Newton, NC – This week, the Catawba County Library will be showcasing special adaptations of the Cinderella ballet, as performed by Hickory Ballet and Performing Arts.

The performances are interactive, encouraging children to get involved in Cinderella’s efforts to escape her stepmother, attend the king’s ball, and find true love. The goal of the shows is to teach youngsters how to communicate through movement and to show how dance tells stories without words.

At each Cinderella presentation, students from Hickory Ballet will demonstrate the various ways they use gesture, expression, and other physical movements to help people understand what is happening on stage from moment to moment.

In addition to seeing portions of the ballet performed, children will have the chance to learn some ballet steps themselves. Not only will they discover the discipline needed to perform, but they’ll also realize how precise the actions must be to tell an effective story.

Each program will also be followed by an activity based on the story. The shows are open to boys and girls, to families, and to people of all ages.

In its ongoing partnership with Hickory Ballet, the library has also hosted performances of The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, and Alice in Wonderland at all seven branches, thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library.

The programs will take place at the following dates and locations:
Saturday, February 29 at 10 am at the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library
Saturday, February 29 at 11:30 am at the Maiden Branch Library
Saturday, February 29 at 1 pm at the St. Stephens Branch Library

To learn more about the Catawba County Library System or any of its programs, visit, call 828.465.8664, email [email protected], or visit them on Facebook.