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A Fiesta of Dance: Mexican Fiesta – this weekend!

Rolando and MonicaRolando Yanes and Monica Isla dutifully serving drinks to raise money for the Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II Program.

Who can believe it’s the end of August already!?  The Summer Olympics are over and the Packers have started again! Here at the ballet, we are in full planning mode for this slate of events. The costume shop is here creating gorgeous new costumes for La Bohème and maintenance classes are underway to get the dancers prepped and ready for a new year. Soon the Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II Program (MBII) and Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy will start up again, followed by the Company a week later. Before you start unpacking your sweaters, take a minute this weekend to savor the summer with us at Mexican Fiesta!

We have been invited to perform at the festival again and this year we have some prime show times! On Friday, August 24 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, August 25 at 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, August 26 at 6:45 p.m. you can watch Parker Brasser-Vos, Justin Genna, David Hovhannisyan, Rachel Malehorn, Janel Meindersee, Isaac Sharratt and Nicole Teague perform a collection of new works and some old favorites. They will be performing in the Cultural Village (Potawatomi Stage) and we will be raising money for MBII with a beer and soda tent at the entrance to the village. Come thirsty!

These dancers (as well as others in the Company) have been all over the country this summer, performing as guest artists, teaching and working with new dance projects.  Isaac and Nicole were among a group of dancers in a new project called NomadicLIMBS, a dance collective put together by Milwaukee Ballet II graduate Thom Dancy. Justin and Nicole went out and danced for Nicole’s parents’ school Del Mar Ballet, in San Diego.  Petr Zahradnícek took Rachel, David, Justin and Nicole among others, to perform in a Gala performance in California for the Ballet Under the Stars competition he won earlier in the season. Parker Brasser-Vos was a member of the Traverse City Dance Project, former Company and MBII member Brent Whitney’s new summer dance project.  Needless to say – the dancers have been busy and it’s exciting to see all of the creative opportunities made by dancers, for dancers, popping up around the country.

Dance continues to be something we want to inject into the public bloodstream in as many ways as possible.  Raising awareness for the art form and for our own Company are things we must do all the time to sell tickets and secure future audiences.  Between Donald Driver’s Dancing With the Stars victory, new television shows Bunheads and Breaking Pointe, more frequent showings of full-length ballets in regular movie theatres though the Ballet in Cinema series (featuring companies like the Bolshoi!), our proximity to Chicago and access to companies like the Paris Opera Ballet and the wide variety of dance going on right here in Milwaukee, there’s a lot of footwork to feast your eyes upon. 

It’s always best live though – so let’s have a “¡Salud!” to summer at Mexican Fiesta as we anxiously await the arrival of Michael Pink’s 10th anniversary season at Milwaukee Ballet.  The celebration of ballet itself, a festival of culture (that features two ballet Companies – ours and the Escuela de Danza Clásica from Jalisco, Mexico), and a new season of dance featuring everything from Michael Pink to George Balanchine to a corps of swans…  All of this is well worth a fiesta! 

Alyson Chavez
Director of Community Outreach