Swan Lake - 2024

This year, Second Chance Ballet undertook one of the challenging classical productions of Swan Lake. Which ending will we choose? Swan Lake offers various conclusions: a tragic one where Odette is condemned to remain a swan, or a happy ending where love conquers evil and Rothbart’s magic is destroyed.

Play Video about Second Chance Ballet presents Swan Lake at the Stranmillis Theatre on 18th May 2024

Audience Reviews

  • Stephen and Imelda- we were both blown away by this performance, beautiful performance
  • As a member of the audience. I thoroughly enjoyed the performances. The costumes and music added to the theatrical ambience. Very professionally delivered. I was enchanted by the dancers. This was my first ballet and prior to it was a bit concerned that I would not be able to follow it but I was mesmerised from the beginning and didn’t notice the time going in. The explanation of gestures used in the leaflet really helped.
  • It was absolutely brilliant. The standard was incredible and it was beautifully presented. (Dance teacher)
  • Fabulous performance last night. Amazing – Ballet teacher commented on Facebook

The Sleeping Beauty - 2023

After a few tumultuous years, Second Chance Ballet are pleased to welcome back audiences with the majestic ballet that is Sleeping Beauty.   We are pleased this year to be joined by two guest artists from Finland, Lyylia Koivuniemi and August Räätäri Nostrum. 


The Nutcracker - 2020

Second Chance Ballet’s performance of the Nutcracker showcases that ballet is not just for young dancers. Our Silver Swans class joined us and gave the audience a taste of the joy of dance at any age or stage in life.

Giselle - 2018

Giselle, one of the oldest ballets, was first choreographed in the Paris of La Boheme in 1841.  Here is our interpretation of Giselle as a bunch of enthusiastic amateurs, from various backgrounds, who have a passion for the art-form that brings us together as a community.


Swan Lake - July 2017

For many of our dancers, their first introduction to ballet has been the story of a woman in brilliant-white tutu, dancing with her Prince in a story of tenderness, heartbreak and self-sacrificing, all-encompassing love or redemption, depending on which version you watch.  In Imperial Russia, it ended with our lovers sacrificing themselves in the Lake of Tears to break the evil spell. Soviet Russia where the ballet was popularised would not have this doom-laden ending and therefore the Prince sometimes defeats the evil sorcerer for the two lovers to be reunited as fully human in a happy ending.  Swan Lake is revered as one of the most challenging ballets for professional dancers, let alone our talented amateurs.  

La Bayadère - July 2016

La Bayadère (The Temple Dancer or The Temple Maiden) is a 19th century Russian classic. It is a classical ballet in three acts, composed by Ludwig Minkus and choreographed by the famous choreographer, Marius Petipa. The ballet is set in a pastiche of exotic India and tells the tale of the beautiful temple dancer Nikiya, who has fallen in doomed love with the warrior Solor.