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How do ballerinas balance on their toes? Oh and one more, what do their feet look like? And while we’re at it, how do they spin and turn around for so long without getting dizzy?

Answers to these questions — and many others — will be front and center during The Beauty of Ballet at Queens Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 1 p.m. and again at 3 p.m.

In a program recommended for children ages four and older, advanced students from the School of American Ballet will perform scenes from “The Sleeping Beauty,” “The Nutcracker,” and “Swan Lake.” Then they will teach some basics and participate in a Q&A session.

Intended to be an educational introduction to the genre, the School of American Ballet offers this program around New York City. The leader, Katrina Killian, is a former dancer who is currently on the faculty as a teacher and program manager. Involved since the 1970s, she’s also the official “mistress” of the New York City Ballet’s Education Department.

Attendance is free. Queens Theatre is located at 14 United Nations Ave. S. in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The next Beauty of Ballet presentations will be at Hostos Community College’s Repertory Theater in the Bronx on March 4 and Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn on March 11.

Located within Lincoln Center, the School of American Ballet was co-founded in 1934 by legendary dancer George Balanchine, a Russian who wanted to bring his passion to the United States. Currently, more than 500 boys and girls, ranging in age from six to 16, attend classes during the school’s 10-month winter term.

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