Winking Kat Tales
Winking Kat Tales
Jan 19, 2021
The Dancing Princess
Play • 1 hr 4 min

THE DANCING PRINCESS
Red Series (ages 6 & up)
Copyright 2020 by  P. Haines-Ainsworth and Terence Alaric Levitt
published by Winking Kat Books

"The Dancing Princess"  is an original story based on a folktale from Eastern Europe.  It is about a princess named Yulia who loves to dance so much that she is always wearing out her shoes.   She is afraid her father will be upset, so she doesn't tell him why her shoes are wearing out.   Her father, King Valentine, decides to sponsor a challenge.  Any young man who can find out Princess Yulia's secret within three days will win her hand in marriage and half of the kingdom.  The contest is not going well.  No one can stay awake long enough to discover the princess' secret until a stranger named Anatoly Padin arrives into the kingdom.  He has a secret, too.  It is a secret cape given to him by an old conjurer in the woods.  It can make him invisible to the princess so he can follow her unseen - that is if he can stay awake long enough to see where she goes.

If this sounds familiar, this story was probably the basis for similar stories about twelve dancing princesses.  Versions of that story were recorded by the Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Andersen.    We hope you enjoy this musical adaptation from Winking Kat.

Book and Lyrics by P. Haines-Ainsworth.  Music by Terence Alaric Levitt.  Narrated by P. Haines-Ainsworth with vocals by Adrian Cerrato, Arwen Dewey, Max Lopuszynski, David Bailey, and Patricia Haines-Ainsworth.  Book and Lyrics by P. Haines-Ainsworth.  Music by Terence Alaric Levitt.  Recorded at Top of the Hill Studios in Duvall, WA.

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