Latin Ballet returns to Richmond with familiar faces
RICHMOND, Virginia – The Poinsettia Legend was created in 2001 to entertain and promote holiday traditions in Latin America and Spain.
2021 canceled the company’s twentieth anniversary, but the celebration continues into January with messages of love and the spirit of giving which is the story of the poinsettia legend.
“Little Maria had nothing to give, she picked up a hand full of weeds, but because she gave it with her heart and with all her love, the weeds turned into beautiful flowers”, explains Ana Ines King, artistic director and founder of the Latin Ballet of Virginia. “It’s nice to know that poinsettias are called poinsettia flowers here because Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett was the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico who brought the plan here, but it’s called The Flower of Navida, the Christmas plant. “
For this year’s production, dancers from the past will join current dancers on stage, including a 103-year-old VCU dance instructor.
“Frances Wessells has been our grandmother for 20 years, she’s on every show because you know Latin America is a family affair and the grandmother is the most important person in the family,” he said. King said.
After this production, the ballet will fly to Spain.
You can see the legend of the poinsettia January 7-9 at the Cultural Arts Center in Glen Allen, near Mountain Road. Masks are mandatory for the show.
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