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Ballerina Vanessa Woods came up with the idea for Vitality Ballet when she was looking for a side hustle that involved making a meaningful impact through movement. 

The founding principle of the organization is that no one is too old to learn to dance.

“I actually got the idea from my mom,” Woods said. “She’s an occupational therapist, and she works with older populations ... and I loved that idea. It immediately captured my imagination.”

For Woods, the major question was, “How could I create a dance program that would allow seniors to experience ballet?”

Principal dancer Makensieie Howe in Saint Louis Ballet's "In It For Love."
Saint Louis Ballet

This Valentine’s Day, Saint Louis Ballet is “In it for the Love” with contemporary flair and a world premiere of a piece set to Beatles music.

St. Louis area native and principal dancer Makensie Howe joined “St. Louis on the Air” contributor Steve Potter to discuss the world premiere and the company. 

Choreographer and former New York City principal dancer Christopher d’Amboise is the mastermind behind the Beatles-themed piece entitled “Bedtime Stories,” which also features fun sleep-themed costumes.

The Saint Louis Ballet's 'Nutcracker' features the professional company and students from the St. Louis Ballet School.
Saint Louis Ballet

“The Nutcracker” has become a holiday tradition, and is performed by countless ballet companies around the world.

“‘Nutracker,’ for ballet companies, is kind of our Super Bowl,” said Saint Louis Ballet dancer Stephen Lawrence, who plays the Cavalier in the company’s production of “The Nutcracker.”

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Christopher d'Amboise has been to St. Louis a few times now to collaborate with the St. Louis Ballet, each time working with the dancers here on pieces he's already composed.

"In the process of that, I got to really know the dancers," he says, learning how quirky and interesting each one was.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 10, 2013 - Christopher d'Amboise has been to St. Louis a few times now to collaborate with the St. Louis Ballet, each time working with the dancers here on pieces he's already composed. "In the process of that, I got to really know the dancers," he says, learning how quirky and interesting each one was.

Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company

Dance St. Louis' season opener features four world premieres performed by four St. Louis professional dance companies.  The Saint Louis Ballet, Leverage Dance Theater, MADCO, and Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company are teaming up to open the 2012-2013 season with “New Dance Horizons.”