STARS Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
Recommended for all grade levels.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's bold vision – top global choreographers, distinctive groundbreaking repertoire, and virtuoso dancers – has fostered a jewel of a dance company in the American West.
The company’s pioneering spirit arises from a dual set of home cities: Aspen, nestled in the Rocky Mountains, and Santa Fe, gracing the Southwestern plateau. Shaping the cultural landscape of these communities – and influencing the dance field at large – is a contemporary ballet company now two decades old.
ASFB’s informative and engaging lecture/demonstrations take students on a journey behind the scenes of a professional ballet company. Narrated by Executive Director Jean-Philippe Malaty, the curtain opens to reveal a company ballet class in progress. Students watch as the dancers move through regimented exercises, from the barre to the center, all the while learning about how dancers train, dancing in pointe shoes, and how to partner. Brave volunteers from the audience are even welcomed on stage to try their hand at partnering the ballerinas! The students are then treated to a performance of a work in the company’s repertoire, followed by a Q&A session with the dancers. ASFB’s hour-long lecture/demonstration is an exciting, educational activity that’s sure to leave students eager to learn more.
The STARS series is underwritten by Pat and Pete Frechette and supported in part by funding from United Way of Eagle River Valley. Additional support provided by Anonymous, Eagle Valley Community Fund, Susan & Harry Frampton, the Forrest & Frances Lattner Foundation, The Precourt Foundation, Ann Smead & Michael Byram, the Vilar Guild and the Soros Charitable Fund.