Piedmont Arts brought Dance Español to students at Campbell Court Elementary on Oct. 15. Pedro Szalay, the ballet’s dynamic artistic director, led the in-person workshop that wove together Spanish language, basic movement, music appreciation, pattern memorization and awareness of mind, body and space. Students learned how to use body language to identify and interact positively with others and demonstrate feelings through movements.
Southwest Virginia Ballet has been contributing to its community for 29 years, serving over 15,000 children and adults annually. The company provides pre-professional training and quality performances of varied repertoire including classical ballet, contemporary and modern works. In 2006, Szalay joined Southwest Virginia Ballet, becoming artistic director in 2007. Under his leadership, company membership has doubled in size and has gained regional, national and international acclaim.