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Tiny Tots Ballet experience returns to the Kirkland Art Center

Monday April 8 and Tuesday April 9, 2024

Kirkland Art Center

9 ½ East Park Row

Clinton NY 13323

Clinton, NY. – The Kirkland Art Center and Mohawk Valley Performing Arts students invite the public to their Tiny Tots Ballet Program at Kirkland Art Center on April 8 and 9. Young ballet students from Mohawk Valley Performing Arts (MVPA) will bring their skills to the KAC stage for a production of Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, a narrated, interactive ballet performance aimed at local kindergarten and pre-K students.

Tiny Tots is a community tradition and collaboration between Mohawk Valley Performing Arts and the Kirkland Art Center dating back decades. As a child in 1992, MVPA artistic director Missy Larish performed in the annual Tiny Tots ballet youth production at the KAC. As a high school student a few years later, she and her friend had the unique experience of directing the entire show themselves. Now the Mohawk Valley Ballet artistic director and owner of Ballet Arts of CNY, Missy brings back this charming, long-standing KAC tradition after a covid-related hiatus. This year’s Tiny Tots ballet has been generously underwritten in part by Stewart’s Shops.

The Tiny Tots show provides a venue for young children to experience ballet, many of them for the very first time. The interactive show allows the children to see the dancers up close and hear the story as it is danced out before their eyes. They will also get to meet the dancers after the show. For the dancers, this show provides a rare opportunity. The oldest students gain experience in leading a production. Tiny Tots gives younger dancers a chance to dance larger roles than they likely have had the opportunity to do in other MVPA productions.

Performances will be held Monday, April 8 and Tuesday, April 9. The performances will be at the following times: 10:30 a.m. on Monday; and 9:30 a.m.,10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Each performance lasts approximately 30 minutes. While the shows are virtually sold out, there may be space for parents to bring their children individually to the performances, but they should also call to confirm that space is available.