Ballet San Jose’s Departing Dancers

7 May

Ballet San Jose is losing ten dancers out of a roster total of 40: two from the seven principals; two from the ten soloists; four from the eighteen corps members and one from the apprentice roster.

Among the dancers who will not be appearing at Ballet San Jose’s performances for the 2013-2014 season are:

Principal dancer Maximo Califano, who joined the company in 2001; 12 years

Soloist Peter Hersey, with the company since 2001; 12 years

Soloist Anton Pankevitch, with Ballet San Jose since 2009

Corps de Ballet departures include dancers with company six and seven years:

Shuai Chen, debuting in 2007

Harriet McMeekin, also a 2007 arrival

Keira Schwartz joining the company also in 2007

Mallory Welsh, a 2008 arrival

Apprentice Vimala Jeffrey-Howe will not be returning.

The lovely principal Maria Jacobs-Yu has decided not to renew her contract.  Jacobs-Yu joined the company in 1996 when it was still a two-city arrangement, and has logged in seventeen years of distinguished dancing and portrayals.  Her departure is a decided loss, for her small, fleet body and technique could hold its own in any ensemble; I, for one, hope she will be seen somewhere in the area again in the fall.

This number of dancers  may mean some promotions, but surely several auditions, and certainly adjustments in who partners whom, as well as in overall casting.


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