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Swans are appropriate creatures for ballerinas to portray. The birds have long delicate necks, peaceful faces and strong-but-graceful wingspans, and these physical attributes aren't unlike those of dancers. (All right, so dancers don't have wings — but they are typically long-limbed and seemingly lighter than air, both characteristics that help with their swan representations.) When the Russian National Ballet Theatre presents Swan Lake at 8 p.m. at the J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts at Lindenwood University (2300 West Clay Street), the bird-ballerina similarities will be easy to spot. The score, which was composed by Tchaikovsky, helps tell the story of an evil sorcerer who has transformed many maidens into swans, and one prince's affection for one of those swan-ladies. Only his true love can set her and the others free from the spell — and you know he's full of true love. But does this four-act ballet have a happy ending? Well, mostly. You'll just have to take in the beautiful dancing, the lovely costumes and the gorgeous music and see how it all turns out for yourself. Tickets to Swan Lake cost $25 to $55; call 800-447-7400 or visit to make a purchase.
Fri., Jan. 22, 2010

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