P2P Dance Center will present its 2011 Celebration of Dance Saturday, June 11 at 4 p.m. at the Camden Opera House, Elm Street/Route 1. Two timeless stories — the tales of Esmeralda and Carmen — will come to life via music and dancing by students and professionals of P2PDance Center to thrill the audience.

Esmeralda was recently portrayed as a character in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” a  Disney hit. The young girl who makes a living as an entertainer and talented dancer will be celebrated by 16 lively students and a tambourine variation duet by a professional and advanced ballet student.

P2P’s dances from “Carmen” will bring a young gypsy and her friends to life and onto the lighted stage. Accompanied by the famous opera score, including the well-known Tango, these proud and hearty gypsies are seen enjoying their daily festivities as well as squabbling over their sparse rations of food.

To add to the enjoyment of the afternoon, P2P dancers perform hip hop, tap, the Grand Tarantella, a piece titled “Alice in Mushroomland” discovering an odd collection of comical friends and an amazing magic show, complete with a magician, his two assistants, magic bunnies, dancing scarves and flying doves.

Tickets are $14, $10 for children and senior citizens. General admission tickets are on sale at HAV II, Camden; Reading Corner, Rockland; and Mr. Paperback, Belfast. For reserved tickets, call Michele Cox at 236-2395.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.