Cinderella ballet

The Brevard Ballet Youth Company featuring the Brevard Ballet Academy present 'Cinderella' at the Eau Gallie High School Performing Arts Center on May 25.

BREVARD COUNTY — Premiering next weekend, dancers from the Brevard Ballet Youth Company will breathe life into a tale of love, magic and fairy tale endings with “Cinderella.”

The production is scheduled to take center stage from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, May 25 at the Performing Arts Center at Eau Gallie High School, 400 Commodore Blvd., Melbourne.

Ticket prices range from $15-$25 and are available online at

Alongside the Brevard Ballet Youth Company, the Brevard Ballet Academy students will showcase their training under the direction of Owner and Academy Director Elena Shokhina, who has traveled worldwide for 16 years as a principal dancer for both the Russian St. Petersburg Ballet and American Nevada Ballet Theatre.

“My vision was that it’s a perfect show for kids and adults, and everyone enjoys the classic fairy tale story of Cinderella,” Mrs. Shokhina said. “We wanted to put on a ballet production that’s fun for the whole family.”

The performance will feature more than 100 dancers who will grace the stage with music from Sergei Prokofiev’s “Cinderella.”

Taking on the role of “Cinderella” is Brevard Ballet Academy student and 14-year-old dancer Vivien Levine.

“I think she’s going to be professional one day,” Mrs. Shokhina said of Vivien.

Recently announced for the dreamy role of “Prince Charming” is Arcadian Broad, a 23-year-old star who was lead dancer for the Orlando Ballet and has appeared on television shows such as “America’s Got Talent,” “So You Think You Can Dance” and “The Ellen Degeneres Show.”

The Brevard Ballet Academy has brought numerous sold-out shows and international guest dancers to local theatres, and offers classes for both children and adults.

Each year, the academy has given tickets to local nonprofits Candlelighters of Brevard, Inc., and Promise In Brevard to show its support of the community.

“I’m excited for all of my students and I cannot wait to see it myself,” Mrs. Shokhina said.

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