Local artist focus on diversity in ballet dancing

It’s no secret that Zydeco dance is what keeps Acadiana moving, but what many don’t know is that Lafayette is home to a special company that moves to a more classical form.

Ballet Acadian has been a well-kept secret for many years.
The non-profit company was formed in 2006 and has steadily grown over time.
Co-Artistic Director, Beverly Spell says she’s glad to be able to give back through her passion for dance.

“What we want to do is to really focus on collaboration and collaborate with local musicians and local artists, things like that and to tell the story of Louisiana people and the people of Acadian.”” Said Spell.

The company trains dancers in classical ballet and contemporary ballet.
Spell co-directs the group with the help of Dadier Aguilera.
Aguilera is a professional dancer from Cuba and moved to Louisiana one year ago.
He says he has developed a love for Zydeco.

“I am so in love with the Louisiana culture. When I hear the accordion it touches me deep and I cannot express my feeling and I feel home.”” Said Aguilera.

Ballet Acadian  also exposes dancers to special guest artists from all over the world.
Emily Faciane dances with the company.
She says being able to work with professional dancers has helped her grow in her craft.

“It’s a very good learning experience and it definitely pushes you to be better.”” Said Faciane.

The company is currently preparing for their performance of “Classics to Contemporary”.
Spell says she is excited to share their work with the community

“This performance was more to show hey we are here and the upcoming performance will be an original on Louisiana.””

The company will be performing November 7th and 8th at the Grand Opera House.
If you would like more information on Ballet Acadian or to purchase tickets you can visit balletacadiana.org


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