Dancing fairytales for the new millennium

Don’t expect to see just the old fairytale characters during the Institute of Dance and Ballet Theater’s production this weekend at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall in Minot State University’s Old Main.

The characters referred to in “A Storybook Ballet II” are more of the modern variety. Rinat Mouzafarov said dance parents persuaded him to highlight characters that today’s kids and their parents grew up with for the production that marks his 20th year in Minot.

So audiences can expect to see the young performers dance in numbers from “Scooby Doo,” “Mary Poppins,” the characters from “Despicable Me,” “Winnie the Pooh,” “Red Riding Hood,” “Thumbelina,” “Raggedy Ann and Andy,” “Fancy Nancy,” “Harry Potter,” “Frozen,” “Tangled,” “Star Wars,” “Spider-Man” and more. Each dance is short and tells a story about the characters being depicted.

“It’s very good for the family,” said Mouzafarov, who said the dances are adorable and the costumes are terrific.

“My students have worked so hard,” he said.

Mouzafarov said he also could not put on such an extensive production without the help of his army of volunteers, who work on everything from sewing costumes to managing stage lighting and stage sets.

The spring recital is particularly important for the Bolshoi-trained Mouzafarov because it marks his two decades in Minot and all of the effort he has put into growing his successful ballet studio in northwest Minot and becoming a “local.”

Performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday, all at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased in advance at Esoterica, Video Magic, Jacobsen Music, Northwest Music, Home Sweet Home and the Institute of Dance and Ballet Theater. Call the Institute of Dance and Ballet Theater for more information at 837-0239.