Tutus, tulle, tights & tiaras…a Night at the Ballet…

Friday evening found me in Johannesburg at the International Ballet Gala, presented by uber ballet entrepreneur  Dirk Badenhorst, at the splendid Teatro at Montecasino. The season, only 5 performances long (28-30 June), was a tribute to one of the greatest names in Classical Ballet, Alicia Alonso, & she herself was in the audience of 1,800. It was an unforgettable night as top dancers from SA & around the world ~ Cuba, China, the USA, Russia, Australia & more ~ paid homage to Madame Alonso, dancing spectacularly in pas de deux & solo variations that had me screaming Bravo every 5 seconds! The cast delivered outstandingly, executing bravura ballet at its best… split leaps, multiple pirouettes, barrel turns, jetes en tournant & more…I think my mouth was hanging open again, in very un-Diva fashion. Tutus, tulle, tights, tiaras…I was in my element ~ everything was, as they say, beautiful at the Ballet.

Here are a few photographs I took backstage before & after the performance…

My favourite image….

Alicia Alonso & the cast of the International Ballet Gala backstage afterwards.

The next top international dance company performing in Cape Town this year is Introdans from The Netherlands ~ they will perform Superstars in September 2013 at the Baxter Theatre with booking via Computicket or 08619158000 / www.baxter.co.za *

  Until next time,

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