First Weekend of Rehearsal / Gaspar August

First Weekend of Rehearsal / Gaspar August

So, we got started this weekend with Master Classes and Rehearsal. Our first of three locations for the next 10 days is Gibbs Performing Arts High School. Gibbs is located in St. Petersburg and part of what is considered the Tampa Bay Area. The dance department of this school has produced many wonderful students who have gone on to professional careers.

I had about 25 local dancers join us for class each day as well as the 6 professional dancers that I brought to Florida with me. I made sure the classes were fun and informative for the students. It was also interesting for the students to watch and share the studio with the talented bunch of Pro’s who are the principle dancers for Gaspar. You can tell a student something a hundred times. If they see it done right they get it right away.

That aside, I was able to find some very talented dancers who will now be part of the cast for January. In particular, two wonderful young male dancers, Jackson Kettell and Kenneth Shelby. Both need work on their techniques of course. But have a lot of raw talent and energy. And as importantly in these 3 days of rehearsal have shown an eagerness to learn as well as a good sense of humor. For those not familiar with long days of rehearsal a good sense of humor can go a long way. There were also talented female dancers, character dancers and an unusual 11 years old who will be the “Cabin Boy” for the pirate crew, but more about that later.

Also, more to come about our Yacht Trip, Baseball Game, Television appearances and general chaos. In addition one of my dancers would like to be a guest writer to this blog, so I look forward to hearing from her soon. Nuff said!

My best
The Traveling Ballet Master

So, we got started this weekend with Master Classes and Rehearsal. Our first of three locations for the next 10 days is Gibbs Performing Arts High School. Gibbs is located in St. Petersburg and part of what is considered the Tampa Bay Area. The dance department of this school has produced many wonderful students who have gone on to professional careers.

I had about 25 local dancers join us for class each day as well as the 6 professional dancers that I brought to Florida with me. I made sure the classes were fun and informative for the students. It was also interesting for the students to watch and share the studio with the talented bunch of Pro’s who are the principle dancers for Gaspar. You can tell a student something a hundred times. If they see it done right they get it right away.

That aside, I was able to find some very talented dancers who will now be part of the cast for January. In particular, two wonderful young male dancers, Jackson Kettell and Kenneth Shelby. Both need work on their techniques of course. But have a lot of raw talent and energy. And as importantly in these 3 days of rehearsal have shown an eagerness to learn as well as a good sense of humor. For those not familiar with long days of rehearsal a good sense of humor can go a long way. There were also talented female dancers, character dancers and an unusual 11 years old who will be the “Cabin Boy” for the pirate crew, but more about that later.

Also, more to come about our Yacht Trip, Baseball Game, Television appearances and general chaos. In addition one of my dancers would like to be a guest writer to this blog, so I look forward to hearing from her soon. Nuff said!

My best
The Traveling Ballet Master

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One Response to First Weekend of Rehearsal / Gaspar August

  1. Very interesting and useful information, thanks!

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