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Ballet San Antonio's High Profile Hire

Ballet San Antonio has hired a high-visibility retiring dancer with the objective of continuing to elevate the ballet.

“We are so thrilled to bring on a new artistic staff member: Amy Fote," said Ballet San Antonio Artistic Director Gabriel Zertuche. "She’s coming to us as a retired principal dancer from Houston Ballet.”

I asked Zertuche about her job responsibilities.

“As ballet mistress she does take care of the dancers. She coaches and trains them on a daily basis, and goes over every nuance -- the details of everything that we do," he said. "So she’s responsible for making sure she maintains the style and level of the company.”

Will Ballet San Antonio be attracting other dancers, bigger productions?

“Having someone like her working so closely with us and on our team will absolutely attract even more national and international dancers,” Zertuche said. "We still have room to grow and so having someone like her on our team is just tremendous.”

The first time South Texans will get to see her effect on the ballet is the start of their fall season.

“We are opening our season with 'Dracula' in the new Tobin Center, in the new hall," Zertuche said. "She’ll be working closely with the core and principal dancers to elevate the quality of the production.”

The dates for that production are October 16-19.

Jack Morgan can be reached at jack@tpr.org and on Twitter at @JackMorganii