October 20, 2015
It is Nutcracker season. The dancers have been in the studio, perfecting their characters and practicing each role. Each year, there is a buzz of excitement for this performance. A special combination of nostalgia for performances past, and excitement for performances to come, fills Salt Creek Ballet and the theaters we will call home one weekend at a time. Join us. Opening performances are Thanksgiving Weekend.
Photo by Sarah Mills Photography
March 11, 2013
Words & Photos by Bari Baskin of Time Stops Photography, SCB Alumni and Board Member
A wonderful performance of Alice in Wonderland is almost upon us. However, before it hits the stage with an audience out front, there is so much more that happens behind the scenes. I was recently asked to come in and photograph Alice in Wonderland being set on the company. A rush of flashbacks came flooding through my mind, reminding me of the days I had been a dancer with Salt Creek. Getting to be a part of this kind of experience, whether it was brand new piece or one being reset was always so much fun. It was exciting to find out what role you would play. Working with the choreographers as well the other dancers in the company was what we lived for. This rehearsal was especially fun for me as Susan O’Connell was one of my favorite choreographers from my days at SCB. It almost made me wish I was back on stage, dancing with the company, were I not 20 years older now wondering where my flexibility and stamina has gone! I’ve always loved being backstage, seeing what happens as performances are put together, even when I was one of the dancers myself.
So much happens before full costumes are adorned, sets are added and an audience is invited in. Generally, large props may be used from the beginning, as it is always much easier to learn with them than to add them after the fact. Sometimes, practice costumes will be worn for the same reason.
There is lots of repetition until everyone gets is just right, with correct lines, proper timing, appropriate acting and working together to make sure everyone can get to where they need to be.
I can’t wait to see this performance and enter the world of Alice in Wonderland created by the beauty of dance. We hope to see you there too!
February 22, 2013
Words by Christina Salerno, SCB Executive Director and Alumna & Heidi Peters
Photo by Heidi Peters
Without a partner to work with, one dancer takes a moment in Pas de Deux Class to work on her own placement.
In classes and rehearsals, there are often times when dancers just have to wait around. Sometimes a choreographer needs to finish a section with other dancers, sometimes a female dancer has to wait her turn with a male partner. For as much movement as there is in dance, there are also many, many hours of waiting. Here, an SCB company member keeps herself busy by continually going to the piano and concentrating on her balance – she is practicing one or two very subtle moves over and over again, training her muscles to improve. At one point, the instructor noticed this work and commented that all the dancers should feel free to do this — to go off into their own world for a minute or two between turns with the partner.
What I like about this picture is the fact that the other dancers are blurry and relaxed in the background and the dancer at the piano is so focussed on her posture in the foreground. It is a moment which foretells future moments for all involved.
January 31, 2013
Photo by Heidi Peters
Words by Heidi Peters & Christina Salerno, SCB Executive Director and Alumna
It is not uncommon for younger students to watch quietly at the edge of the studio doorway where the Company practices. The younger students always seem to crouch or sit, or in this case lay, so that they do not catch the attention of anyone in the room.
The Company dancers never seem to mind the younger observers — probably they remember when they stood at the edge of the studio doorway themselves.
As a photographer, I like the reflection on the floor of both the dancers preparing to start and the girl laying down watching. The reflection seems to capture the moment when both observer and observed are in harmony, when one is looking toward the future and one is remembering the past.