San Antonio Ballet Fundraisers Offer Season Sneak Peek
By Ellie Leeper
Photography By Mendy Escamilla
San Antonio was bewitched by ballet this September with events that sponsored both Ballet San Antonio and the Ballet Conservatory of South Texas. The first event was held in-store at Julian Gold to fundraise for the Ballet Conservatory of South Texas. Ballerinas both young and old posed throughout the store in Swan Lake-esque costumes while bartenders served “Pink Slipper” cocktails to guests as they enjoyed appetizers. Window displays were teeming with tulle as the mannequins donned tutus from various Conservatory productions.
Then, Ballet San Antonio prepared patrons for a more sinister spectacle this season when they presented previews for their October production of “Dracula.” Patrons who gathered at Ballet San Antonio’s studios were moved and spooked by the professional performances of principal dancers. Although the preview was performed without costumes, guests were painted a truly Transylvanian picture as they viewed variations from the production. Gabriel Zertuche, Texas native and resident choreographer for Ballet San Antonio, has originated the choreography for this century-old musical score. “This is classical ballet with the emotional intensity of the novel,” said Zertuche. He claims that, “Fear, seduction and passion are at the heart of this story, and with the storyline details we have built into our costume and set design, audiences will have a mesmerizing experience.”