The Ballet Conservatory of South Texas Presents Academy Showcase: “Beauty and the Beast”
May, 2011The Ballet Conservatory of South Texas (BCSTX) presented its 2011 Academy performance of “Beauty and the Beast” this past weekend at The University of the Incarnate Word Fine Arts Auditorium. BCSTX Company members, Academy members and two guest artists: Hussan Hopuy from Ballet San Antonio and Shay Bares from New York became the highlights to this season’s closing performance.
Under the professional direction of BCSTX Director, Kym Lanier and additional choreography from BCSTX instructors, Hillary Miller, Andrea Mitra and Janice Wolf, the Academy performed the full-length ballet in two acts. The evening also featured an except from BCSTX Company’s spring performance of “Come Together!” at the start of the show.
“Since ‘Come Together!’ was such a success, we wanted to open our Academy performance with an excerpt from that program. The entire showcase however illustrated our students’ progress throughout the season,” says Ms. Lanier. “We are fortunate to have dancers that exemplify discipline and professionalism in their work on and off the stage. In addition, the fact that the showcase featured a full-length ballet gives some of our younger students an opportunity to see what it is like to be involved in a production of this magnitude. I feel it is really a positive experience for everyone.”
BCSTX will continue through the summer to have intensive dance programs including their popular, “Budding Ballerina” program that is tailored for young dancers, ages 3-7. Next season will begin this August and information regarding classes can be found on our Web site, balletsouthtexas.org.
The mission of The Ballet Conservatory of South Texas is to fulfill the developmental needs of serious young dancers, regardless of economic background, in a safe, nurturing and pre-professional dance company environment. The BCSTX does so by raising money for scholarships, providing high quality studio education and meaningful public performance opportunities, and by giving qualified guidance toward further higher education in dance and careers in dance performance and education. The BCSTX is also dedicated to educating and inspiring under-served children in San Antonio through providing free tickets to the company’s performances, and free dance lecture demonstrations in schools, social service centers and other community locations. For more information about The Ballet Conservatory of South Texas, please contact 210.820.3400 or visit www.balletsouthtexas.org.