Ballet News

First Season Flutters

As the company reunites I can spot a heightened sense of pride and togetherness. “First-Season-Flutters” have made room for healthy ambitions and self-responsibility together with a sense of self secure-ness, self-motivation and a drive to excel. Our three new principal dancers, Racheal and Zeb Nole and Jared Hunt complement Phyllis Rothwell Affrunti’s and Heather Hawk’s presence and provide a point of reference in standard and ethic for the rest of the company. After a “Footage” rehearsal Zeb comments: “Boy, you are working those guys hard!” and I reply: “Actually they work that hard themselves, I, in fact, have to slow them down, so they make it to the end of the day.” Take it easy! is something they hear a lot from me right now, especially in the first week after the long layoff. It’s important that dancers pace themselves to avoid “over-rehearsing” or injury. On the other hand, I love working with people who love working! Like anything, after a time of repose, the company has jelled and is enhanced by our newcomers, who seem to be made feel at home and integrate easily. I am excited for a great 2nd season, knowing that last year’s seeds have grown into a strong, young, dazzling and beautiful group of people who can make magic for their audience. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Artistic Director, Peter Anastos, staging the hunters in Swan Lake, Idaho! "]Artistic Director, Peter Anastos, staging the hunters in Swan Lake, Idaho! [/caption] [flickr-gallery mode="photoset" photoset="72157622371519444"]