Absolutely AMAZING! Last night a couple SPAA students and I attended a wonderful performance, The Bolshoi Ballet Project: Reflections, featuring graduates of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. The melding of contemporary work with strong classical dancers is always an exciting combination and I believe it showcased the relevance of classical technique within the contemporary arena quite nicely. Some of the choreography was not necessarily to my liking, but the beauty of classical ballet training still continued to shine through.
It really is vitally important that those working in ballet and dance, and students of ballet and dance, are given the opportunity to see professional dancers at an international level and we just don’t get enough opportunities here in Southern California. Seeing live performances at a national/international level inspire and validate our daily class work, both as teachers and students. I encourage those of you parenting dancers, both aspiring professionals and lovers of the art, to take the family to a live performance. There really is nothing like it. YouTube and the internet has brought the dance world to our desks, but nothing beats live performance.
I have to thank Orange County Performing Arts Center (now Segerstrom Center for the Arts) for continually offering a varied and innovative Dance season in Southern California year after year.