Cinderella - A Royal Farewell to a Veteran Ballet Austin Dancer
By Pei-San Brown, Community Education Director
Allisyn Paino is thrilled to be cast as Cinderella in her final performance with Ballet Austin! It’ll be the fourth time in her career that she dances in Stephen Mills’ version of the ballet, but it’ll be her first time in the title role!
Cinderella, being a rags-to-riches type of story, seems to parallel Allisyn’s career in dance. She told me when we talked last week that from the beginning of her dance career, she heard repeatedly from some people in the dance world that she’d “never be a successful dancer.” Knowing her now, and having watched her incredible performances and portrayals of a multitude of diverse characters onstage, this absolutely shocks me. So it seems to be a sort of poetic justice that this dancer who was told from an early age that she’d “never make it in the dance world” retires dancing the role of a princess – the sort of vision (wearing the tiara, costume, and pointe shoes) that brings most young girls to ballet in the first place!
Allisyn also said that she is especially grateful to Stephen Mills for fostering her career. Indeed, Mr. Mills has created numerous roles on Allisyn in her 12 years with Ballet Austin, including Painter in Cult of Color: Call to Color, Kate in The Taming of the Shrew, the Survivor in Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project, and the first lead role she ever received from him (which is also the first role he ever choreographed on her) in Rite of Spring.
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