Today was “Obnoxious Day” – MBIIs in sequined skirts, lacy tights, crazy socks and Kana with geisha makeup made for a colorful ballet class. The last week of the Milwaukee Ballet II Program is always Spirit Week: yesterday was Pajama Day, tomorrow is Twin Day and Friday before the show – Princess Day – how fitting! In the midst of Karl’s morning ballet class, I interrupted to take a picture (what could be more obnoxious?) and despite the outlandish dress, the group of dancers in florescent leotards and tights are a terribly wonderful group of people. Friday is their last show of the season; the Graduation Celebration in which they pick their pieces and show us a bit more of who they are as individual artists. I have raved about them this year and I’ve meant every word. I’ll re-print here what I submitted to the Coppélia program about them:
The 2010-11 Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II dancers are an admirable group of young men and women. These 20 dancers from all over the world have come to Milwaukee and made a lasting impression through their tireless commitment to refining their own technique and artistry while bringing the art form to life through performance and community outreach endeavors. From intimate settings such as the Aurora Zilber Hospice, where they brought beauty to people in their last moments of life, to big stages at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, or Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana where they have performed classical and contemporary repertoire – their focus and determination have been a constant. They came to us as students during the Summer Intensive Program and they have grown immensely this season, helping to grow the program along the way. Their power, focus, pose and talent have raised the standard and will help us measure success in the future. We celebrate them and wish them all the best as they dance into their futures.
Come join us this Friday, May 27 at noon in Studio A for their Graduation Celebration,
entitled We Heart Ballet. The show will feature all 20 dancers and will offer a nice blend of both classical and contemporary work. Be there to send them off into the future; eight are returning as second year trainees, one is joining Milwaukee Ballet as an Apprentice and the remaining 11 are venturing to other companies to dance, to college and teaching jobs where they will utilize the training, professional experience and life skills they’ve built while here in Milwaukee with us. We sure do heart them and we wish them the very, very best!
RSVP to me – Alyson Chavez, (414) 902-2120 or achavez [at] milwaukeeballet [dot] org
$10 – Reception to follow