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Fairy-Tale Ballet Honors Young Dancer’s Life: ‘Beauty Will Save the World’

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Isabella LaFreniere is a principal dancer of the New York City Ballet (NYCB), the premiere ballet company founded by George Balanchine in 1948. At NYCB, she has danced in more than 20 featured roles, including ‘Firebird,’ ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and ‘Swan Lake.’ While training in South Bend, Indiana, she met and danced with Raffaella Stroik.

Loosely based on the life of the late dancer, the traditional ballet incorporates elements of beauty and art — exactly what Rafaella Stroik loved about ballet.