History

 

Mission & Vision

 

Board of Directors

 

Corps de Volontaires

 

Community Partners

 

Preferred School

 

Careers

 

 

Contact Us

 

115 Auditorium Circle

San Antonio, TX 78205

(210) 404-9641

 

 

Press and Media

 

Kelley Kendall

Press and Promotions Manager

(210) 223-3333 x7131  kelley.kendall@tobincenter.org

 

 

Dancers: Lydia Relle (Center); Left to Right: Andres Angulo Castillo, Dan Westfield, Ian Morris, Alexander Allen Sill Life Photography by Alexander Devora

 

History

 

The Beginning

 

Ballet San Antonio  is the resident professional ballet company of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, Texas.  Founded in 1985 by Mayra Worthen and Melissa Hale Coyle under the name Texas Ballet Concerto, it began as a regional dance company. In 1991, the company took its current name, Ballet San Antonio, to reinforce its unwavering commitment to its home city. Worthen ran the company until she was succeeded by Gabriel Zertuche in 2012.

 

Growth and Change

 

As the company continued to grow, it became increasingly evident that the classical foundation needed strengthening.  Ensuring the future and success of the company meant more changes had to be made. In December of 2015, the ballet’s board replaced Zertuche by appointing acclaimed ballet star Willy Shives. Shives’ distinguished stage career, together with his wide breadth of abilities and his capacity for building community through ballet made him the right choice for Ballet San Antonio.

 

For Shives the road to success began in his hometown of Edinburg, Texas.  Eventually he was led to New York City, where he received his formal ballet training at the School of American Ballet and the Harkness Ballet School. After engagements with numerous dance companies, he made his way into the Joffrey Ballet, where he spent 16 years performing his craft. Anna Kisselgoff, New York Times Senior Dance Critic, once wrote that Shives “is an astounding dancer who immerses himself completely into every role…”

 

As Ballet San Antonio’s Artistic Director, Shives has stood firm on his commitment of building a better ballet company and has wasted no time in moving the company in the right direction.  In February 2016, Shives collaborated with choreographer Peter Anastos and brought an outstanding production of Peter Pan to the stage. Then he produced an exciting program for a crowd of thousands, who congregated downtown for Ballet in the Park.  Shives featured two of his own dance works in the spring of 2016:  Solace (a touching contemporary pas de deux) and A Tropical Fiesta, which is likely to become the signature ballet for the company. Given his well-versed background, the company will continue to flourish under Shives. He is expected to unveil and stage many more new works. And in the years ahead, he will undoubtedly put his personal stamp on the company.

 

Ballet San Antonio in the Community

 

Ballet San Antonio is dedicated to bringing the community together through dance, and since 1993, it has provided opportunities for all children to be a part of the ballet. In 2005, with the support from the Texas Commission on the Arts, Ballet San Antonio piloted a program in the schools called Learning That Moves You (LTMY). LTMY includes free ballet training at San Antonio Boys & Girls Clubs.  The ballet continues to have a positive presence in area schools and continues to welcome school children into the theater to heighten their understanding and bring about enjoyable cultural experiences.

 

Ballet San Antonio supports and works with local charities. In 1993 and 1994, the company donated proceeds from The Nutcracker to the University of Texas Health Science Center, for their High Risk, and Children with AIDS programs. Ballet San Antonio also supports military families and veterans, making it possible for them to attend the ballet. The ballet has performed for the Ronald McDonald House, the Chandler House, and the Guenther House. The company also brings dance to area hospitals, and schools.

 

Who We Are Today

 

Today, Ballet San Antonio is a thriving organization, serving over 40,000 people annually. The company employs an artistic staff, which includes 34 professional dancers who are recruited from all over the globe. The company continues to expand its classical repertoire and seeks to recruit contemporary choreographic talent that will help shape the company’s versatile profile.  The company will perform the full-length classical ballet Don Quixote in the fall of 2016 and Sleeping Beauty in the spring of 2017.  Ballet San Antonio will continue to produce a traditional Nutcracker with a live orchestra. The Nutcracker will feature a cast of over 150 area children.  In 2016, the Ballet also begins touring around the state and looks to take future tours beyond state boundaries.

 

Swan Lake, production by Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Principal Dancer: Sally Turkel Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora

 

Mission & Vision

 

The mission of Ballet San Antonio, a professional ballet company, is to share the splendor of dance through diverse artistic performances and outreach programs that reflect, promote and enrich the cultural heritage of our South Texas community.

 

We hold an uncompromising commitment to continually attract and nurture exceptional professional dancers, create distinctive performances, and make dance accessible to the widest possible audiences through partnerships with local organizations.

 

Our vision is to become a nationally recognized ballet company that reflects and promotes our evolving San Antonio community.

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Ballet SA Production of Peter Pan Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora

 

Board of Directors

BOARD MEMBERS

   Lisa Galo Westmoreland, Chair

   Dr. Christine Varela Mayer, Secretary

   Elena Abrahamsson-Oseguera, Event and Market Chair

   George Pedraza, Governance

   Terry Frazor

   Annie Labatt

   Julia Rendon-Reinhart

   Victoria Roca

   Michael Rohlf

 

 

 

  ADVISORS

  Ben Stevenson, O.B.E.

   Bruce Marks

 

  DIRECTOR EMERITUS

  Dr. Elizabeth Conklyn

 

  EX-OFFICIO

   Ami Gordon

 

Corps de Volontaires

 

Hannah Aagaard

Justin  Aguilar

Elyse  Allen

Stefanie Alvheim

Hannah  Armstrong

Christy  Armstrong

Leo  Bannister

Tamara Bannister

Stephanie Basse

Courtney Beauchamp

Renita Bentz

Tyler Benware

Mia  Bettencourt

Sarah  Blankenship

Tessa Bodnar

Caro Canales

Beatrice Cantu

Jesse Cantu

Emma  Cantu-Farret

Denise  Cantu-Hensley

Ruth  Cerdan

Andrienne Cohen

Jo-Kate Collier

Randall Cook

Susan Cornejo

Julie  Croy

Natalie/Lauri Dahl

Norma de la Garza

Carolyn  DeHate

Erika Delgado

Ashley Diaz

Sandra Dillard

Karina Dillard

Paula Duvall

Laura  Emerson

Chad  Emerson

Olivia  Espinosa

Valeria Fleming

Jennifer  Flores

Julie Foltz

Jamie Fox

Jeri Anne Friedrichs

Isabella Friedrichs

Zoe Friedrichs

Margaret  Galvan

Jennifer  Garza

Rodrigo Gonzalez-Riojas

Vivian Gregory

Carol Marie Growney

Patricia Harden

Emily  Harrison Liljenwall

Renee Hill

Kristina Horwath

Kittiya Johnson

Mia  Johnson

Julie Judelson

Lisa Keller

Elizabeth Kiehne

Nancy Edith Lansford

Sandra  LeBaron

Kathleen LeFlore

Tawny Lockett

Kayla Lockwood

Michael Lockwood

Greg  Lowe

Tracy Lowe

Ruth Madero

Lisa Marin

Dianne Marks

Delilah  Marquez

Susan Martinez

Amanda Martinez

Becky Walker

Alexis Ward

Lisa Westmoreland

Joan Whiteley

Yvonne Wood

Jodye Young

Teri Zuwala

Karina Flores

Adriana Tejada

D'Shantell Robledo

Delia  Robledo

Brandy Piner

Jennifer  Hupp

Alexa Gomez

Polly  McDonald

Melissa Smith

Shannan Hern

Lindsay  Plake

Anna Gafford

Alexis Lowe

Kimberly  Aldana

Michelle Christian

Julie  Cordero

Molly Morris

Andrea & Felix Cox

Susan Perez

Elsa Solano

Gina Montez

Kim Denmark

Vanessa Munoz

Anna Cutter

Renata Serafin

Donna Wallace

Genevieve Bustos Garcia

Scott Albert

 

Anna Masseyeff

Sheila Masterson

Christine Mayer

Genesis McMullin

Maria Meagher

Katie  Meissner

Alicia Mohat

Ana Leah Montemayor

Jackie Munoz

Emilio Munoz

Carla Nelson

Elena Oseguera

Alejandro Agustine Padilla

Ashley Pearce

Melissa Petry

Andrea Piascik

Andrea Pichler

Luz Platler

Carolyn  Plemper

Randi Plentl

Marta  Powell

Cecilia Quintanilla

Lauren Randolf

Anabelle Rodriguez

Jill Rosenthal

Nancy Sagui

Monika Sanchez

Victor  Sanchez

Tawny Sauer

Debra Stepan

Michelle Stevens

Robin  Szarvas

Monda Thomposon

McKaylin Tierney

Gina Vazquez

Carrie Vicana

Romeo and Juliet Production by Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Dancers: Sally Turkel & Yosvani Cortellan Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora

 

Community Partners

Instituto Cultural de Mexico

KHG Marketing & Communications

Kronkosky Charitable Foundation

La Villita Historic Arts Village

Paul Saenz, MD, Sports Medicine Associates

Rotary International

Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts

 

 

San Antonio Center for Physical Therapy

San Antonio Symphony

SRO & Associates

Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora

Texas Commission on the Arts

Tobin Center for the  Performing Arts

Trinity Flowers

 

 

Arts + Culture

Ballet Conservatory of South Texas

Bexar County

Chama Gaucha

City of San Antonio, Center City Development & Operation Department

City of San Antonio, Department for Culture & Creative Development

Dorothy’s Dance Shop

 

 

          We are grateful to the individuals, businesses, and organizations that dedicate their time, talents, and expertise to Ballet San Antonio.

Snow Tree Angels featured in The Nutcracker

 

Preferred School

 

The Ballet Conservatory of South Texas is the preferred ballet school of Ballet San Antonio. Ballet San Antonio is honored to give this unique distinction.

 

Founded in 2005, the Ballet Conservatory of South Texas is the only 501 (c)(3) non-profit ballet academy and pre-professional performance company in San Antonio. Their focus  on providing exceptional instructional and performance experiences for local dancers is showcased through a passionate community of best-in-class instructors, involved parents, and generous supporters.

 

Directed by Marieli Guardiola Pope, a former dancer, the Conservatory includes distinctive faculty which compromises of many current Ballet San Antonio Professional dancers.

 

 

 

For more information, please visit www.balletsouthtexas.org, or contact at (210) 820-3400.

 

Ballet Conservatory of South Texas

5200 Broadway

San Antonio, TX 78209

 

 

Ballet San Antonio in their home theater, The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

 

Careers

Ballet San Antonio offers exciting employment opportunities for experienced professionals in the performing arts industry--from entry level positions in the administrative offices through to dancers, designers and teaching artists.

 

DANCE AUDITIONS

Auditions are currently CLOSED for the 2017-2018 season.

 

Please visit the website for future openings.

 

Contact Info:

Please contact Cenezca Cortellan at c.cortellan@balletsanantonio.org for future inquiries.

In the subject line please include, "2017-18 Audition Inquiry".

 

INTERNSHIPS

Program Description: Ballet San Antonio internships give interested students opportunities to learn daily operations associated with an arts organization.

 

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Assistance with activities in marketing
  • Assistance in public relations
  • Assistance in special projects
  • Assistance with social media

 

Intern Benefits:

  • Include great experiences working with a premiere arts organization in San Antonio
  • Opportunity to work on a variety of projects
  • Possible school credit
  • Complimentary tickets to all ballet performances
  • Hours can be flexible to accommodate school schedules

 

Available Internships

Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer Seasons

 

Contact Info:

Please contact Crystal Ramos at c.ramos@balletsanantonio.org for inquiries.

In the subject line please include the semester your are applying for i.e. "internship: winter 2017".

 

Dancers: Lydia Relle (Center); Left to Right: Andres Angulo Castillo, Dan Westfield, Ian Morris, Alexander Allen Sill Life Photography by Alexander Devora
Swan Lake, production by Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Principal Dancer: Sally Turkel Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora
2016 Ballet SA Production of Peter Pan Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora
 
Romeo and Juliet Production by Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Dancers: Sally Turkel & Yosvani Cortellan Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora
Snow Tree Angels featured in The Nutcracker
Ballet San Antonio in their home theater, The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Dancers: Lydia Relle (Center); Left to Right: Andres Angulo Castillo, Dan Westfield, Ian Morris, Alexander Allen Sill Life Photography by Alexander Devora
Swan Lake, production by Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Principal Dancer: Sally Turkel Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora
2016 Ballet SA Production of Peter Pan Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora
 
Romeo and Juliet Production by Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Dancers: Sally Turkel & Yosvani Cortellan Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora
Snow Tree Angels featured in The Nutcracker
Ballet San Antonio in their home theater, The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Dancers: Lydia Relle (Center); Left to Right: Andres Angulo Castillo, Dan Westfield, Ian Morris, Alexander Allen Sill Life Photography by Alexander Devora
Swan Lake, production by Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Principal Dancer: Sally Turkel Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora
2016 Ballet SA Production of Peter Pan Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora
 
Romeo and Juliet Production by Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Dancers: Sally Turkel & Yosvani Cortellan Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora
Snow Tree Angels featured in The Nutcracker
Ballet San Antonio in their home theater, The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Dancers: Lydia Relle (Center); Left to Right: Andres Angulo Castillo, Dan Westfield, Ian Morris, Alexander Allen Sill Life Photography by Alexander Devora
Swan Lake, production by Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Principal Dancer: Sally Turkel Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora
2016 Ballet SA Production of Peter Pan Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora
 
Romeo and Juliet Production by Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Dancers: Sally Turkel & Yosvani Cortellan Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora
Snow Tree Angels featured in The Nutcracker
Ballet San Antonio in their home theater, The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Dancers: Lydia Relle (Center); Left to Right: Andres Angulo Castillo, Dan Westfield, Ian Morris, Alexander Allen Sill Life Photography by Alexander Devora
Swan Lake, production by Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Principal Dancer: Sally Turkel Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora
2016 Ballet SA Production of Peter Pan Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora
 
Romeo and Juliet Production by Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Dancers: Sally Turkel & Yosvani Cortellan Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora
Snow Tree Angels featured in The Nutcracker
Ballet San Antonio in their home theater, The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Dancers: Lydia Relle (Center); Left to Right: Andres Angulo Castillo, Dan Westfield, Ian Morris, Alexander Allen Sill Life Photography by Alexander Devora
Swan Lake, production by Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Principal Dancer: Sally Turkel Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora
2016 Ballet SA Production of Peter Pan Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora
 
Romeo and Juliet Production by Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Dancers: Sally Turkel & Yosvani Cortellan Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora
Snow Tree Angels featured in The Nutcracker
Ballet San Antonio in their home theater, The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Dancers: Lydia Relle (Center); Left to Right: Andres Angulo Castillo, Dan Westfield, Ian Morris, Alexander Allen Sill Life Photography by Alexander Devora
Swan Lake, production by Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Principal Dancer: Sally Turkel Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora
2016 Ballet SA Production of Peter Pan Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora
 
Romeo and Juliet Production by Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Dancers: Sally Turkel & Yosvani Cortellan Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora
Snow Tree Angels featured in The Nutcracker
Ballet San Antonio in their home theater, The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Dancers: Lydia Relle (Center); Left to Right: Andres Angulo Castillo, Dan Westfield, Ian Morris, Alexander Allen Sill Life Photography by Alexander Devora
Swan Lake, production by Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Principal Dancer: Sally Turkel Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora
2016 Ballet SA Production of Peter Pan Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora
 
Romeo and Juliet Production by Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Dancers: Sally Turkel & Yosvani Cortellan Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora
Snow Tree Angels featured in The Nutcracker
Ballet San Antonio in their home theater, The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Dancers: Lydia Relle (Center); Left to Right: Andres Angulo Castillo, Dan Westfield, Ian Morris, Alexander Allen Sill Life Photography by Alexander Devora
Swan Lake, production by Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Principal Dancer: Sally Turkel Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora
  2016 Ballet SA Production of Peter Pan Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora
Romeo and Juliet Production by Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Dancers: Sally Turkel & Yosvani Cortellan Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora
Snow Tree Angels featured in The Nutcracker
Ballet San Antonio in their home theater, The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts