Week of May 10-14, 2021
In 1940, American Ballet Theatre (then called Ballet Theatre) performed the Act II of Swan Lake at the Center Theatre in Rockefeller Center. Patricia Bowman performed the role of Odette (White Swan) and in the process became the first ballerina to dance the role of a princess for ABT. Four years later Tamara Toumanova was the first to bring Odette’s counterpart Princess Odile (Black Swan) to the stage!
While Odette and Odile may be among the most famous princesses in classical ballet, ABT’s repertoire is filled with many inspirational princesses. Many you will recognize from your favorite fairy tales (Aurora from The Sleeping Beauty), some are inspired by real princesses from history (Helen of Troy), and one princess that some people mistake for a bird (Princess Florine from The Sleeping Beauty) because she dances with the Bluebird!
This week on ABTKids Daily we celebrate and pay tribute to all of our favorite royal princesses. Don’t’ forget to put on your tiara and practice your best princess wave!