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.
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.
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.