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IBC dancers gear up for ‘Fairy Doll’ • Current Edition

For Indiana Ballet Conservatory founding artistic director Alyona Yakovleva-Randall, it’s always a good challenge to bring a new show to her students.

This will be the Indiana Ballet Conservatory’s first time performing “Fairy Doll,” which was first performed in 1888. IBC will present performances at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on May 28 at Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts in Caramel.


“The original story was (about) a boy assistant who locked himself in the store, fell asleep, and had a dream where dolls come to life,” Yakovleva-Randall said.

The script was later changed, but Yakovleva-Randall said she reverted to the original.

Fishers resident Abigail Kimball plays the Fairy Doll.

“It’s a lot of acting, which is really exciting,” Kimball said. “There are lots of fun props we can use and some cute costumes.”

Kimball said the choreography was difficult.

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“Keeping up your stamina for this is tough,” she said. “The pas de deux (dance duo) lasts eight minutes, so keeping your strength and energy throughout the process is the biggest challenge.”

Kimball, a senior who takes online classes, has been training with IBC for 14 years. She will be leaving to train with Sarasota Ballet in the fall.

Shannon McNiven, who lives in West Lafayette, is a sophomore who plays the Kissing Doll.

“It’s fun to be the character,” McNiven said. “I appreciate our whipping sequence (turning on a raised leg) that we manage to do. It’s very fast. This is my most difficult step.


Yakovleva-Randall said it was one of the most difficult elements of ballet technique.

“Not all ballerinas can do it well,” Yakovleva-Randall said.

Indianapolis resident Aurora Ausserer plays the Baby Doll. Ausserer, a junior who takes classes online, moved from Seattle with her family about a year and a half ago to train at IBC.

“The choreography gets harder,” Ausserer said. “But it’s good to play something that’s not sweet and pretty, but to play a character.”


Luke Derksen moved from Atlanta to Carmel in 2018 to attend IBC. He plays the postman.

“I can use a hat as a prop,” said Derksen, who tips his hat to greet everyone. “I have to do a bunch of big pirouettes. It is difficult to make them consistent.

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