Well before it was a Disney cartoon, the story of a beautiful princess cursed by an evil witch to sleep for a hundred years, then awakened by the kiss of a handsome prince, was told through dance: The Sleeping Beauty was first performed as a ballet in 1890. And dancers have been charming audiences ever since.
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The performance officially opens at 7:30 p.m. tonight, October 5 and runs through October 21, in the Ellie Caulkins Opera House; tickets are $28 to $154. For more information, visit www.coloradoballet.org or call 303-837-8888.