Amy Fote, Guest Rehearsal Ballet Master
Amy Fote began dancing at the age of four in her hometown of Manitowoc, WI under the direction of Jean Wolfmeyer. She continued her studies on scholarship at the National Academy of Arts, Interlochen Arts Academy and at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, FL , where she graduated with honors. Immediately following her senior year, Ms. Fote accepted a position in the Milwaukee Ballet trainee program and entered into the company the following season. She rose through the ranks to become a principal dancer and performed with the company for 14 years. During her tenure in Milwaukee, she was regularly invited to perform at the famed Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY where she was coached and encouraged by NYCB luminaries, Jean Pierre Bonnefoux, Patricia McBride and Violette Verdy. In 2004, she was invited to dance the title role in Stanton Welch's 'Madame Butterfly' for the Royal New Zealand Ballet's two month tour.
The following season she accepted Mr. Welch's invitation and joined Houston Ballet where she held a principal position and danced for eight seasons.
Ms. Fote retired in 2013 after a twenty-two year career in dance and was graciously honored in Houston Ballet's Jubilee of Dance gala celebration. She was again invited to dance Hana in ’The Merry Widow’ with Houston Ballet the following season before accepting a Ballet Master position with Ballet San Antonio from 2014-2016.
In 2003, she was featured in a PBS documentary entitled 'Dancing Anna Karenina', focusing on her portrayal of one of the great heroines of Russian literature. She was also featured on PBS, performing Alonzo King's 'Map', in a moving 9/11 performance.
Ms. Fote's classical repertoire includes principal roles in 'Swan Lake', 'Romeo and Juliet', 'Sleeping Beauty', 'Giselle', 'Don Quixote', 'Taming of the Shrew', 'Onegin', 'Manon, 'The Merry Widow', 'Cinderella', 'Carmen', 'Scheherazade', 'La Fille Mal Gardé', 'The Nutcracker' and 'Coppelia'. She has also performed works by Juri Kylian, William Forseythe, George Balanchine, August Bournonville, Choo San Gogh, Jerome Robbins, Christopher Wheeldon, Sir Antohony Tudor, Sir Kenneth MacMillian, Twyla Tharp, Glen Tetley, Mark Morris, Christopher Bruce and Hans van Mannen, among others.
Buddy Trevino, Ballet Master and Stage Manager
A native of San Antonio, Abelardo “Buddy” Treviño began his formal dance training at age 11 with the Mexican-American Cultural Exchange Institute of San Antonio. Through the Institute he received a full scholarship to study at the Academia National de Danza in Mexico City. Upon completion of the academic curriculum, Mr. Treviño was accepted into the Ballet Nacional de Mexico where he performed extensively for five years throughout the Republic of Mexico, Central and South America. Returning to the states in 1975, Mr. Treviño continued intensive study on scholarship at the University of Texas at Austin under Igor Youskevitch and Stanley Hall. In 1977, Mr. Treviño and his wife Susan Treviño established the dance program at then Incarnate Word College, now the University of the Incarnate Word. As director of the Dance program, Mr. Treviño taught all levels of classical ballet, as well as core courses in Dance Appreciation and Dimensions of Wellness. In 1990, he co-authored An Introduction to Fine Arts, a textbook for the course published by Ginn Press, a division of Simon & Schuster.In 1977, Robert Joffrey asked the Treviños to develop and host a workshop as part of his vision of a summer workshop that would attract young, talented dancers from across the country and expose them to the rigors and demands of a professional career in dance. Having the privilege of working directly with Mr. Joffrey, Mr. Treviño knows the importance Mr. Joffrey placed on the regional dance movement. Twenty-nine years later, The Joffrey Workshop TX continues to draw some of the most exceptional dancers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. The Joffrey Workshop TX enjoys the unique distinction of one of the most highly regarded summer ballet programs in the U.S., and has served as the conduit for many dancers who have been accepted into the Joffrey II Dancers and the Joffrey Ballet, as well as many professional companies throughout the USA.Mr. Treviño has been an active member of the National Society of Arts and Letters for the past 28 years, and has served on the peer review panel for the San Antonio Arts and Cultural Commission.
Susan Trevino, Ballet Master and Costume Mistress
Susan Treviño and her husband, Buddy have been Co-Directors of The Joffrey Workshop since 1978. As Co-Director of the University of Incarnate Word Dance Department since 1977, Ms. Treviño has been an outstanding influence in the development of dance and dancers, and has dedicated thousands of hours of volunteer time to bring quality dance to San Antonio and South Texas.Trained in her native Oklahoma, Ms. Treviño achieved solo and principal status in a number of quality regional and professional companies including Oklahoma City Civic Ballet, Austin Ballet Theater, Festival Ballet of San Antonio, Corpus Christi Concert Ballet, Ballet Arts Company of Denver, Rocky Mountain National Ballet, and Ruth Page International Ballet Company. As a professional choreographer, she lists more than 100 original works, various theatre productions, and has collaborated with many other ballet companies to choreograph, costume, and produce performances. Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo premiered her production of Gaite Parisienne in 1996 at New York City’s Hunter College. Since then, the ballet has toured the U.S., Canada, and Japan. She was commissioned in 2001 by The Nutmeg Ballet and Corpus Christi Concert Ballet to create and premier two new works. Most recently, she created a trilogy of works based on the Holocaust for Duncan Lawton City Ballet.
Isaac Sanders, Guest Ballet Artist
Isaac Sanders is joining the Children's Ballet of San Antonio for his third appearance. He began dancing at the age of 8 with Stacy Landon in Pocatello, ID. At the age of 11, he began training at the Brindusa-Moore Ballet Academy after he was inspired by Sergiu Brindusa's performances in Swan Lake. He has enjoyed the demanding repertoire of classical ballet and particularly loves the masculinity of the Vaganova Method. After Isaac's father graduated from ISU's School of Pharmacy, his family moved home to the Inland Northwest, near Coeur d'Alene. He continued his training in Pocatello, living with host families, until 2013 when he was one of only 6 Americans invited to dance at the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia. He studied in Russia until July 2014. The following year, 2014-2015 Isaac studied at Ballet Coeur d' Alene, under the direction of Brooke Nicholson. He was living with his family for the year, this being the first time since he was 12 (much to the relief of his Mother). 2015-2016 Isaac chose to be a freelance artist and performed in Children's Ballet of San Antonio's Nutcracker, Midland Festival Ballet's Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night's Dream with Midland Festival Ballet, Sleeping Beauty with Children's Ballet of San Antonio, and Sleeping Beauty with Brindusa Moore Ballet Academy, his home studio. This year, Isaac will continue his career in the freelancing community and is excited for the upcoming season!
Isaac competed in Youth American Grande Prix (YAGP) in Denver 2012 where he placed in the top twelve, San Francisco 2013 where he earned third place in the classical category, and Seattle 2015 where he placed first in the contemporary category and third in the classical category--the youngest in his division to place. His performances qualified him for New York International YAGP Finals in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
In June 2013, he attended World Ballet Competition (WBC) by special invitation in Orlando, Florida. He advanced to the second round, again the youngest in his division to do so.
At the conclusion of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy’s New York City Summer Intensive, Isaac was awarded the scholarship to study in Moscow, Russia during the spring of 2016.
Isaac has been awarded scholarships to a 6 week Summer Intensive with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Connecticut (2013), Summer Intensive at Ballet West (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015), HARID Academy (2013), The Festival at Rhode Island (2014), Bolshoi Ballet Academy NYC(2015, 2016, 2017), The Rock School for Dance Education (2015, year round),Elmhurst Ballet (2015, year round).
Isaac has danced in the Nutcracker as Fritz, Nutcracker Prince, Snow Prince, Soldier Doll, Nutcracker Doll, Russian Candy Cane, Cavalier, and Spanish Chocolate, Sleeping Beauty as Prince Desire, Huntsman, Cinderella in the Harvest Dance and Ballroom Scene, Giselle in the Peasant Pas De Deux, Fairy King in the Opera The Magic Flute, and A Midsummer Night's Dream as Puck, his favorite role so far.
Now 17, Isaac is the oldest boy in his family with five younger sisters, and one brother. In addition to ballet, Isaac enjoys video games, playing guitar and spending time with his family.