THE classic tale of a princess being awoken from her sleep to discover her true love will come to life at the Ipswich Civic Centre next month.
The Imperial Russian Ballet Company will perform the classic fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty, during a regional tour of Australian centres.
The cast of 45 dancers, led by dance principal and artistic director Gediminas Taranda, have trained for eight hours a day in the lead-up to the tour.
Mr Taranda learnt his demanding craft during the austere years of the Soviet Union regime.
Now more than 120 years old, the Sleeping Beauty tale transcended generations, he said.
"This story is very nice. It is very entertaining for parents and children," he said.
And he is looking forward to embracing the Ipswich crowd and their appreciation for classical ballet.
"In the smaller cities they are much better audiences. When you are in the smaller cities and they open the curtain the audience says, 'thank you very much, this is very nice'.
"I think Australian audiences like classical ballet."
The Imperial Russian Ballet will perform Sleeping Beauty at the Ipswich Civic Centre on October 26.
To book tickets call 3810 6100.