I have the distinct honor or being a member of the board of directors of the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School (SCBS) which focuses on training pre-professional students in the Cuban style of ballet for a career dancing at some of the finest ballet companies in the world. Dancers have left the SCBS and gone on to become members of such prestigious ballet companies as the Royal Ballet of London, the Houston Ballet, the Boston Ballet and the list goes on. I am so very proud of the SCBS with its professionalism, talent and diversity. Students come to study here from throughout Florida, across the United States as well as internationally including Japan, France, Indonesia, Puerto Rico, Cuban and more.
I don’t think there are too many people – those young at heart and those who are young – who do not get visions of the Nutcracker this time of year. I was delighted to take a young friend of mine to the performance and even more delighted to see how enthralled she was with the performance. Thank you, Allan, for capturing Sabrina’s glee at being photographed with the dancers following the program.