Ballet San Antonio is the resident ballet company of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts and the city’s professional ballet company. Our professional dancers come to San Antonio from all over the world to make San Antonio their home, and perform for the community in high quality productions. Our organization also provides an interactive arts outreach and education program, Learning That Moves You (LTMY), for San Antonio youth, which includes a free ballet-training program at the Boys & Girls Club of San Antonio. We are made up of six (6) executive and artistic staff members and thirty-four (34) professional dancers. We serve approximately 40,000 annually through our performances and outreach in the community.
In the last few years, the company has undergone significant artistic change and growth. In 2012, Gabriel Zertuche was named Artistic Director and since has widened Ballet San Antonio’s creative repertoire with critically acclaimed new works and the addition of internationally accomplished artists.
We have expanded our season to include more major productions, staff and company dancers. Our repertoire has grown to include The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Romeo & Juliet, Scheherazade, Dracula, Coppelia, Firebird and various contemporary works.
In the fall of 2013, Ballet San Antonio worked with renowned choreographer, Ben Stevenson, former artistic director of the Houston Ballet, for our production of Cinderella. In the 2014-2015 season, we collaborated with Mr. Stevenson again for our production of Romeo & Juliet. Mr. Stevenson is a member of our advisory board, which means a legendary figure in the world of dance is officially putting his support behind our company, and will be providing us with ongoing artistic input and guidance.
In March 2015, we premiered Balanchine’s “Donizetti Variations.” The George Balanchine Trust, which is responsible for preserving the iconic choreographer’s creative works, granted Ballet San Antonio the right to perform one of Mr. Balanchine’s works after we provided background about our artistic accomplishments, including videos of our recent productions. Our ability to perform Balanchine works marked another major milestone in gaining national recognition.
Ballet San Antonio is as committed to introducing dance to the widest possible audience as we are to staging fabulous ballet productions for our community. In April 2014, we premiered Ballet in the Park at Travis Park in downtown San Antonio. This production was our first large-scale, free-of-charge outdoor production. It has rapidly become one of our city’s favorite annual events.
We have further expanded our arts education program, Learning That Moves You that includes ballet training to inner-city children through a partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio. Our program with the Boys & Girls Clubs is completely free of charge to participants. Because of the success of our program, the company has recently been approved as a partner company with American Ballet Theatre’s, Project Plie.