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Mindful Moment With Mike: Tulsa Ballet Streaming 'Peter and the Wolf'

Posted at 11:27 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 09:00:53-04

TULSA, Okla. — If your kids are going a little stir crazy and need something fun to do, the Tulsa Ballet is here to help.

Mike Brooks talked to a member of the ballet about performances being streamed online for a younger audience.

Michael Paradiso moved to Tulsa from New Jersey to perform with the Ballet. Paradiso says the resident choreographer, Ma Cong, has tweaked "Peter and the Wolf" just a bit and the kids will love it.

"It's going to be the classic tale of 'Peter and the Wolf', but with a few more twists," Paradiso said. "Ma actually decided to add in elements of other fairy tales as well. So, you get a little bit of 'Little Red Riding Hood', you get a little bit of 'The Three Little Pigs' with a big, bad wolf. So, it's really fun. You get all these fairy tales mixed into one nice ballet."

When asked if dancing is different when performing for kids rather than adults, Paradiso said, "For me, it depends on the reaction of the audiences no matter the age group. But specifically for the kids, the younger age group, they do get more excited and more animated during the performance which is really refreshing."

"To hear them screaming and reacting right in front of you is really exciting actually," he said.

The performances of "Peter and the Wolf" start May 7 and run through May 13 on the Tulsa Ballet YouTube page.

The Tulsa Ballet is also offering free virtual ballet classes on Zoom for kids three through adults. You can find the schedule on the Tulsa Ballet's web site.

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