Not wearing out their welcome

March 19th, 2019 2:35 PM

By Ken Trainor

Staff writer

Scott Schwar has been leading tour groups to Cuba for 20 years, and his latest trip includes four dancers from Momenta, the performance troupe of Stephanie Clemens' Academy of Movement and Music. They will be visiting the highly regarded Pro-Danza Ballet School in Havana for a week-long dance intensive. The school features plenty of talented young dancers, but enough of the proper dance equipment, so they tend to over-wear their shoes, putting them at risk of injury. To address the shortage, Momenta organized a "Dancewear Drive," which means Director Sarah Najera and her crew will bring along a few gifts when they fly to Havana this Saturday. Well more than a few:

41 pairs of pointe shoes (all with ribbon & elastic)

82 pairs of ballet shoes (men & women's sizes)

136 leotards

52 pairs of tights

24 pairs of men's tights

8 men's dance belts

51 dance accessory items (including toe pads, dance skirts, leg warmers, dance bags, and more).

Scott, meanwhile, purchased a pair of Prima Ballerina Patricia Hernandez's favorite shoes to present to her.

Ambassadors of goodwill indeed.

Ken Trainor


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