Vanessa’s Summer!


Right after last season, Davit and I guested at a school in Santa Ana, where we performed Balanchine’s “Rubies” and a modern work by former SF Ballet Dancer Nicolas Blanc. After the season I was tired, but performing these two ballets was great—they were light and easy and the school was very welcoming.

Relaxing and wine tasting with Davit in Napa

We’ve also had time to enjoying hanging out in the city and going up to Napa and Marin where it’s much warmer than the city. Basically, in the summer we like to do all the things that we don’t have time to do during the season, like take walks and go see movies (Davit likes action movies and I like comedies).

I also taught eleven classes at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB), where I trained, for their intensive summer program during the last week of June. I wasn’t sure I’d like teaching but I realize that I do and that I’m very passionate about it. Down the road, when it comes time to figure out a transition, I’ll have had that experience under my belt which I’m very thankful for. Still it was challenging sometimes, to go slower so that the students could learn with me—going back to the basics takes patience. But for the young students especially, it was very gratifying to pass along my own personal stories and anecdotes to share about going on auditions and being in a professional company like SF Ballet. If I can pass anything on and it’s helpful, then it’s worth it.

In addition to going back to my training roots, I stayed at my mom’s house and commuted each day, so I got to spend a lot of time with family, which was great. I’ll be teaching in the SF Ballet School this summer and Saturday is my first class—I’m excited!


Me with CPYB's Marcia Dale Weary in front of a photo of us from my student days

My advanced class at CPYB (Level 3)

With my former teachers: Barbara Sandonato and Pat Sorrell

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  1. avatar Diane (Keifer) Craig
    Posted July 14, 2013 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Vanessa! What a joy to see updated photos of you, especially the one of you and Marcia! I love watching you dance and have a recording of SFB’s Nutcracker.
    I wish you all the best and give you my family’s love,

    Joyce’s daughter,

  2. avatar Linda Brandt
    Posted July 14, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Went to nursing school with your Mom. It’s amazing to see the little girl I met one time blossom into this accomplished ballerina! Thanks for sharing.

  3. avatar anne chaitin
    Posted July 14, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Your class is so lucky to learn from you.

  4. avatar David Van Ligon
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    Yay Vanessa!! You taught Ayla !!! that’s my girl!

  5. avatar William Carroll
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    Vanessa, I left the Bay Area at the end of 2008, and sometime before that I saw you in the corps de ballet; I knew then that you had a great career before you—you stood out sooo much!! Much luck (and energy for your hard work) in the future.
    Will Carroll, in Tucson, AZ

  6. avatar Paul Parish
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    It’s really touching to see the picture of you and Marcia standing in the same poses under the old photo. [No, I’ve never met her but everybody calls her that. WHAT a powerhouse!] Glad to hear you like teaching.

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