Another Little Taste of ProDanza

Rehearsal Part II

Here are the other two students that performed for us on June 16th.  This is the first time that I have seen a male ballet dancer in pointe shoes.  A lot of passion in their performances!CUBA2016-2069CUBA2016-2065CUBA2016-2052CUBA2016-2049CUBA2016-2048CUBA2016-2017CUBA2016-2012CUBA2016-2011CUBA2016-2010

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Hanging out

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Enjoying the applause from our appreciative group

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Some illustrations of ballet attire needs at ProDanza

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Feel free to donate as little as you want! All will be appreciated! We can purchase a pair of ballet slippers for as little as $20! We have boots on the ground in Havana thanks to Cicely Sanchez of Altruvistas, who can facilitate the deliveries.


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A Taste of ProDanza…

A Taste of ProDanza…

A rehearsal for our group on June 16, 2016

The respected teacher!

We watched her teaching a class and then we were treated to a nice rehearsal starring 4 students.  This blog post will feature photos of two of the four.

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Featured dancers

Together they were magic

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Solo

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Such talent and energy in extreme heat! I left money there for them to buy two ceiling fans, which should be of some help!  More photos to follow in next blog post, building to one featuring our outdoor photo shoot on the 17th with the ballerinas in the tutus that Anne and Lynette Sullivan made and transported to Havana.

 

Feel free to donate as little as you want! All will be appreciated! We can purchase a pair of ballet slippers for as little as $20! We have boots on the ground in Havana thanks to Cicely Sanchez of Altruvistas, who can facilitate the deliveries.


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The Sweat Shop!

The Sweat Shop!

I just paid a quick visit to our busy sweat shop, where my two highly-paid (pre $15 minimum wage) workers, Anne and Lynette, were hard at work making ballet skirts for our photo shoot at ProDanza Ballet Academy in two weeks. They are sisters-in-law, good friends and they had me in stitches (really!) with their lively badinage. Obviously, they have known each other for many years and are very good at teasing each other in a gentle way. Two sizes are being made, both adjustable. The blue will be for the older girls, and the pink for the little ones.

We are also experimenting with long scarves for the kids to throw in the air during the photo session. The tulle seems a bit too light in weight. Lynette attached a small pair of scissors to the end of one, and then, for some reason it was too heavy, not to mention a little too dangerous. Back to the drawing board on that one! Suggestions for a material in the comments would be most appreciated!

The photo is of the ladies showing some of their handiwork! Lynette is on the left, and just arrived from New Zealand two days ago. Where is her jet lag? I saw no sign of it.  They are going to be fun traveling companions!

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Preparing to Travel to ProDanza

Preparing to Travel to ProDanza

Anne Sullivan, native New Zealander and American citizen for the last two years, has kindly agreed to make ballet skirts for us to take to Havana to use for a photo op with the ballet students there. Being the good sport that she is, I was able to coax her out to her backyard to do some posing for me so that you can see what we will be taking. The skirt that she models will be what we use for the older female students, and she is making pink skirts for the little girls. A lot of work is going into this, but it will be worth it when we get to see the girls posing with the antique American cars that are all over Havana!

Anne and Chickpea
Sitting on the steps

Chickpea, my little rescue Havanese from Kuwait, enjoyed watching the antics, and posed with Anne on her steps. He enjoyed having a tulle scarf around his neck (see the smile).

Anne at the Barre
Subaru Forester make a great barre

Anne demonstrates how a car makes a great barre!  In Havana we will be using a pink 59 Chevy Convertible or something similar!

 

Pink Convertible
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Wouldn’t this car look terrific surrounded with ballet students?

 
 

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