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    Thursday, August 11, 2022

    Ballerina Swan takes the stage at The Garde

    Dancers with the Eastern Connecticut Ballet rehearse Thursday, May 19, 2022, for their upcoming performance of “Ballerina Swan” at The Garde Arts Center in New London. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

    New London — Dancers with the East Lyme-based Eastern Connecticut Ballet have been rehearsing for their upcoming performance of “Ballerina Swan” at The Garde Arts Center.

    "Ballerina Swan" spins the tale of a swan named Sophie who longs to leave her pond in the city park and become a ballerina. With huge wings and bright orange webbed feet, Sophie faces unique challenges alongside human dancers in the classroom. Still, her determination and passion help her to achieve her dream: a role in Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake."

    The ballet is adapted from the children's book written by Allegra Kent, a former principal dancer with New York City Ballet.

    The performance is Sunday at 1 p.m. at The Garde, 325 State St. For more information, visit easternctballet.org.

    Cameron Brown, left, leaps out of the wing onto the stage Thursday, May 19, 2022, as dancers with the Eastern Connecticut Ballet rehearse for their upcoming performance of “Ballerina Swan” at The Garde Arts Center in New London. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Instructor Laura Barnard, left, works with level 1 and 2 jazz dancers as the school of the Eastern Connecticut Ballet rehearses Thursday, May 19, 2022, for its upcoming performance of “Ballerina Swan” at The Garde Arts Center in New London. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Dancers with the Eastern Connecticut Ballet, front to back, Karyna Fowler, Sophie Archer and Cameron Brown, rehearse the piece Interplay on Thursday, May 19, 2022, for their upcoming performance of “Ballerina Swan” at The Garde Arts Center in New London. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Sophie Archer takes a breather in the wing Thursday, May 19, 2022, as dancers with the Eastern Connecticut Ballet rehearse the piece Interplay as part of their upcoming performance of “Ballerina Swan” at The Garde Arts Center in New London. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Emma Barnard, right, and fellow dancers with the Eastern Connecticut Ballet rehearse Thursday, May 19, 2022, for their upcoming performance of “Ballerina Swan” at The Garde Arts Center in New London. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Dancers with the Eastern Connecticut Ballet pirouette onto the stage from the wing Thursday, May 19, 2022, during rehearsal for their upcoming performance of “Ballerina Swan” at The Garde Arts Center in New London. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Artistic Director Gloria Govrin, left, and ballet instructor Jeremy Cox go over notes with dancers with the Eastern Connecticut Ballet during rehearsal Thursday, May 19, 2022, for their upcoming performance of “Ballerina Swan” at The Garde Arts Center in New London. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Cameron Brown, left, as the swan queen and Vanessa Linden as Sophie the Swan, dancers with the Eastern Connecticut Ballet, rehearse Thursday, May 19, 2022, for their upcoming performance of “Ballerina Swan” at The Garde Arts Center in New London. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Artistic Director Gloria Govrin goes over notes with dancers with the Eastern Connecticut Ballet during rehearsal Thursday, May 19, 2022, for their upcoming performance of “Ballerina Swan” at The Garde Arts Center in New London. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Vanessa Linden, left, dancing the role of Sophie the Swan, joins the fictional ballet class as dancers with the Eastern Connecticut Ballet rehearse Thursday, May 19, 2022, for their upcoming performance of “Ballerina Swan” at The Garde Arts Center in New London. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

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