Swayze's dancing career is esteemed as well. He has been with the
Houston Jazz Ballet Company, Harkness Ballet Theater School in New
York, Joffrey Ballet Company and Eliot Feld Ballet Company.
With only three days left in this first-ever dance fest, it's not
too late to take a specialized master class, see a performance by an
internationally or nationally known dance company or attend the gala
performance and reception Saturday night.
Swayze will introduce the CaDance Festival and its artistic
director Jodie Gates at the gala, which features performances by Tony
Award-nominated dancer Desmond Richardson, Meg Paul and Christopher
Body from the Broadway hit "Movin' Out," the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet,
Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Joaquin De Luz and Miranda Weese
of New York City Ballet.
I had the pleasure of seeing the spectacular Richardson and
Complexions perform at the CaDance Dance Day in May. Their
performances were absolutely breathtaking. It was a thrill to
interview Richardson at a private reception following the event. He
is quite affable.
I was able to interview Weese before the festival when she was in
New York. She has been the principal dancer of the New York City
Ballet for 14 years.
Weese learned about the festival through her former ballet
teacher, Shery Gilbert, who founded Laguna Dance Theatre. Weese was
her first student.
"I grew up in Santa Ana and would commute every day to study,"
"The dance festival is a good idea, opening up the possibility for
people to see other styles, techniques and companies that aren't as
well known," she added. "It's a great thing, one of the reasons I
wanted to be a part of it.
"It's a rare opportunity to see other styles and other companies,"
Weese said. "It's a myth that only the major companies are the best
Weese has been dancing since she was 7, and by the age of 12 she
knew she wanted to be with the New York City Ballet. She started as
an apprentice in 1990.
"It was definitely my dream," Weese said. "I grew up watching all
different styles and companies -- when I saw the New York City
Ballet, I knew."