The Golden Swans class is for residents at The Fountains at Canterbury retirement home, but OKC Ballet hopes to expand the program.
The ballet is known for its highly technical choreography — especially in the role for Princess Aurora.
The production runs through Dec. 20 at Civic Center Music Hall.
Volunteers began hanging ornaments in October for the show.
Students are provided with ballet shoes at Positive Tomorrows, Oklahoma’s only elementary school specifically serving children from homeless families.
“I have purposely created something starkly contemporary to offset these two iconic works,” he said. “The program will be very eclectic in nature.”
“With this season,” Mills said, “I ask that audiences allow us to show them what ballet could be so that we can continue to be a vehicle for creation.”
OKC’s 2016 Ballet Ball will be followed by the less formal Ballet Ball After Dark 9:30 p.m. April 9.
Yvonne Chouteau is best remembered as one of the Five Moons, Native American prima ballerinas from Oklahoma.
Oklahoma City Ballet dancers display the range of their skills in Scheherazade – 1001 Arabian Nights: A Triple Bill.