DCSA Dancers Invited to Vaganova Prix

DCSA is very excited to announce that two of our students, Mackenzie Kirsch and Lucy Hassmann, traveled to St. Petersburg earlier this month to compete along side top dancers in the prestigious Vaganova-PRIX Competition. Vaganova-PRIX is an international competition for students of ballet and is organized by the Vaganova Ballet Academy in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Lucy and Mackenzie are the first dancers from San Antonio to participate in this competition, and were among only 4 Americans who were selected with 17 other dancers to compete in their age group!

This is quite an accomplishment for these two wonderful ladies, but also for DCSA and the city of San Antonio. We were so pleased to hear that our students were recognized by the Artistic Director Joanna Ayupova who expressed to Mrs. Bessler that "she was positively impressed" with the level of our dancers due to their strong Russian technique, foundation, and training. In addition, Mrs. Bessler, participated in professional development training  with renowned teachers, including Irina Kolpakova, the only remaining student of Agrippina Vaganova herself.  We are so excited for them to share what they have learned with us!

Lauren Ader