I wish to express my great satisfaction with the recent spring recital of the School of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. What a joy to watch the students perform at a new level of teamwork, technical proficiency and professional-level choreography.
The recitals are always high-quality productions, but this year’s was something special, as those who were there know, something we will remember and savor for many years. I acknowledge deep gratitude for the excellent instruction our daughter receives at the school and all the teachers who have given her gifts of their experience and talent, but also gifts of the spirit from their dedication and love, which shone forth at the final performance.
Under the leadership of Jean-Philippe Malaty and Tom Mossbrucker, along with school directors Melanie Doskocil and Francisco Nevarez (Paco), and with great instruction also from the teaching team, Charlotte Bowlby, Adriana Thompson, Kari Sea and Eric Chase, I was thrilled to see the ASFB students express on stage the confidence their teachers have in them and the high standards expected from them. Those who will continue in dance are gaining a solid technical foundation, while those whose paths lead in other directions will always hold within them the experience of creating beauty and expressing their humanity through dance.
A hearty appreciation for all supporters and board members of ASFB for creating for our children the lucky opportunity to have a school associated with a working, creative dance company manifesting astounding artistic vision in our hometown. And a final thank-you to Mountain Flowers, which each year supports our scholarship fund with their beautiful flowers for sale.
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