Learn More about the Show!
Here at Ballet San Angelo (BSA,) we have recently announced the hiring of our new permanent Artistic Director, Sandra Miller! Sandra has a long and successful history in the ballet and Pilates world and we are delighted she has agreed to make San Angelo her new home. It has been an exciting period of change at Ballet San Angelo recently. We have changed our name from San Angelo Civic Ballet to Ballet San Angelo, have moved into our new facility, the Stephens Performing Arts Center, have welcomed incredible new staff members, and have begun to refresh and expand our programming to reach more members of our community. Because of these innovations we have dedicated our May production to introduce you to BSA. Director’s Choice Intros, May 12th and 13th, will feature pieces of choreography from our new Artistic Director, Sandra Miller, Ballet Mistress, Ariana Myers, and Assistant Artistic Director and Ballet San Angelo Alum, Erin Lane. Each of these creators brings something unique to BSA with their individual movement styles and talents and we want to introduce them to you through their choreography. Also featured in Director’s Choice will be a piece by Las Vegas Contemporary Ballet Theater’s Founder and Artistic Director, Bernard Gaddis, who came to San Angelo in January. BSA has a long history of inviting new and exciting guest artists and teachers to San Angelo so that our students and patrons can benefit from a continuing stream of outside creativity. We want to introduce this tradition to you through Gaddis’s piece in Director’s Choice.
Interspersed among these four main choreographers will be juried student work. Twelve of our upper level students have been creating their own original works this semester and are setting their own choreography on follow students. Each student has worked with a mentor on staff to receive guidance on music and movement style choices but have been solely responsible for creating the movement and running their rehearsals. The students will have to present their works to a panel of judges on April 22nd for a chance to have their piece featured in the show. They will have to explain their inspiration and music choice as well as what they would want in production, lighting, and costuming. After each piece is presented, the panel will choose six of the pieces to be featured in Director’s Choice. The other six pieces will be featured in our end of semester Student Showcase on May 18th.
This process not only encourages the students to grow in both in their creativity and their art form but also encourages personal growth in leadership, organization, and presentation skills. Students have to learn how to negotiate when teaching choreography to their peers and are experiencing how hard it can be to convey the movement they envision to their classmates. We are excited about the art that will come out of this process and to be able to share it with all of you!
Beyond the performance, we are partnering with students from the Angelo State University’s Art Department to introduce their works to those who come see the show. Professors have selected students who will have their work featured around the beautiful lobby and mezzanine. After the show, there will be a small reception where you can meet the choreographers, the student artists, and the dancers and get to know them a little!