For years, audiences have been watching me on stage, as I bring to life characters from beautiful ballets, making them forget about their realities, transporting them to different worlds, making my steps look effortless and alive, but, sometimes, I wonder if they really know the meaning of what I do? http://blog.balletaz.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2-NMagnicaballi-in-Mosaik.jpg 519 1100 Dana Manners /wp-content/uploads/2016/08/logo-balletaz-white.png Dana Manners2017-03-09 20:20:232017-03-23 20:25:39Dancer's Story: Natalia Magnicaballi
I really enjoy the process of creating a piece. Coming up with ideas. It’s a lot of fun for me. I really enjoyed doing the Brazillian piece, “Nine O’Clock”, for “Innovations”. It really reminded me of home. I even included a song that my dad and I used to listen to in the car. http://blog.balletaz.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/130505_baz_3672.jpg 927 1100 Dana Manners /wp-content/uploads/2016/08/logo-balletaz-white.png Dana Manners2017-03-02 23:54:202017-03-30 17:11:26Behind the Scenes with Nayon Iovino: "Today's Masters"
I’m very proud of this version. I love that each time, I’m able to see my choreography better and better because our dancers keep getting better. This ballet is a very human story, not a fairy tale, so I try to make the dancers look like beings instead of dancers. It’s very real. http://blog.balletaz.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/130213_baz_0116.jpg 565 1100 Dana Manners /wp-content/uploads/2016/08/logo-balletaz-white.png Dana Manners2017-01-25 23:34:122017-03-23 20:53:41Behind the Scenes with Ib Andersen: "Romeo & Juliet"
It wasn't until I moved to the states did I fully understand the meaning of a “traditional Christmas”. Finally everything started to make sense. Those wintry Christmas movies and all those Christmas songs. http://blog.balletaz.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/BA_Bayadere_16-135-by_iziliaev.jpg 550 1100 Dana Manners /wp-content/uploads/2016/08/logo-balletaz-white.png Dana Manners2017-01-13 23:37:122017-02-09 21:53:43Dancer's Story: Amber Lewis
Whether she is managing company dancers, planning rehearsals or creating magic alongside Ib Andersen, Maria Simonetti serves at the heart of everything Ballet Arizona is and everything we strive to be. http://blog.balletaz.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/120504_baz_1655-1.jpg 550 1100 Dana Manners /wp-content/uploads/2016/08/logo-balletaz-white.png Dana Manners2017-01-12 19:19:102017-02-02 16:50:16Celebrating Maria Simonetti
Thanks to a little bundle of joy rapidly growing inside of me (in other words, I'm pregnant!) I'll be taking a break from dancing this season. Being pregnant definitely has its perks. http://blog.balletaz.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/V2Sugar-Plum.jpg 511 1100 Dana Manners /wp-content/uploads/2016/08/logo-balletaz-white.png Dana Manners2016-12-28 22:02:512017-01-19 17:29:54Dancer's Story: Michelle Vagi
Read about a few favorite holiday traditions and memories shared by Ballet Arizona's Company Dancers and Staff. http://blog.balletaz.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/091223_baz_1819.jpg 550 1100 Dana Manners /wp-content/uploads/2016/08/logo-balletaz-white.png Dana Manners2016-12-22 20:34:062017-01-17 17:52:51Ballet Arizona Holiday Traditions
Join us as we welcome Ballet Arizona's newest Company dancers, Alberto Penalver, Erick Garnica and Ricardo Santos to our family. We look forward to what each of these amazing artists will bring to our productions during the 2016-2017 season. http://blog.balletaz.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/BA_Bayadere_16-218-by_iziliaev-2.jpg 550 1100 Dana Manners /wp-content/uploads/2016/08/logo-balletaz-white.png Dana Manners2016-12-16 17:46:522017-01-17 17:54:27Meet Our Newest Company Members
As we open the 2017 Season, we are honored to welcome former Studio Company members from The School of Ballet Arizona Ava Cobb, Katherine Loxtercamp, Ethan Price and Ana Maria Spear to our Company family! http://blog.balletaz.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Quartet-Main.jpg 549 1099 Dana Manners /wp-content/uploads/2016/08/logo-balletaz-white.png Dana Manners2016-11-08 22:31:012017-01-17 17:56:28Welcome Studio Company Graduates