Saturday, March 4, 2017 – 2:00pm Thalia Mara Hall

Our annual Let The Music Dance series continues with a matinee performance on Saturday, March 4th at 2:00pm at Thalia Mara Hall. This year’s performance series is inspired by all things French! The first ballet of the evening, Impressions, is set to the piano music of Claude Debussy, Gabriel Faure, Jules Massenet and Erik Satie. We restaged a ballet from our 1998 season, Mozart’s Les Petite Riens, meaning “the little nothings.” Mozart’s compositions are delightful musical pieces that stand on their own without a story line.

The final ballet, Le Corsaire, is one that is not seen in the U.S. very often unless you happen to see American Ballet Theatre or the Boston Ballet perform the original full-length ballet. Our dancers perform divertissements from two sections of the ballet: The pas de trois, Trio des Odalisques, and the second is title Le Jardin Anime. Both of these pieces are featured showcases and provide a beautiful departure from the main action of the ballet. Since we are taking these pieces out of context of the entire ballet, it is rightly titled, Divertissements from Le Corsaire. Our guest artists are Sarah Pautz and Jason Pescasio from the Huntsville Ballet Company. The principal couple will perform the famous Le Corsaire pas de deux. Come and let Ballet Mississippi transport you to springtime in Paris with this beautiful evening of music and dance.

We are taking the French theme and adding some pre-performance fun. For those gathering prior to the performance, the ballet guild will offer some French themed sweets and punch. Artistic Director, David Keary, will also be presenting a pre-performance conversation in the lobby area 30 minutes prior to the performance.

Box Office opens at 1:00pm. Show begins at 2:00pm.

Tickets are $15.00. General Admission.


Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 2:00pm

Thalia Mara Hall

255 E Pascagoula Street

Jackson, MS 39201

Sarah Pautz

Principal Dancer with Huntsville Ballet Company, was born in Blanco, TX and began her training in San Antonio at the age of three. She continued at the Houston Ballet Academy on full scholarship and graduated with distinction in 2005 from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Ms. Pautz joined the Huntsville Ballet Company in 2015. She has danced with Tulsa Ballet, Bejart Ballet Lausanne, Ballet de l’Opera National de Bordeaux, and Ballet San Antonio. She has performed soloist and principal roles in Giselle, Cinderella, Firebird, Don Quixote, Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Dracula, Thais Pas de Deux, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Carnival of the Animals, La Esmeralda, Dracula, and Balanchine’s’ Valse Fantasie, Serenade and Concerto Barocco. Ms. Pautz has appeared in two festivals in Paris, and has toured extensively throughout Spain, Italy, and France. During the Huntsville Ballet Company’s 2015-16 Season Ms. Pautz danced two roles choreographed specifically for her, Pimpinella in Pulcinella and Wendy in Peter Pan.


Jayson Pescasio

Mr. Pescasio joined the Huntsville Ballet Company as Principal Dancer in 2015. Mr. Pescasio began formal ballet training at age 10 under Brezhnev Larlar and Pamela Ortiz-Bondoc at the Teatro Baile de Cavite, where he performed its classical and modern repertoire. He danced the lead in Larlar’s Filipino ballets such as Pananakop and XIII Martyrs.

While attending De La Salle College of Saint Benilde, his dance training extended to include folk dance and neoethnic dance, and he became a member of the Filipinescas Dance Company, headed by Leonor Orosa-Goquinco and Manolet Garcia. Mr. Pescasio received the Award for Outstanding Achievement and Exemplary Performance from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2004.

In 2005, Mr. Pescasio joined Ballet Philippines as an apprentice, where he trained under Noordin Jumalon and Jeffrey Espejo. As a guest artist for numerous productions of the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Dance School, he performed lead roles such as Siegfried in Swan Lake, the Prince in Cinderella and the Poet in Les Sylphides.

After becoming a member of Ballet Philippines in 2006, Mr. Pescasio danced in many pieces choreographed for the company by Alden Lugnasin and Bam Damian. In 2008, under the directorship of Alan Hineline (Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet) and Max Luna III (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), he was chosen to perform the role of Franz in the Philippine premiere of Hineline’s Coppelia. In 2010, he was a member of Nashville’s Dance Theatre of Tennessee. In 2011, Mr. Pescasio joined Ballet San Antonio as a Soloist, and was promoted to Principal following the 2012 production of Gabriel Zertuche’s Dracula. The roles of Peter Pan and Pulcinella were created specifically for him by Artistic Director Phillip Otto in Huntsville Ballet Company’s 2015-2016 Season.