“I was at the performance to see ballet students from Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA), a nationally recognized public arts high school, perform Balanchine’s well-loved Serenade. Serenade was first performed by students of the School of American Ballet in 1934, so selecting students to perform this dance “lesson” makes some sense. The BSA students were guided by Deborah Wingert’s staging and coaching by Heather Watts, both former New York City Ballet dancers familiar with Balanchine and his works. I can’t imagine a better opportunity for high school dance students than being able to learn from these Balanchine experts, and then to perform Serenade with a renowned orchestra.”
You can read the full review of BSA’s performance with the BSO in Critical Dance here.