Bluebirds

 

11235143_10205079647608952_402202666_o (2)

One of the highlights of last weekend’s performance of Thumbelina by the Taos Youth Ballet at the TCA, was the grand pas de deux, with classical choreography from Sleeping Beauty and music by Tchaikovsky.

Beautifully executed by dancers Zac Bigbee and Mary Jensen, these exquisite photographs taken by Zoe Zimmerman capture the magic of the moment.

10339515_10205091025653396_7335617744935286828_o

We are so blessed here in Taos to have Amber Vasquez and her hard-working team of teachers elevating the ballet to levels unseen in most small communities. The dancers were all great – Camille Cooper as the Queen Bee was divine and these Bluebirds dancing together, were a thing of Beauty!

11227497_10205102985472384_80183993_o

Mary Jensen is fourteen and has been dancing with TYB for nine years. She recently competed at Youth America Grand Prix in Denver along with a few other’s from TYB.

11206780_10205092395327637_7189319016838727927_o

Despite having left her toe shoes in the rain, thus ruining them the night before closing night, she danced the final two shows in her younger sister Jaimie’s shoes – too small and very painful – with a smile on her face. Jaimie (clearly, dancing is in the genes), was one of the Thumbelinas along with my granddaughter, Natalya Quintanilla. They were both fabulous!

11262752_10205102981632288_94436564_o

Zach Bigbee is a guest teacher with TYB. He is from Taos and came to dance relatively late. He began taking ballet classes with Amber in his late teens.

11232339_10205102982872319_1292897145_o

Zach is currently pursuing a degree in Mathematics and Russian Language at the University of Arizona in Tucson. A natural, yet obviously extremely disciplined artist, his technique is flawless and  he is a joy to watch!

11233586_10205077038343722_6758358255182735392_o

Photographs taken onstage at the TCA and in her studio, by Zoe Zimmerman

zoezimmerman

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.