By Chris Clark | chrisclark@mlive.com
on October 26, 2012 at 9:44 AM, updated October 26, 2012 at 11:29 AM
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GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A beautiful young princess, virtuous fairies (and a real bad one) with dashing danseurs tell a story of good triumphing over evil.

Grand Rapids Ballet Company’s first-ever “Sleeping Beauty” returns for four performances this weekend, Oct. 26-28, 2012, in the Peter Martin Wege Theatre.

The ballet, first staged in 1890 Russia, tells the story of Princess Aruora, cursed to fall into a deep sleep, only to be awoken 100 years later. Because of the number of shows, Aurora’s role is shared by Grand Rapids Ballet Company dancers Yuka Oba and Connie Flachs.

“Aurora was my dream role since I watched Royal Ballet’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ when I was in the English National Ballet School in London,” said Oba. “I always had Aurora in my head during my training. I thought it may never happen, but I kept dreaming of dancing Aurora.”

“Aurora has been a challenging role for me, but performing it is so gratifying,” said Flachs. ” When I can embody her gracious and demure character the steps flow and leave me free to tell her story.”

“Rehearsals and performances have been so great and I feel like I’m living in a dream,” added Oba.