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Dancer Spotlight: Amy Marie Briones

Story by Susan Lee

Amy Marie Briones is truly a home-grown talent. Briones grew up in San Mateo, where she attended the Ayako School of Ballet until she joined Ballet San Jose in 2006. She was only sixteen at the time.

“I wanted to start ballet when I was two year old,” Briones says. “But my mother told me to go and play basketball with my brothers! I finally made it to my first class when I was four, and I wanted to go every day after that.”

Briones and her brothers were homeschooled, which she says was good for her soon-strenuous ballet schedule. It worked so well, in fact, that when Briones attended the prestigious USA International Dance Competition, Dennis Nahat, the former Artistic Director of Ballet San Jose, spotted her right away. “He asked me if I wanted a job,” she laughs. “I told him, ‘Well, I’m only sixteen, but yes!'”

Amy Marie Briones in Dwight Rhoden's Evermore. Photo by Alejandro Gomez.

Amy Marie Briones in Dwight Rhoden’s Evermore. Photo by Alejandro Gomez.

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Dancer Spotlight: Nathan Chaney

Ballet San Jose sits down with our newest company member, principal dancer Nathan Chaney. This season is Nathan’s first with Ballet San Jose. In this interview, Nathan speaks about his dance background, what inspires him, his advice for aspiring professionals, and his views about dancing with Ballet San Jose.

Nathan Chaney is Ballet San Jose's newest Principal Dancer. See him perform May 9-11 in Masterworks of Movement and Theatre

Nathan Chaney is Ballet San Jose’s newest Principal Dancer. See him perform next May 9-11, 2014 in Masterworks of Movement and Theatre.

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Ballet San Jose, 2010-2011: A Season in Review(s)

With many thrilling opportunities in Ballet San Jose’s future — not the least of which is our new partnership with American Ballet Theatre, announced last Friday — this year seems to be winding down rather quietly. We are excited to see what 2012 will bring. However, we can’t bid 2011 adieu without first taking a moment to look back on the 2010-2011 Ballet San Jose season.

In lieu of putting together a true “End of the Year” list, we asked our Marketing Director and resident scrapbooker Lee Kopp to compile a few of his favorite snippets from local reviews of Giselle, Swan Lake and Carmen. The result was a pretty fantastic survey of one-liners.

So here it is. We present to you: Ballet San Jose’s 2010-2011 season in review(s).

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