St Augustine Ballet Performs “The Nutcracker”

The St. Augustine Ballet performs The Nutcracker every holiday season at Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium. This year, there were four performances over two days, Saturday and Sunday, December 16 and 17, 2017.

Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker is a traditional thing to do during the holidays, and one of the most loved Christmas stories, based on E.T. A. Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. The St. Augustine Ballet production was directed by Artistic Director Luis Abella.

2017 Dancing Stars of St Johns County was Awesome

Another great performance for a wonderful cause. On July 8th SACSPA (St Augustine Community School of Performing Arts) presented its 2017 Dancing Stars of St Johns County. The community came out in great numbers to support this non-profit organization which provides many programs to persons of all ages.
It was a blast of good music, dance and fun.

St Augustine Ballet’s “Alice in Wonderland” Captivates the Imagination

On May 13th and 14th, Saint Augustine Ballet’s newest original production, Alice in Wonderland, came to the Lewis Auditorium. Artistic Director Luis Abella explained, “Children have always related to Alice – her curiosity and her bravery in the face of a bewildering new world. For this show, we have brought together an exciting mix of contemporary dance styles and eclectic music that will appeal to adults just as much as children.”

Artistic Director Luis Abella

Choreography by Emily Masson. A musical score sourced from all over the globe – from classical and romantic, to American jazz, steam punk, North African percussion, and exotic middle-eastern strains, the music had something for everyone.

Tap dance and choreographer, Jenne Vermes

Costumes by Parisian-native, Virginie Lorang-Woodward.

Head of scenic and lighting design, Robert O’Leary

Ensemble Español Visits St Augustine

St. Augustine’s EMMA Concerts presented the Ensemble Español in a performance at Lewis Auditorium on Saturday, February 4, 2017.The Ensemble Español performed in St. Augustine during the Celebrate 450! festivities in September of 2015, and they returned for an encore performance as part of the EMMA Evening Concert Series.
The premier Spanish dance company in the U.S., the Ensemble is committed to presenting and promoting cultural pluralism at community, state, national, and international levels. Made up of 40 singers, dancers, and guest artists, the Ensemble celebrates “the rich traditions of the dance, music. literature and culture of Spain in the classical, folkloric and flamenco styles.”

“The Nutcracker” Amazes Again

The St. Augustine Ballet perform The Nutcracker every holiday season at Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium. This year, there were four performances over two days: at 1:30 and 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, December 17 and 18, 2016.

Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker is a traditional thing to do during the holidays, and one of the most loved Christmas stories, based on E.T. A. Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. The St. Augustine Ballet production is directed by Artistic Director Luis Abella and featured several guest artists.

This year’s production of the classic holiday season ballet featured two renowned dancers discovered by Edward Villella. Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg  performed as the Sugar Plum Fairy opposite her husband Carlos Miguel Guerra as the Cavalier. Both dancers worked with Edward Villella at the Miami City Ballet for many years.

Zombie Party at the Lightner Museum

Many dragged themselves to the Lightner Museum in their best zombie attire!  “Get your zombie on” was from 5pm-7pm when the Lightner Museum hosted a special dance performance by Abella’s School of Dance: Thriller at Lightner.  Abella’s donated their talents for the evening by performing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller, then teaching the zombie guests how to bust a move.

This was a free family-friendly event.  Donations were being requested at the door with 100% of proceeds going to the hurricane recovery effort in St. Johns County.

Guest entered through the Cafe’ Alcazar Entrance on Granada Street!

The International West Coast Swing Flash Mob 2016

The International West Coast Swing Flash Mob 2016, performed on Aviles Street in St Augustine, FL on Saturday, Sept. 3rd.. This event also happen in 28 countries around the world on that same day. First Coast TV spoke with Victoria as she prepared and at the end saw the results on Aviles Street.

2016 Dancing Stars of St Johns County

Dancing Stars of St. Johns County is an annual fundraiser benefiting St. Augustine Community School of Performing Arts, Inc. (SACSPA). Proceeds from the event will assist the organization with programs that enrich the lives of families and children within our community.

The event includes a competition among the Dancing Stars of St. Johns County! Similar to the popular television show, “Dancing with the Stars”, local celebrities will pair up with professional dance instructors and perform in front of a panel of judges. Dancers will compete for two awards: People’s Choice, based on votes by the community, and Judge’s Choice, based on the dance performances the night of the event. The audience was also treated to dance performances by the Arthur Murray Dance Center. Those attending this event were very vocal about their preferences, which added a lot of fun to the dancing itself.

The Ballet of Peter Pan

The St. Augustine Ballet brought J.M. Barrie’s much-loved story of Peter Pan back to the stage at Lewis Auditorium with three performances over the weekend of May 14-15, 2016.

The Ballet of Peter Pan is a spectacle of pirates, fairies, mermaids, and lost boys, all dancing to a lively music score that ranges from Bach and Beethoven to Native American drums and Irish jigs.

Daet Rodriguez returned as Peter Pan, and local celebrity pirate Captain William Mayhen reprised his role as Captain Hook. Rodriguez trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba in Havana, and later danced with Cuba’s Ballet de Camaguey and the Teatro Centro de Arte-Leon Febres Cordero in Ecuador. Rodriguez is currently Artistic Director of Georgia Ballet. Captain Mayhem is an experienced Las Vegas entertainer and Pirate Magician in residence at the St. Augustine Pirate Museum.

The multigenerational cast included Harlow Hatin (13) as Wendy and Lily Clingan-Darack (17) as Tinkerbell. This popular St. Augustine event delights kids of all ages. The audience was encouraged to come in costume and to bring jars of Peter Pan Peanut Butter to donate to the St. Francis House Food Pantry.

A True Kaleidoscope of Dance

This event was a fun, eclectic sampling of the art of dance as practiced in the St. Augustine region.  This year’s theme is “Dancing with an International Flair”.

Performers ran the gamut from the highly professional tap dancers and professional ballroom dancers to skilled, talented students from public and private institutions engaged in the preparation of future professionals and to those equally skilled and talented who dance exclusively to nurture their bodies and souls.  This program was symbolic of how thoroughly dance is entrenched in our sense of community, our sense of self, and our artistic life in St. Augustine.

Dancers included members of Aerial Athletes, Matanzas Tap, Noise Complaint Live, St. Augustine High School Dance Classes, Blue Lotus Belly Dance, Abella’s School of Dance, the Florida School of the Arts Dance Ensemble, Dancing with Victoria, Sara Camacho and Felix Solis and his partner, Deidre.