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Artist Spotlight: Ballet San Jose Dancer Alex Kramer

Alex Kramer photographed by Jade Young

Alex Kramer photographed by Jade Young

Nine days ago, Ballet San Jose gave the South Bay a one-night-only preview of our 2013 Repertory Season with an amazing Inaugural Gala performance at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. The rep earned some very complimentary reviews from publications around the Bay Area and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Every person who took the CPA stage on November 3 — from critically acclaimed concert violinist Rachel Lee to the company dancers of Ballet San Jose, both familiar and new — gave an awe-inspiring performance. We think the gala gave Bay Area audiences a really inspiring look at the new pieces in the coming season!

Now, we’ve begun to look ahead to Ballet SJ’s new production of The Nutcracker, which will make its world premiere on December 8. As we gear up for this run of Nutcracker, we pick up where we left off with our Artist Spotlight blog series. Meet another new face in the corps de ballet: Alex Kramer, an alumnus of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre (ABT) and former member of ABT Studio Company. Before the gala, we talked to Alex about what inspired him to become a dancer in Grand Junction, CO, his mentor at ABT, and his thoughts about leaving New York City.

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Notes from Talia: Ballet San Jose Moves Forward

Ethan Stiefel and Ashley Tuttle featured in American Ballet Theatre’s 1998 performance of Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 (1998 WNET PBS Telecast — Great Performances: DANCE IN AMERICA)

Note: Starting today, Talia the Marketing Intern will begin contributing posts to the Ballet San Jose blog.

BALLET SAN JOSE is moving forward with leaps and bounds! Yesterday was a different kind of day at Ballet San Jose as I got to take a sneak peek at the dancers as they worked on the upcoming Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 (Program 2, April 13-15). It was quite the experience. I couldn’t believe my luck when Lee stopped by my cubicle and told me I’d be allowed to watch some rehearsal upstairs. And the Ballet San Jose dancers didn’t disappoint.

It’s true that you can never really know how good something will really be until you see the finished product. But I could already tell that these pieces from the 2012 season are going to be spectacular. It was great to be able to get a look behind the scenes of the productions, to see the dancers working hard to learn new steps for some really exciting shows.

Clark Tippet’s choreography for Bruch is so elegant, and watching Wes and David Richardson work with the dancers was a treat! David even cracked a couple of jokes that had the dancers laughing and smiling at each other. The camaraderie was obvious, and it made those ten minutes of rehearsal a real joy to watch.

The dancers look so much more regal in person, too! Their poise is astounding, and they hold themselves very elegantly–even when they are walking to get a drink of water. Next door, rehearsals for Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante (also Program 2, April 13-15) were in full swing. That’s one of the pieces I can’t wait to see on stage.

Keep up the great work, guys! We won’t see the finished Bruch until the middle of April, but I look forward to the beginning of the season in March. Can’t wait!

Peace out!
Talia

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