2015-16 marks the Thirtieth Anniversary of Ballet San Antonio.
Founded in 1985 as a regional company by Mayra Worthen and Melissa Hale Coyle, today, we are 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.
In 1993, as a way of contributing to the future of San Antonio’s less fortunate children, BSA began expanding its community outreach program by taking ballet to those who did not have the opportunity to go to the theater. We have performed at the Ronald McDonald House, the Chandler House, the Guenther House, many hospitals, and schools. In 1993 and 1994, Ballet San Antonio donated the proceeds from The Nutcracker to the University of Texas Health Science Center, for their High Risk, and Children with AIDS programs.
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. Because of the success of LTMY, the company has recently been approved as a partner company with American Ballet Theatre’s Project Plie.
We are made up of six (6) executive and artistic staff members and thirty-four (34) professional dancers.
Ballet San Antonio serves approximately 40,000 people annually through our performances and outreach programs in the community.
In 2012, Gabriel Zertuche was named Artistic Director due to the excellence of his staging of Dracula. Since then Ballet San Antonio has widened its creative repertoire with critically acclaimed new works and the addition of internationally accomplished artists.
In the fall of 2013, Ballet San Antonio worked with renowned choreographer, Ben Stevenson, O.B.E, former artistic director of the Houston Ballet, for our production of Cinderella. In the 2014-2015 season, BSA collaborated with Mr. Stevenson for our production of Romeo & Juliet. Mr. Stevenson became a member of our advisory Board, which means a legendary figure in the world of dance is officially putting his support behind our company. He will be providing BSA with ongoing artistic input and guidance.
The company has deepened and expanded its collaboration with the San Antonio Symphony. This season, Ballet San Antonio and the Symphony have performed “Swan Lake” & “The Nutcracker” together.
Last March, we hosted our second annual “Ballet in the Park” at Travis Park. It has rapidly become one of San Antonio’s favorites, reaching over 1,000 attendees. This production was our first large-scale, free-of-charge outdoor production in April 2014 to introduce more of our San Antonio community to its professional ballet company. Because of the production’s success, we plan to make “Ballet in the Park” and an annual production in our season.
The company’s repertoire has grown to include The Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, Scheherazade, Dracula, Coppelia, Firebird and many neo-classical and contemporary works. In March 2015, the company premiered Balanchine’s Donizetti Variations. The George Balanchine Trust, which is responsible for preserving the iconic choreographer’s creative works, granted BSA the right to perform one of Mr. Balanchine’s works. The ability to perform a Balanchine work marked another major milestone in gaining national recognition in the world of dance.