May 17, 2017 – Holt Ballet Conservatory’s ambitious Spring offering is entitled Masterpieces–an evening of scenes from Sergei Prokofiev’s Cinderella, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, and Variations from famous ballets of the romantic, classical, neoclassical and contemporary periods.

Swan Lake will showcase excerpts from Act I and all of Act II–the famous swan scenes portraying the love affair between Odette and Siegfried, beautifully danced by Amy Schultze and Christopher Selbie.

Act I of Cinderella will be performed, featuring Brenna O’Brien MacDonell in the title role, with stepsisters Miriam Allen and Krista Yazzolino. Logan Hollmer makes a guest appearance as a vision of the prince from the Act II pas de deux. Leah Skoyles performs as the Fairy Godmother. These dynamic dancers create entertaining, compelling and inspiring characterizations.

Variations features dazzling individual dances from a variety of ballets, giving the audience a taste of ballet over the centuries.

More than 40 Holt Ballet students perform corps, leading roles, and fill out the cast in Swan Lake, Cinderella and Variations.

Holt Ballet Conservatory is somewhat of an anomaly in Nevada County. Concentrating exclusively on ballet, the conservatory has earned a well-deserved reputation for finely crafted ballet performances performed by local students and artists.

Seven years along in the running of her conservatory, Yelena Holt is immersed in choreographing and running rehearsals for 48 performers, who range in experience and training from less than one year, to professional status. Personally teaching technique classes three days a week of the five days a week offered, plus editing musical tracks, selecting costumes, and masterminding sets and props keep this energetic force of nature fully engaged in the realm of ballet.

The evening promises to provide compelling entertainment, featuring exquisite custom-made costumes, the sets of award-winning artist Pamela Hodges and the spacious performing space of the Don Baggett Theater.

Show dates are Friday June 16 & Saturday June 17 at 7:00 PM.

All seats are reserved and range in price from $16 to $20.

Under the expert guidance of Yelena Holt, the evening will captivate the hearts and imaginations of its audiences, and no doubt will ignite some future ballerina’s dream one day to join the rarefied ranks of ballet performers.

What: Holt Ballet Conservatory presents Masterpieces–Cinderella, Swan Lake, and Variations

When: 7 pm Friday June 16 and 7 pm Saturday June 17, 2017
Box office opens at 5:30 for walk-up sales before each performance.

Where: Don Baggett Theatre, 11761 Ridge Road, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Tickets: Online from, $16-20. Reserved seating.

Info:; 530.278.5131