A tea party for the storybooks
Lily Duckett, 5, reaches for a tea cup during the Tea and Toe Shoes Tea Party at the Tournament Players Club in Valencia on Saturday. Samie Gebers/The Signal
By Samie Gebers
Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Ballerinas, a white rabbit and a mad hatter danced around the venue and served tea to the community during Santa Clarita Ballet Company’s Tea and Toe Shoes party.

“It’s such a unique event,” said Corinne Glover, director of the ballet company. “It’s a formal tea and it’s a great afternoon.”

The non-profit ballet school put on the annual event at the Tournament Players Club in Valencia to raise money for their upcoming performance of Alice in Wonderland.

Performers from the cast showcased a few numbers from the show and interacted with children aspiring to be ballerinas when they grew older.

Performer Rachel Valenzuela passes out scones to Francesca Dunne, 11, and Alex Dunne, 8, during the Tea and Toe Shoes Tea Party at the Tournament Players Club in Valencia on Saturday. Samie Gebers/The Signal

“The young kids see us as role models,” Eliga De Fazio said, a performer portraying Alice in the school’s upcoming production.

De Fazio, who started with the company when she was little, knows first hand how the younger ballerinas view the older performers.

“When I was little, I looked up to all of the older girls,” she said. “It’s a different perspective. It is like we’re shifting places.”

Tawny Clement, a teacher with the company, performed at the tea party years ago when she was 17.

Tawny Clement helps her daughter Eva Clement, 5, pour milk into her tea during the Tea and Toe Shoes Tea Party at the Tournament Players Club in Valencia on Saturday. Samie Gebers/The Signal

Clement was back on Saturday to bring her 5-year-old daughter to watch the ballerinas and sip tea for the first time.

“It’s been a very special journey,” she said as she helped her daughter add sugar to her tea.

“It’s inspiring for them to get to see the older girls and to see what they can develop into after years of hard work and practice.”

The Santa Clarita Ballet Company will be performing Alice in Wonderland at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center on June 10.

From right to left, Mackenzie Rockport, 6, and Kaylee Ireland, 6, sip tea from cups during the Tea and Toe Shoes Tea Party at the Tournament Players Club in Valencia on Saturday. Samie Gebers/The Signal

About the author

Samie Gebers

Samie Gebers

Samie Gebers is currently studying broadcast journalism at College of the Canyons. She reports on the weekends as well as produces video content during the week.

Lily Duckett, 5, reaches for a tea cup during the Tea and Toe Shoes Tea Party at the Tournament Players Club in Valencia on Saturday. Samie Gebers/The Signal

A tea party for the storybooks

Ballerinas, a white rabbit and a mad hatter danced around the venue and served tea to the community during Santa Clarita Ballet Company’s Tea and Toe Shoes party.

“It’s such a unique event,” said Corinne Glover, director of the ballet company. “It’s a formal tea and it’s a great afternoon.”

The non-profit ballet school put on the annual event at the Tournament Players Club in Valencia to raise money for their upcoming performance of Alice in Wonderland.

Performers from the cast showcased a few numbers from the show and interacted with children aspiring to be ballerinas when they grew older.

Performer Rachel Valenzuela passes out scones to Francesca Dunne, 11, and Alex Dunne, 8, during the Tea and Toe Shoes Tea Party at the Tournament Players Club in Valencia on Saturday. Samie Gebers/The Signal

“The young kids see us as role models,” Eliga De Fazio said, a performer portraying Alice in the school’s upcoming production.

De Fazio, who started with the company when she was little, knows first hand how the younger ballerinas view the older performers.

“When I was little, I looked up to all of the older girls,” she said. “It’s a different perspective. It is like we’re shifting places.”

Tawny Clement, a teacher with the company, performed at the tea party years ago when she was 17.

Tawny Clement helps her daughter Eva Clement, 5, pour milk into her tea during the Tea and Toe Shoes Tea Party at the Tournament Players Club in Valencia on Saturday. Samie Gebers/The Signal

Clement was back on Saturday to bring her 5-year-old daughter to watch the ballerinas and sip tea for the first time.

“It’s been a very special journey,” she said as she helped her daughter add sugar to her tea.

“It’s inspiring for them to get to see the older girls and to see what they can develop into after years of hard work and practice.”

The Santa Clarita Ballet Company will be performing Alice in Wonderland at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center on June 10.

From right to left, Mackenzie Rockport, 6, and Kaylee Ireland, 6, sip tea from cups during the Tea and Toe Shoes Tea Party at the Tournament Players Club in Valencia on Saturday. Samie Gebers/The Signal

About the author

Samie Gebers

Samie Gebers

Samie Gebers is currently studying broadcast journalism at College of the Canyons. She reports on the weekends as well as produces video content during the week.