Arts » Arts Stories & Interviews

Children's Ballet of San Antonio to Promote Inclusivity for 2019 Production of The Nutcracker

by

comment
COURTESY OF THE CHILDREN'S BALLET OF SAN ANTONIO
  • Courtesy of the Children's Ballet of San Antonio
For its 2019 production of Tchaikovsky's iconic Christmastime ballet, the Children's Ballet of San Antonio (CBSA) is looking to cast a wide variety of young performers. The company puts on professional-level productions starring dancers, actors and gymnasts from ages 3 to 19, with the opportunity for performers as young as 7 or 8 to be cast in lead roles.

In addition to age-inclusive casting, the company is inclusive of differently abled individuals as well. According to a press release, CBSA is "the only fully inclusive company in San Antonio that highlights students with physical and mental disabilities and gives them a place where they too can shine."

This year, the company is also looking for dancers in wheelchairs to round out the Nutcracker cast.

CBSA's inclusivity also extends to different types of artistic expression. Past productions have featured musicians, actors, gymnasts and fencers in the cast.

“We use whatever talent we have,” says CBSA artistic director and founder Vanessa Bessler. “Our performances are non-traditional so we will incorporate a variety of art forms.”

$25, 1:30-6 p.m. Saturday, August 24, Dance Center of San Antonio, 126 W. Rector Ste. 120, (210) 462-7660, childrensballetofsanantonio.org

Get our top picks for the best events in San Antonio every Thursday morning. Sign up for our Events Newsletter.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the San Antonio Current Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the San Antonio Press Club for as little as $5 a month.