5 things you need to know about Elves & the Shoemaker

Published on Wednesday 22 April, 2015

1. Our ballet is inspired by the 1806 Brothers Grimm story. The tale has been adapted many times, including a version by The Muppets featuring Kermit The Frog as the shoemaker, who’s saved by a group of entertainers (The Elvises) who, naturally, make only blue suede shoes.

2. Before every performance the dancers have to warm up with special stretches. The shoemaker’s wife (Olivia Holland) shows us how she gets ready to dance in this video…

3. From spaghetti bolognaise to four bowls of cereal – find out what food our dancers like to eat before a show to give them the energy to perform… 

4. From Stirling to London, Elves & the Shoemaker will cover over 3,600 miles on its travels around the UK visiting 32 venues.

5. Choreographer and Ballet Master Daniel de Andrade originally came up with the idea of a ballet for children, inspired by Elves & the Shoemaker, after a conversation with his wife and kids who love the story. Daniel hadn’t originally heard of this fairytale but when he started to research it, he found it to be a very simple story that was perfect for dance.