March 23, 2018                                                          

Contact: Angela Williams

Local Dancers to Introduce the art of ‘Going to the Ballet’

Madeline – A Classical Ballet for Children


WHITESTOWN, IN – Attending the ballet can be intimidating as an adult, let alone an adult taking their child to the ballet for the first time. Typically a full-length ballet tells a story through its own unique set of intricate dance steps and pantomime. With this in mind, local dance studio, Renovate Dance, will bring the children’s ballet Madeline, choreographed by the late Sandra Severo, Detroit dance legend, to our local community.

Inspired by the beloved children’s book Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans, this full-length ballet tells the story of “twelve little girls in two straight lines” in one act with four scenes and a total run time of 35 minutes.

This ballet has been specifically choreographed to delight and entertain children. Music found throughout the ballet is by composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Beautiful costuming, scenery and props will transport children to Paris, France at the turn of the twentieth century.

“I often encourage families to start a tradition of attending one of the many wonderful Nutcracker ballet productions in the Indianapolis area, but even the Nutcracker’s two-hour run time can be difficult for many children to sit through,” said Angela Williams, Artistic Director, Renovate Dance. “Madeline is a wonderful opportunity to introduce children to the ballet. It is our hope this production will help foster a life-long appreciation of the performing arts.” Williams goes on to explain, “Attending the ballet is a tangible way to teach children their support makes a difference in the future of the performing arts. We are not able to continue teaching in our current studio space. We are hopeful this ballet production will help raise enough money for a studio space that will allow us to continue serving families in our community for years to come.” All of proceeds from the ballet Madeline will go directly towards a new studio space for Renovate Dance.

A list of resources has been developed and posted to to help children fully enjoy their experience ‘going to the ballet.’ Included are a Young Persons Guide to Attending the Ballet and short videos describing the pantomime and music used throughout the ballet Madeline.

Included in the price of admission, children will have an opportunity to try on costumes over their clothing, dance on a stage to music from the production and meet the dancer playing the role of Madeline.

Madeline will be performed Saturday, April 14 at 2:00 p.m. at the beautiful Pike Performing Arts Center, 6017 Zionsville Rd, Indianapolis. Reserved seating ticket prices are $7, $10 and $12. Tickets may be purchased online at