In September, I visited the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Bethlehem, PA. I took class with their Advanced students, who are part of the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley.
After class, the Artistic Director, Karen Kroninger-Knerr, asked me to perform a variation for them. I danced Aurora, Act III Wedding variation. Afterwards, I talked to them and answered questions about dance.
My mother danced with the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley for many years when she was young. She danced in their Nutcrackers at the Allentown Symphony Hall.
It was fun to dance in the same studio as my mom, and to talk to the young dancers who want to become professionals some day.
First State Ballet Theatre does a lot of community outreach.
This is me as the Duck, in Peter and the Wolfe, from "The Making of the Ballet." It was a part of the Grand Opera House's “Stages of Discovery” matinee series for kids.
We do various performances for local school children in Delaware.
After the performance dancers from First State Ballet Theatre meet and greet the children, answer questions, take photos and sign programs.
At Christmas time, First State Ballet Theatre's Audience Development Committee arranged for an appearance at Borders book store in Christiana.
Dancers from First State Ballet Theatre enjoyed reading The Nutcracker to the children.
They held a Meet-n-Greet with kids in the Children's Book Section of Borders.