Ballet Taos performs our vibrant rendition of the holiday ballet classic, “The Nutcracker”. “A New Mexico Nutcracker” takes place in the thriving art colony of Taos, New Mexico around the turn of the twentieth century. Mabel Dodge Lujan, Maria, the daughter of a Chili Pepper Farmer, and historical Taos characters gather to celebrate the spirit of Christmas. After a lively evening of gifts and dance, Maria’s dream begins. Taos Mesa comes to life with a surreal battle between natures desert creatures. Lead by the Hawk Kachina and Coyote King, the creatures are given a choice of red chili, green chili or Christmas. Peace is restored as snow begins to fall on Taos Mountain. With her Hawk Kachina by her side, Maria emerges as the lovely Butterfly Kachina and travels across the beautiful Northern New Mexico landscape. Snowflakes, Flamenco dancers, a hoop dancer from Taos Pueblo, and Georgia O’Keeffe flowers are just a few breathtaking scenes Maria experiences along the way. In this powerful coming of age tale, images of Landscape paintings from the original Taos Society of Artists and living Taos artists work, fill each backdrop. Take a leap back in time and celebrate the art, diverse culture and history that makes our community truly unique.
Start your summer of dance with this incredible opportunity to work with leading dance professionals in a focused, nurturing environment located in beautiful Taos, New Mexico.
Summer Session I at Ballet Taos is designed to give students a deeper understanding of classical ballet technique, refine their artistry, and strengthen their physique. World class guest faculty Jock Soto and Jefferson Baum will share their expertise in a small class setting which allows for individual critique and attention necessary to take your training to the next level. The core curriculum includes, technique, pointe, partnering, and repertoire.
In addition to technique classes, this four week training course is augmented by strength and conditioning classes, yoga for ballet dancers, jazz dance, character class and modern dance focusing on Limón, Graham and Horton techniques.
Help ensure the future of dance in Taos New Mexico! Join us for an exciting evening honoring dance and the arts.
The night's events will include:
- 5-course dinner & wine pairing with Chef Joseph Wrede of Joseph's of Santa Fe.
- Live music with Jamin Reyes & Serena Smith.
- Classical and Contemporary dance performances with Ballet Taos Dancers.
Seating is limited, to purchase tickets, click here, call 575.779.9128, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jock Soto, former Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet and Master Teacher at the School of American Ballet, will be teaching two Master Classes at Ballet Taos on February 24, 2018. Classical ballet technique, 2:30 - 2:00 P.M., levels III/IV (Dancers ages 10 and up dancing at an intermediate level) and classical ballet technique and partnering, 2:15 - 4:00 P.M., levels V/VI (Dancers ages 14 and up dancing at the intermediate – professional levels).
This class is being offered to ALL dancers at these levels in our region. Space is limited. Please confirm your attendance ASAP.
“A New Mexico Nutcracker” is a restaging of the original ballet “The Nutcracker” which integrates the diverse cultures, history, and beauty of Northern New Mexico. Set in 20th century Taos, historical figures, such as Mabel Dodge Lujan, grace the stage to tell the story of a young girl’s coming of age. Professional ballet dancers, Flamenco dancers, Mariachi musicians, Hoop dancers from Taos Pueblo, gymnasts, aerialists and accomplished actors will be performing alongside young dancers and artists from our community to create a ballet that is uniquely Taos. This annual production, preformed every December, will bring together an audience of all ages to enjoy and to educate our community about the art of dance and to explore the history and cultural roots of Taos. Please come and share your talents with us.
Jock Soto, former Principal Dancer of New York City Ballet and Teacher at School of American Ballet will be giving a Master Class at Ballet Taos on October 21 from 12:00-2:00 $40.00 Ballet Levels IV/V/VI (Dancers 12 and up dancing at an intermediate-advanced level). This class is being offered to all dancers at this level in our region. Space is limited. Please confirm your attendance ASAP with Megan Yackovich Director of Ballet Taos, 575.779.9128 or email@example.com
This original ballet is POETRY in motion. The Dancers' Movement IS the catalyst for positive change. Integrating aerial and contemporary dance genres with multi-media elements, the innovative choreography reveals the HUMAN condition. Set to a flawless re-composition of Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons ", This provocative production explores global issues we all face today. The professional artist of Ballet Taos invite you to be moved. Join the mission to honor the relevance of DANCE in modern society. MOVEMENT is essential. ART is important. Be apart of the MOVEMENT! Tickets: $25 for adults and $15 for Children
We will be holding open auditions for dancers of all ages from Taos and the surrounding regions. Dancers with no formal dance experience are strongly encouraged to attend the audition as casting in our production includes enrollment in a training program designed to better prepare chosen individuals for the stage.
Principals, Soloists, Demi-soloists, and Corps de Ballet. (Advanced dancers who are not on pointe are encouraged to attend this audition. Pointe experience is not mandatory.) Dancers please arrive 30 minutes early to register and prepare.