Hello Again

*Note, this was posted (or rather MEANT to be posted) in late December, 2009. Sorry we goofed somehow!

Dear Friends;

Sorry to have neglected you but life has a way of sometimes diverting your best intentions.

Having thoroughly been transported into a world of dreams with the Joffrey Ballet’s version of  “The Nutcracker” and having enjoyed a variety of casts that showcased their versatility and abundance of talent, we prepared to end the calendar year and enjoy a few days of respite.

I ventured South and visited some friends in Oaxaca, Mexico where I began to feel the excitement of the upcoming performances of Ballet Folklorico of Mexico that will be gracing the stage of the Fabulous FOX Theater January 29 and 30th, 2010. Can’t wait to be swept away by the music, color and pageantry of this national treasure.

Yet, as we continue with our 2010 season and await the artistry of River North Chicago Dance, Aszure Barton and Artists, the stars of the Moscow Festival Ballet and the third annual Spring to Dance Festival, our days are filled with budget issues as we prepare to put forth our 2011-12 season which promises to be as exciting as any.

Throughout February I will be adjudicating the Southwest Regional Festival and in 21 days will see 24 regional companies as I fly and drive throughout Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas in preparation for their Festival to be held in San Antonio April 8 to 10, 2010. I think it will prove to be an exciting event featuring young performers, new choreography and making new friends. As soon as I have filed all my reports for them I shall let you know about what I saw and bring you up to date on the wealth our art form has to offer.

So, if you are in our neighborhood log unto our web www.dancestlouis.org and www.springtodance.com and make plans to join us for incredible dancing, emotional performances and superb choreography.

See you in St. Louis if you can.

Love and peace,

Michael Uthoff

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