“Embark on a magical journey as a Toy Store comes to life”
The Fairy Doll, was premiered at the Vienna Court Opera on the 4th October 1888. Composed by the Austrian Josef Bayer the score has a regimental music flavour and was the greatest ballet success for the Vienna Court Opera ever; still being performed to this day. The story is about a toy store that has a collection of beautiful lifelike dolls. Favorite of them all is the Fairy Doll. At night when everyone goes to sleep the Fairy Doll awakes and uses her magic to bring the entire toy store to life. Artistic Director Tatiana Stepanova keeps the tradition of the Fairy Doll with stunning costumes, beautiful sets, and captivating choreography. This whimsical tale is for all to enjoy.
Bluma Appel Theatre:
Stepanova Ballet Academy is excited for its first performance at the historic Bluma Appel Theatre. Built in 1970 as the Theatre, it was renamed after renovations in the early eighties in recognition of the generous financial contributions of arts activist Bluma Appel.
About the ballet:
Artistic Director Tatiana Stepanova
The Fairy Doll, or Die Puppenfee, was premiered at the Vienna Court Opera on the 4th October 1888, a ballet which owes its inspiration to E.T.A Hoffman’s 1815 story the Sandman in which a mechanical doll comes to life.
The story also inspired Offenbach to compose the Tales of Hoffman and Delibes to write the score for Coppélia. The Fairy Doll was in turn an inspiration for La Boutique Fantasque.
Composed by the Austrian Josef Bayer the score has a regimental music flavour and was to prove the greatest ballet success for the Vienna Court Opera ever; still being performed to this day.
Mme. Tatiana Stepanova completed her training at the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. Upon completion of her training, she returned to her native home in Odessa, where she was invited to perform as Principal Dancer for the Odessa State Ballet Company.
It was here that Mme. Stepanova was given the opportunity to dance the Principal Roles in an extensive classical, contemporary, and modern repertoire.
For her excellence in the performing arts, Mme Stepanova was awarded the honorary title of People’s Artist of Ukraine. This decoration was awarded to outstanding art performers of the Ukrainian SSR and later Ukraine, whose merits were exceptional in the sphere of development of the performing arts.
Through the vision of Stepanova Ballet Academy’s Artistic Director TATIANA STEPANOVA, we aim to develop technique, discipline, confidence and a sustained love of dance in every student. Based in Thornhill, Ontario, Stepanova Ballet Academy has a diverse group of students from the Greater Toronto Area ( Markham, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, North York, Mississauga, Oshawa). Stepanova Ballet Academy is based on the principles set out by the Vaganova Method. This precise technique and system of instruction promotes the development of lower back strength, arm plasticity, and all the extra strength, flexibility and endurance needed for ballet.
The breadth and depth of the education we provide, coupled with the expertise and support of our faculty and connections to world class ballet companies, make it possible for us to offer unparalleled ballet training and dance educations programs at the highest quality for a wide range of students.
Our students have succeeded at international dance competitions such as Youth American Grand Prix , and have received scholarships to prestigious ballet academies including Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow and Princess Grace Academy in Monaco. Success of our students isn’t solely based on their dance aspirations, learn more about our graduates here.