Tonight's performance to benefit the Hancher Theater here in Des Moines, Iowa was an incredible success. The performance was specifically designed to include those works in our repitoire with favorable, crowd-pleasing reveiws, and tonight's audience was incredibly receptive and pleased. We performed Kettentanz, Smile with My Heart, Carousel a Dance, and Age of Innocence to a completely packed audience, despite the fact that Britney Spears was performing across the street. I, myself, performed "Smile with My Heart" and "Carousel a Dance".
They were a wonderfully responsive audience, even giving us a long standing ovation at the end of the evening. It's wonderful to perform for a packed and enthusiastic house because its wonderful to feed off that energy as a performer. After the performance, they threw the company a celebration party for the entire Joffrey and members of the Hancher Auditorium. These kinds of parties are always a wonderful way to interact with members of the audience and to hear their thoughts on the performance. Overall, everyone was incredibly complimentary, and the performance was a huge success for us and for the Hancher Auditorium.