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 Mass Ballet presents 12 Dancing Princesses an original story ballet danced by local students, June 10 at 11:30 and 3:30 at Framingham State University.

“Once upon a time, 12 princesses lived with their mother the Queen, their Governess, and servants in a gray castle with gray walls. They ate gray food and did their lessons in gray notebooks.” This is the setting for Mass Ballet’s original story ballet, 12 Dancing Princesses.

12 girls age 10-18 pose against a gray backdrop, wearing white dresses, ballet shoes, and gray robes. 5 dancers pose. They are portraying the Earth, Sun, Rain, Air and a nature witch.

This twist on the classic fairy tale begins when the princesses discover a colorful library hidden in their castle. They meet fairy tale characters and see illustrations of colorful flowers. They start to wonder why their world is so gray, and embark on a journey to uncover  a family secret and return life to their kingdom.

The princesses meet a sorceress who teaches them about Mother Earth and the Spirits of Air, Sun, and Rain help plants grow. The sorceress sends the princesses to collect  ladybugs, bees, moths, butterflies and hummingbirds and bring them back to their kingdom. 

All roles are played by Mass Ballet students, dancing original choreography to classical and modern instrumental music in a variety of styles. “Our story  ballets are created  to entertain our audience, challenge our dancers, and highlight the growth of our students,” said director Meghan Powers.

a young dancer playing a princess, dressed in white, reacts to a dancer playing a bat who poses with wings outstretcheda child dressed a a lady bug jumping. a child dressed as a bumble bee jumping

Audiences age 3 and up will enjoy this 90 minute performance. 

12 Dancing Princesses
June 10, 2023
11:30 AM and 3:30 PM
Dwight Hall
Framingham State University
$18-25 Tickets at

Located in Saxonville Mills, Mass Ballet offers excellent ballet and dance training with an emphasis on the joys of dance and developing the dancer as a whole person. Registration for summer classes and the 2023-24 school year is ongoing.

Photos by Nancy D’Amato, courtesy of Mass Ballet.