We arrived two days ago in stunning Rouen, France. The tour has been a success thus far. The audiences in every city have been generous and enthusiastic. The three new men in the Company have been dancing beautifully… there is a lot of good energy and support amongst the group. The workload is tough, but we’ve been staying strong and are having lots of fun along the way. Getting the chance to be inspired by one’s colleagues and also by worldly sites… well, I feel extremely fortunate.

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Maison de la Danse

Our first stop was Tel Aviv, Israel. A few of the dancers toured there years ago, and always raved about it. They were right: the city doesn’t disappoint. We were spoiled by beautiful summer weather (great way to start off a winter tour!) and were able to enjoy the beach everyday. The falafel was to die for and the Dead Sea bath salts saved my life. Tel Aviv has an infectious energy: the people there are passionate and strikingly beautiful… inside and out. The entire company took a Gaga class from a Batsheva dancer named Tom. What an incredible mover he is! It was invigorating for us to explore another style of movement.

Enjoying the beach in Tel Aviv, Israel

Lyon, our second stop, was a beautiful city. Our dear former colleague, Ricardo Zayas, paid us a visit, which was lots of fun. The workload in Lyon was tough: eight shows, with two of them falling on Turkey Day. The final performance was filmed and people could view it live on the web. The support we received from friends and family back home was wonderful. It was exciting and comforting to know they were watching.

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Dancers dinner in Lyon, France

Written by Kara Wilkes. Photos courtesy of Kara Wilkes.

Written by Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Alonzo King LINES Ballet is comprised of an internationally renowned contemporary ballet company, three education programs that serve pre-professional dancers, and a dance center that provides adult drop-in classes for all levels. The LINES Ballet mission is to nurture dynamic artistry and the development of authentic creative expression in dance, through collaboration, performance, and education.