Community Event: Mountainside Dance Center presents "Sleeping Princess Ballet"

  • Theatre House

    664 Castleton View Road
    Castleton, Virginia 22716
Ticket Price $0.00-$10.00 This event is now over

While Snow White inspired the story that will unfold at Mountainside Dance Center’s “Sleeping Princess Ballet” on July 22, a desire to stage a true community event motivated producer Anne Williams’ approach. 

“This year we’ve tried to make it more community oriented,” explained Williams, owner of Mountainside Dance Center (as well as adjacent Mountainside Physical Therapy and Hazel River Arts & Antiques). “It’s not as exclusively people from the dance studio as it has traditionally been.”

So, Williams held open auditions and invited anyone interested to help with backstage tasks. In addition to Mountainside’s teenage students, many of the children performers are very new to ballet.

They will be joined by an experienced veteran of past Mountainside productions (and Williams’ niece), guest artist Aubrey Dorman. She has studied at CityDance in the D.C. area and will be majoring in dance this fall at Towson State University.

The ballet, Mountainside’s fourth community production including one held outdoors during Covid times, will take place at a premier Rappahannock location. “Dietlinde Maazel has been very, very gracious in offering the Castleton Theatre House as our venue,” Williams said. “We’re really excited. It’s a beautiful stage.”

Philip S. Rosemond, Mountainside’s artistic director, is choreographing the show. A professional dancer for more than 25 years with eight ballet and three modern dance companies, Rosemond has been teaching since 1978.  

A grant from RAAC’s Claudia Mitchell Fund is partially funding the ballet, as well as scholarships for younger students in need who want to attend Mountainside’s ongoing dance classes. 

“We’re anxious to get more students involved,” said Williams.


$10 for adults; children 12 and under free.



After careful consideration, we changed our policy in February, 2023 and no longer require proof of vaccine or masks. However, mask-wearing is always welcome and respectfully encouraged, especially for those who are not vaccinated. If you don't feel well on the day of the performance, don't hesitate to contact us to discuss a refund or voucher for future performances.

Venue Details

Theatre House

664 Castleton View Road
Castleton, Virginia 22716 Theatre House
Castleton Festival

Founded in 2009 by Maestro Lorin Maazel and Dietlinde Turban Maazel, the Castleton Festival introduced classical music, theatre, and opera to the rolling hills of Rappahannock County.

Castleton has been a life-changing experience for over 3,000 participants. Set in one of the most beautiful areas of Virginia, Castleton’s performances take place at the Theatre House: a former chicken coop for 15,000 hens converted to a “mini-Globe” European-style theatre with one of the finest acoustics in the world.  

There are four primary themes to Castleton’s present activities:

  • Castleton in Residency (CiR): one- to four-week Residencies for Artists of the highest caliber furthering their collaborative work and artistic growth. Artists are invited based on outstanding talent. In line with Maestro Maazel’s ethos, they are proactively encouraged to take risks and to challenge their artistic boundaries. The opportunity to fully immerse in the Maestro’s Legacy, his home, his music library, and his composing studio, together with performing in the Theatre House and experiencing the bucolic surroundings, imbues the artists with inspiration. Residencies to date have exceeded all expectations culminating in numerous recordings, some available via streaming on Castleton’s website.
  • Castleton in Mentorship (CiM): Artists in Residence are encouraged to make time available to teach Master Classes to high potential students from the local community. The Artists are also invited to bring their own students to participate in the unique experience. 
  • Castleton in Conversation (CiC): In collaboration with Daniel Lelchuk’s Talking Beats podcast, Castleton offers a new series which engages an extraordinary diversity of guests such as writers, musicians, scientists, entertainers, and thinkers in captivating and spirited dialogue. The common link between all is a passion for music.
  • Castleton in Performance (CiP), a year-round series, offers a multicultural experience. This thematically diverse series of recitals, chamber music, jazz, world music, theatre, chamber opera, and dance, brings internationally acclaimed artists into our own backyard. Eminent performers have included Mstislav Rostropovich, José Carreras, Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Ax, Sir James Galway, Wynton Marsalis, Pepe Romero, Alec Baldwin, and Claire Bloom. 

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