Dancer of the Day: Trystan Loucado   5 comments

Trystan Rocks!

Have you heard about Trystan Loucado?  If you haven’t, we suspect you will soon.   He is currently a San Diego Ballet principle superstar, and he is our current Dancer of the Day!

He just finished rocking the stage as our lead male in ‘Firebird’, and now he is gliding into his massive roles of our upcoming ‘Nutcracker’.  We feel lucky just watching him dance in various rehearsals and shows, but on top of being such a gifted performer, he is genuinely kind and wonderful to be around.  So this ‘Dancer of the Day’ segment was a real treat for us.  Here is what he had to say:

Q: Who or what inspired you to make a life in dance?

A: If it wasn’t for Ahita Bergman (SDB’s Ballet Mistress) I would have stopped coming to ballet classes a long time ago, let alone become a professional dancer. I’m thankful everyday for the education and inspiration that she has given me in dance and the everyday.

Q: How do you prepare yourself for a physically demanding day of dance?

A: I usually am wide awake at 7:30 am so I will put a movie on and a pot of coffee while I wear my Yoga Toes. I check in with my body by doing some light stretching, so I know what might be sore from the day before. I make sure to eat breakfast because you never know when you will have an opportunity to eat during the day.

Q: What is the most rewarding moment of your career so far?

A: It’s hard for me to be specific about that. I feel like being able to support myself in my art is the most rewarding thing I could think of. Its always wonderful when you hear the applause of the audience after you’ve done something you didn’t think you could.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

A: Still dancing I hope, I want to take this for the long haul.

Q: What is one of your weaknesses as a dancer? What is your strength?

A: I started late in life, so my muscle memory is not very strong. But It has forced me to pick things up faster. Learning to dance from the perspective of an adult rather than that of a child has also been my greatest advantage. It has allowed me to look at things more analytically rather than just copying movement.

Q: What is the last thing you saw or heard that inspired you as an artist?

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Q: What would you like to say to aspiring dancers who watch your performances?

A: Educate yourself about your body, you only get one. The rest comes with practice, patience and humility.

Thank you Trystan!

Check out Trystan working out his “Nutcracker” solo in this slideshow:

He can fly!  You do not want to miss him in our upcoming production of ‘Nutcracker’!  Tickets are on sale now!

Posted November 11, 2010 by sdballet in Uncategorized

Nutcracker Rehearsal Videos   Leave a comment

The 20th Anniversary Gala and our ‘Firebird’ performances were a huge success! Big thanks to everyone involved who made that weekend so special to the San Diego Ballet.

As there is never time to rest in the world of Ballet  our dancers are back in the studio now working on our critically acclaimed ‘Nutcracker’.

We happily watched a rehearsal, and enjoyed some fabulous work by our company members Trystan and Abby.  Here are two clips of what is already shaping up to be a great year for ‘Nutcracker’.

 

Here is Trystan working on a solo:

 

 

Abby and Trystan:

 

 

‘Nutcracker’ tickets are on sale now!  Come join us for the magic!

 

Posted November 5, 2010 by sdballet in Uncategorized

‘Firebird’ Student Matinee   Leave a comment

San Diego Ballet invited a very special audience to come and watch our “Firebird” dress rehearsal today!  Thanks to a partnership with Young Audiences of San Diego we were able to invite schools around town to our latest ballet.  An opportunity rarely given to young ones. 

We were there to be part of the excitement and took some cell phone shots of the joyous event. 

Pretty cute, huh?  Here are some of our favorite overheard quotes of the students after the show: 

“I want to be a ballerina!  I can dance and jump!” 

“I liked the guy with the thingie, he was handsome!” 

“I want her dress!” 

“That was the COOLEST THING EVER!” 

“Daddy!  Help me do a lift like they did!” 

‘Firebird’ is a wonderful inspiration for all ages.  We’re pretty sure there are some newly-inspired future professional ballet dancers in our audience. 

Bring your family to Firebird tomorrow at 2:30 or at 8:00pm!

Posted October 22, 2010 by sdballet in Uncategorized

Gala Rehearsal Shots   1 comment

Our dancers are workin’ it!  We love watching them in their rehearsals while they survive the long work days before a performance.  They have been doing double studio duty while preparing for the upcoming San Diego Ballet 20th Anniversary Gala on October 22nd, and “Firebird and New Works” on October 23rd, (have you gotten your tickets yet?!?).

Here is a gallery of our dancers sweating and stretching and of course dancing while they rehearse for the Gala- before they spend the rest of the day perfecting “Firebird”.  They are giving their all so they can give you an amazing ballet experience.

 

Aren’t they amazing?  You have two opportunities to see them make magic next weekend!  We hope to see you there.

Posted October 15, 2010 by sdballet in Uncategorized

Dancer of the Day: Stephanie Maiorano   Leave a comment

 

photo by Aaron Rumley

 

In our second edition of “Dancer of the Day” we were lucky to nab some time of the very busy and hard-working Stephanie Maiorano, the star of our October 23rd performance of “Firbird”.

We were also lucky enough to get some beautiful action shots of Stephanie during her rehearsal so check out our amazing flickr album at the end of her interview!

Q: What prepares you for a role like “Firebird”?

A: Lots of ice and sleep!  Firebird is a particularly difficult role.  It has a marathon of everything in it from fast variations to slow adagio which is challenging, but so fun to do as a dancer.  However, when I come home, ice and sleep make for an easier run through.

Q: What has been the most rewarding moment of your career so far?

A: I’ve had a lot of rewarding moments, it’s hard to really pick just one.  But I guess the most recent would be dancing “Firebird” last fall.  It was my first lead with the San Diego Ballet and it was the most my stamina had ever been tested.  It was very rewarding for me to make it to that final bow, and I couldn’t be happier to do it again this year.

Q: Can you imagine yourself in any other job?

A: Absolutely not.  Ever since I can remember I’ve said I was going to be a professional ballet dancer.  I’m very lucky that I was right.

Q: What keeps you energized and motivated through a long rehearsal day?

A: It’s a mix, usually the music really gets me through it.  We get to dance to a fun mix of classical and contemporary music at San Diego Ballet, and I always find myself lost in it once it is playing.  But also knowing I’m spending my day doing what I always wanted to do energizes me.

Q: What was the last thing you saw/heard that inspired you as an artist?

A: I recently saw a video of Roland Petit’s Clavigo.  It was AMAZING. Check out a clip:

Q: What do you believe to be your biggest challenge as a dancer?

A: Turns!  It’s so funny because I always get roles with turns in them, but I’m not a natural turner.  So that’s what I would say is my biggest struggle.  But I’m working on them!

Q: What message would you like to communicate to young aspiring dancers who watch you in upcoming performances?

A: That they can be any of the dancers on stage if they want to be.  It all starts with that one ballet.  If the dance bug bits you, enroll in dance!  With commitment, focus, and hard work- you can be the dancer you want to be.

 

Make sure you check out the sensational Stephanie in San Diego Ballet’s ‘Firebird’ performing this month!

Posted October 8, 2010 by sdballet in Uncategorized

Firebird Rehearsals   2 comments

Our company dancers are back in business and working hard to prepare for the upcoming performance of “Firebird” on October 23rd.  We had the pleasure of watching their second day of rehearsal, and they are already in amazing shape!  We snapped some photos of them learning, re-learning, and all around really enjoying the process.  Stephanie Maiorano, our ‘Firebird’, can move with boundless energy and grace, and we can’t wait to see her master the role.

Here is a little slideshow of our experience on the outside (which hardly does it justice).  Enjoy!

Posted September 29, 2010 by sdballet in Uncategorized

Dancer of the day: Abby Avery   3 comments

Beautiful company member Abby Avery sat down to answer some questions we had for our brand new segment on our brand-new blog: Dancer of the Day.  In these posts we will ask San Diego Ballet dancers a little about themselves and their lives as professional Ballet dancers.

Here is what Abby had to say:

Q: Growing up, who/what inspired you to make a life in dance?

A:  I had a lot of great teachers over the years that inspired me to continue dancing. My parents also played a major role in my pursuit of dance. My mom signed me up for a dance class when I was five years old and I never quit! Both my parents encouraged me to work hard and to commit whole-heartedly to my goals, no matter what they were. They began taking our family to see Alvin Ailey when I was in the fourth grade. Seeing such phenomenal dancers at such a young age was very influential in my dance career. I knew that those dancers and I shared the same passion and desire to make a career out of something we loved. They are still my favorite dance company and always renew my love for dance every time I see them perform.

Q:  What is the most embarrassing dance-related tale you can tell?

A:  My most embarrassing career moment to date took place in The Nutcracker when I was dancing with the Fresno Ballet. I was doing the lead in Arabian. I was wearing a two-piece costume, a bra-like top and big, billowy pants. We were doing a school show the first time I wore the costume on stage. Half way through the pas de deux, I heard giggling in the audience.  I remember thinking to myself, “Wow, these kids are so rude.” Then, I remember feeling a slight breeze on the top of my thighs. My pants had come unhooked during a lift and were falling off of me. I pulled them up and tried to continue the pas. We did a lift with me sitting on my partner’s shoulder. Fortunately, this sort of held up the pants. I then said through my teeth, “Carry me off!” I was stitched in to those pants for every performance after that.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

A: Well, in ten years I’ll be… over the hill!!?? Hopefully I’ll still be involved in dance somehow and getting weekly pedicures. =)

Q: What is one of your weaknesses as a dancer?  What is your strength?

A: One of my weaknesses as a dancer would be my desire for perfection. I see this as a weakness because I feel like sometimes it stifles my movement. Sometimes I wish I could move ‘bigger’ and let go of the technical side of myself. However, I see this as my strength as well. My perfectionist attitude pushes me to work hard every day and always makes me want more from myself. There is always room for improvement.

Q: What is a dream role for you to play?

A:  Honestly, I’ve never had a dream role that I’ve wanted to play. I’ve always been pleasantly surprised when given any leading role. I have been so fortunate in my career to have played some incredible roles. I never dreamed that I would play Juliet or the Sugar Plum Fairy and I have been able to do both. Each time I leave the stage I think to myself, “I can’t believe I just did that.”

Posted September 21, 2010 by sdballet in Uncategorized