Natasha Salazar, from the Red Cross was ask to guest blog for me. So she tried to find a connection between my story ballet and what the red Cross does. Please enjoy her writings below.
Gaspar Ballet – When José Gaspar’s shipmates are deep in battle with the villainous militia, Gaspar realizes that he is facing a disaster of epic proportions. Gaspar’s shipmates are about to be captured and all hope seems lost. But just as the chance of a rescue seems impossible, Captain José Gaspar swings gallantly across the stage on a pirate’s rope to battle the militia and rescue his shipmates.
Emulating José Gaspar, Red Cross volunteers fly onto a disaster scene when they are needed most. When flames fracture a family’s home or a tornado tears through a town, volunteers arrive on scene to execute their beautifully rehearsed choreography:
Red Cross volunteers train and rehearse extensively for their first day on center stage. They must be able to execute their choreography flawlessly on a different stage each night – and their training takes a lot of funding to support. The gifts left by Red Cross volunteers are only possible thanks to the donations of the American public. One of the most beautiful parts of Gaspar Ballet is its generosity in providing the hope, the comfort, and a future for disaster victims who lose their homes every day in the Tampa Bay Area.
We have been so fortunate to have such wonderful friends as Richard and Sharon Sanchez, together with their exceptionally talented Gaspar Productions team. It is exceedingly rare to find such a caring group of volunteers who have come together to unite art, elegance, history, hope, and charity in one flawlessly executed production.
Like our Red Cross volunteers, this incredible team performs their role with a poise, grace, flexibility, and professionalism matching the world’s most exquisite ballet dancers…though most of the volunteers leave their pirate gear and tutus at home.
It is an honor to work with this team, and we encourage you to support their plight of making Gaspar Ballet an integral part of Tampa Bay history.
— by Natasha Salazar, for BalletFleming
Natasha from the Red Cross