ballet performance featuring dancers from Kentucky Ballet Theatre

When: 8 p.m. Aug. 3 to 6; advance show, “Madeline in Paris,” with student dancers at 8, main performance at 9

Where: Woodland Park on the Kentucky Avenue side

Admission: $6

Notes: Bring a blanket or chair for seating. Picnics welcome, concessions available on site

Online: Lexingtonky.gov/ballet-under-stars

Tea parties: Special program for children ages 3 to 8, 6-7 p.m. Aug. 4-6; $15 also covers Ballet Under the Stars admission; go to the website to register

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