Dancers bring "The Sleeping Beauty" to cancer patients

Joseph Morrissey
December 14, 2016

The highlight of December in the Dance department was the all-new production of The Sleeping Beauty, which opened on Dec. 8. Between preparations, two college dance department chairs visited the young dancers and gave master classes: Michael Vernon of Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and Jodie Gates of the University of Southern California.

The dance students also took an afternoon out of their busy schedule to spread holiday cheer to cancer patients at a local hospital. After the Dec. 2 visit, Joseph Morrissey shared the following on the Department of Dance’s Facebook page:

“Today the fairy tale characters from our upcoming production of The Sleeping Beauty paid a visit to the Cowell Family Cancer Center during the Pediatric Infusion Treatment hours. It was a privilege to visit these wonderful people and everyone had a memorable time. With Little Red Riding Hood, The Big Bad Wolf, Puss in Boots, The White Cat, The Frog Prince and his Princess, and the Bluebird and his Enchanted Princess (whom he tries to teach to fly) there were many smiles all around. It was indeed a moving and inspiring visit and we hope to make many more in the future.”