December may be forever dedicated to holiday shows, but February has its own holiday juggernaut. Valentine’s Day demands art, and dance, about romance. PNB's Cinderella fills that bill nicely, with just enough angst from the motherless daughter before the prince and the happy ending arrive. Choreographer Kent Stowell spent more time with the Charles Perrault tale than the Disney movie—no singing mice here. (Prokofiev supplies the score.) Modeling his work on the great 19th-century ballets, collaborating with scenic designer Tony Straiges and costumer Martin Pakledinaz, Stowell created an expansive version of the story (first performed in 1994). The lavish ballroom scene features gowns as scarlet as the best box of chocolates, which you may crave after the show. SANDRA KURTZ

Thu., Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 4-13, 2011

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