THE SCHOOL OF ASPEN SANTA FE BALLET
Under the direction of Gisela Genschow, The School of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is committed to providing the finest classical
ballet training to the children and young adults of Santa Fe. As the official school of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, a non-profit
cultural organization, we are proud to be affiliated with a nationally recognized and critically acclaimed professional dance
company. Students are taught in a supportive environment that fosters confidence and individual accomplishment, as well as
technique and artistry. Students and alumni have trained and danced with New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre,
Boston Ballet, Washington Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, The Julliard School, San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet,
North Carolina School of the Arts, and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.
ASPEN SANTA FE BALLET FOLKLÓRICO
From early in its beginnings, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet has been committed to facilitating educational programs that enrich the
lives of children and inspire a new generation of creative thinkers and artists. Healthy, safe, and free after-school programs
offer educational opportunities for children of all ages, many of whom may not otherwise have a chance to experience
movement education and dance performance.
Operating throughout the school year, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Folklórico’s free after-school program is available to children at
Ramirez Thomas Elementary, Cesar Chavez Elementary, Piñon Elementary, Ortiz Middle School and Sweeney Elementary
The program offers inspiration, education, and recreation. The classes target children from grades K-12, and teach the culture,
arts and crafts, and music of Mexico, along with its traditional dances. Classes are taught in both English and Spanish.
Program director Francisco Nevarez sees the award-winning activity as a lifeline to a generation of children. Aspen Santa Fe
Ballet Folklórico exposes youngsters to the richness of Mexican heritage and culture, presenting a balance of instruction and
fun. The youth engage in performance opportunities in both communities as well as other cities in the Southwest (Denver, Las
Vegas, Albuquerque, Grand Junction).
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Folklórico provides dynamic experiences for children, the effects reaching outside the walls of the
classroom as they go out into their communities and beyond to share their confidence and skills, teamwork and leadership.