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Southwest Virginia Ballet Director Widens Reach of the Arts to All Roanoke City 4th Graders

Southwest Virginia Ballet Director Widens Reach of the Arts to All Roanoke City 4th Graders 150 150 Southwest Virginia Ballet

For most fourth graders in Roanoke City — and other nearby systems — school is on a screen this quarter. But Pedro Szalay is bringing that screen to life.   Once a week, the dynamic artistic director of Southwest Virginia Ballet leads a virtual lesson that weaves together Spanish language, basic movement, music appreciation, pattern memorization and awareness of mind, body, and space in a fast-paced 30 minutes. Dance Espanol has been part of the Roanoke…

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Southwest Virginia Ballet Dances (and more) Despite Pandemic

Southwest Virginia Ballet Dances (and more) Despite Pandemic 700 327 Southwest Virginia Ballet

What does a performing arts organization do when it can no longer perform? A lot, actually – if it’s Southwest Virginia Ballet. Since March, artistic director Pedro Szalay has offered hundreds of Zoom classes to the ballet’s company members. He’s opened up lnstagram Master Classes to any interested dancer, worldwide. He’s reached out to ballet contacts from across the globe, inviting top-ranked teachers from Spain, France, Venezuela, Uruguay, Miami, Wisconsin and New York City to…

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