Enjoy one of the most famous ballets of all time as a family, in this beautifully adapted version for children aged three upwards.

The magician Rothbart has turned the princess Odette into a swan; only at night can she return to human form. Will Prince Siegfried be able to save her or will he fall for Rothbart’s sorcery? Featuring choreography by Antonio Castilla, Ballet Master and Repetiteur at English National Ballet, this new version follows the familiar story from a different point of view.

With a narrator to help the young audience follow the story, and a shortened version of Tchaikovsky’s wonderful music, this is the perfect introduction to the magic of ballet.

This performance of My First Ballet: Swan Lake was filmed at The Peacock, London, on 29 March 2018, for archive purposes. My First Ballet: Swan Lake is a production by English National Ballet and English National Ballet School, performed by students of English National Ballet School.

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Download and print resources, including flash cards and quizzes here.

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“I urge all those young and young at heart not to miss this version of Swan Lake”
Seen and Heard International

“A picture book come to life”
British Theatre Guide

“My First Ballet is out to capture a brand-new audience and does so beautifully. As an introduction to the art form for the tiniest of dancers, this gorgeous production is perfectly pitched.”
Pigeon Pair and Me

“The My First Ballet series places the emphasis firmly on fun and accessibility and this utterly charming and delightful production is no exception.”
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Antonio Castilla, after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov

Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky

Music Arrangement
Gavin Sutherland

Original Set and Costume Design
Peter Farmer

Lou Cope


Narrator Louise Calf

Dancers in leading roles (performed whilst second-year students at English National Ballet School)

Odette  Chloe Keneally
Odile  Beatriz Kuperus
Prince Siegfried  Harvey Littlefield
Rothbart  Luigi Cifone
Queen  Vania de Rosas