Ballet San Antonio Principals Return to Join The Ballet Conservatory

San Antonio, TX, – The Ballet Conservatory of South Texas (BCSTX) announced today that former Ballet San Antonio Principals, Sarah Pautz and Jayson Pescasio are returning home, and will be re-joining our teaching staff for this summer and for the 2017-2018 season. As previous guest instructors of BCSTX, Sarah Pautz and Jayson Pescasio will add to the already stellar reputation of the Conservatory.

“We are thrilled to have Sarah and Jayson for the 2017-2018 performance season at the Ballet Conservatory,” says Marieli Pope, Artistic Director. “They bring a tremendous wealth of dance knowledge and experience, as well as an intimate understanding of the school’s curriculum, values, and commitment to the community.”

Sarah Pautz began her training in San Antonio and continued at the Houston Ballet Academy on full scholarship. Ms. Pautz continued her ballet career with Houston Ballet II, 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, Nutcracker, Le Corsaire, Swan Lake, Diana and Acteon, Dracula, Sleeping Beauty, Onegin, Peter Pan, Billy the Kid and Balanchine’s’ Valse Fantasie, Serenade, and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux. Ms. Pautz has toured extensively throughout Spain, Italy, and France, and as a guest artist throughout the United States.

“I’m so excited to be returning to my hometown of San Antonio, and to the Ballet Conservatory to help train the next group of promising young dancers. I hope to share what I’ve learned during my dancing years with them, and to encourage them to grow to be their own artists.”

– Sarah Pautz

 Jayson Pescasio began his formal ballet training at age 10 at the Teatro Baile de Cavite, and in 2005, joined Ballet Philippines. In 2011, Mr. Pescasio joined Ballet San Antonio as a Soloist, and was promoted to Principal in 2012.  In October 2013, Mr. Pescasio received critical acclaim for his role as the Jester in Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella and in 2014 dancing Prince Ivan in Phillip Otto’s Firebird, ” Amazingly strong, Pescasio can propel himself up into the air in any way he wishes as if gravity had little pull on him”– San Antonio Express-News. Mr. Pescasio most recently enjoyed sharing the stage with longtime partner and new wife Sarah Pautz in Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux.

“The commitment of the Ballet Conservatory to nurture students who want to become professional dancers someday is a vision I’ve always admired and to be a part of that again is something I’m very excited about.”

– Jayson Pescasio

 The Ballet Conservatory has gained a reputation for its excellence in ballet training since its founding in 2005. As San Antonio’s only nonprofit ballet academy and pre-professional company, it serves over 275 students, starting at age 4, and donates over $30,000 in scholarships. The mission of the Ballet Conservatory is to fulfill the developmental needs of serious young dancers, regardless of economic background, in a nurturing and pre-professional dance company environment. Students that have graduated from the Conservatory have gone on to dance in professional ballet programs and companies in the United States and abroad.


*Courtesy of Alexander Devora


*Courtesy of Jim Kendall