Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Conservatory students meet ballet superstars

Maria Kochetkova of San Francisco, performed
in the Don Quixote Grand Pas de Deux
Photo by Erik Thomasson
Patel Conservatory students enjoyed meeting their dance idols after Saturday evening’s performance of Ballet’s Greatest Hits! at the Straz Center.

The sold-out show featured excerpts from well-known classical ballets performed by principal dancers from some of the most prestigious dance companies in the world.

It's hard to describe the feats of these dancers - the unending pirouettes, the enormous leaps, the graceful lifts - each piece equally as breathtaking.

From the exciting, fast-paced Flames of Paris performed by Daniel Ulbricht and Ashley Bouder of the New York City Ballet, to the lyrical and beautiful Giselle and Swan Lake excerpts, to the exquisite Don Quixote grand finale, the show was truly a once-in-a-lifetime event.

Afterwards, audience members got the opportunity to chat and take pictures with the performers at a Meet and Greet at Maestro’s. It was an inspirational evening, especially for our Next Generation Ballet dancers, who may someday follow in the footsteps of these ballet superstars!

Here’s a few highlights from the event...

Stars of Ballet's Greatest Hits sign ballet shoes for Patel
Conservatory students.
Conservatory students with Daniel
Ulbricht (right), of the New York
City Ballet, who had a line for autographs
the entire evening.
Next Generation Ballet dancers pose with Marcelo Gomes (center) of the
American Ballet Theatre.
Matthew Golding (second from left), of the Dutch National
Ballet, with Conservatory students.

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