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Here are a few helpful tips from Alyona Yakovleva-Randall, founding artistic director of the Indiana Ballet Conservatory, to make your experience more enjoyable.

-- Make going to the ballet (or any production) a fun experience with friends and/or family.

click to enlarge Alyona Yakovleva-Randall is founding artistic director of the Indiana Ballet Conservatory.  - POLINA OSHEROV
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  • Alyona Yakovleva-Randall is founding artistic director of the Indiana Ballet Conservatory.

-- Definitely go with an open mind. You don't want to research the production and take it too seriously. The more you aren't guided by what to think and how to feel, the more you can allow the experience to impact you in a personal way. Art isn't meant to dictate your emotions, but simply to allow you to feel something.

-- Read about the dancers in order to feel a personal connection with them while they are on the stage. By doing so you heighten your awareness and create a deeper connection with the whole experience.

-- Bring a few extra dollars. Often there are snack areas where you can enjoy a drink or refreshment during intermission.

-- You shouldn't need opera glasses for the local theater venues, but certainly wear your glasses if you have trouble seeing distance. It's a treat to view the dancers' movements and expressions from your seat.

-- Bring your business cards. You never know who you will meet at the ballet.

"We have everyone from local sports celebrities, big business owners, to your child's dentist at our productions," says Yakovleva-Randall. "It's actually a great place to network and have a commonality with potential new friends."

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