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Emanuel Tavares and Saaya Pikula perform the starring roles of Aladdin and Jasmine in Virginia National Ballet’s Aladdin. 



“Aladdin is a family-friendly production about Aladdin and his adventures with Jasmine, Jafar, the Genie, the magic lamp and the magic carpet, as he navigates his way through castles and caves of wonder. 

The Virginia National Ballet will perform “Aladdin” at 2 p.m. at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. 

“Aladdin” is the most famous story from the well-known book, Arabian Nights. This story has been made into a Disney movie and is often performed as a musical or as a ballet. 

The Virginia National Ballet’s “Aladdin” is new, choreographed version. 

Audiences will see sets and costumes and special effects, performed to a musical score by Carl Davis. 

Ticket prices range from $20 - $40 and are available at the Hylton Box Office or online at 

The ballet’s principals Emanuel Tavares and Saaya Pikula are performing Aladdin and Jasmine.  Before “Aladdin,” they starred as the leading roles in the ballet’s “Snow White,” “La Boheme,” “Aida,” “Carmina Burana,” “Bolero,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and the annually performed “The Nutcracker. 

Pikula and Tavares are in their third season as principal dancers with the ballet. Other dancers performing feature roles are Masaya Kaneko of Japan as the Genie, Seulbi Lee of South Korea, Daniela Moya of Mexico, Olga Aru of Ukraine, Quinn Fieldstone of Canada, Karla Rodriguez of Cuba and American dancers Lydia Sanders, Regan Shaw and Amanda Michel.  

Also performing are students from the ballet’s junior company: Jade Condrell, Zoe Frantz, Camila Griggs, and Laura Rosendale and students from the school’s upper levels 3-5, ranging in age from 10-15. 

Rafik Hegab, artistic director and choreographer, previously choreographed one selection from the musical “Aladdin,” “A Whole New World,” which was performed at the Regional Emmy Award-winning production of “The Circle of Life: The Music of Tim Rice” at The Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda and was televised on PBS. Hegab cast Tavares to perform as Aladdin in that event. This time, he is choreographing the complete ballet to be performed at the Hylton. 

In the Spring, the ballet will present “Carmen,” based on Bizet’s famous opera and featuring some live singing and the premiere of “Life in the Fast Lane,” a rock ballet to The Eagles’ greatest hits at 3 p.m. April 28 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.   

For more information about Virginia National Ballet, 

Correction: The original version of this story listed the wrong performance times. The ballet will be performed at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16.


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