Island Youth Ballet presents ‘Excerpts from Cinderella’

Island Youth Ballet’s “Excerpts from Cinderella” continues an Island tradition this weekend with a springtime ballet full of hope and magic.

The performances are at 7 p.m. on June 10 and 2 p.m. on June 11 at the Mercer Island High School Performing Arts Center.

More than 40 Mercer Island ballet students will perform highlights from the classical story of a young girl who discovers her prince with the loving help of friendly forest creatures and a fairy godmother.

Set to the Sergei Prokofiev score, Island Youth Ballet’s “Excerpts from Cinderella” is a condensed version of the full length ballet, making it a delightful experience for all ages.

Lavish costumes and theatrical detail will help set the scene for a magical journey with sewing mice, butterflies and a grand ball.

“We are proud to provide this high quality and entertaining ballet based on the themes of kindness and hope to the Mercer Island community,” said Founding Artistic Director Susan Valencia. “Watching the story come alive through artistic performances of these talented dancers in magical splendor and theatrical elegance will encourage audiences to believe in their dreams in which good wins.”

Tickets for reserved VIP seating ($35) and general admission ($25) may be purchased at the door or by calling 206-275-4750 or visiting

The Children’s Dance Conservatory/Island Youth Ballet is located in the historic Lakeview School on the south end of Mercer Island. Founded in 1984 by Valencia, the school provides an atmosphere that is fun and dynamic, sophisticated and academically challenging, while embracing a reputation for high artistic merit. Hundreds of Mercer Island youth have danced in their classes and performances, and many have continued their dancing beyond IYB due to their outstanding training.

For more information on “Excerpts from Cinderella,” Island Youth Ballet and the Children’s Dance Conservatory, call 206-522-9399, visit the studio at 8635 SE 68th St. or see

Correction: A previous version of this article had the general admission price listed as $2. It is $25.