We had the good fortune of connecting with Lorita Travaglia and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lorita, why did you pursue a creative career?
I believe that the Arts are an integral part of our existence. We are creative beings and so much can be expressed through the beauty and truth of art. The Arts lift us out of our everyday lives and most importantly can inspire us as well as invoke emotions that we need to feel but perhaps cannot express fully. I feel that my career chose me. I have felt compelled to dance since I was four years old. It was a means of expression for me. I never doubted this calling. It did not come easy but I persisted and worked hard and the doors opened, leading me to opportunities to study at The Royal Ballet School in London. From there I was hired by the Berlin Ballet and later when I moved to the USA, by the Princeton Ballet, Boston Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and International Ballet Rotaru. My professional career spanned 22 years and since retiring from the stage I have taught ballet to all ages, started two pre professional programs, directed Canyon Concert Ballet in Ft Collins and for the past 20 years I have worked at the Colorado Ballet as a Repetiteur and Ballet Master.. In 2005 I discovered Argentine Tango and never thinking that I would dance socially, I became addicted to this dance. As much as I enjoyed dancing socially I felt the urge to go further and in 2012 I started a non profit organisation called Parasol Arts, with the intention of spreading the joy and passion of this dance to others through outreach and theatrical performances. Argentine Tango is extremely earthy and passionate and more “human” than ballet which is light and airy and beautiful. I saw an opportunity to use the language of Argentine Tango as a means to portray the human condition as well as create stories. As Creative Director I have produced several tango shows annually since 2012, sometimes combining ballet with tango, and generally combining different art forms such as visual art, live music, vocalists and theatre.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am driven by the need to create and inspire. As Creative Director of Parasol Arts I have the opportunity to put my vision onto the stage. Argentine Tango is danced socially throughout the world. There are many Tango shows that have travelled the world. These often have a thread of a story and the dancing is spectacular. In my productions I aim to use the language of Argentine Tango to tell stories such as in “Carmen the Tango” and in “Piazzolla en sus Palabras’ which told the story of Astor Piazzolla’s life, as well as to portray human emotions. I am taking this dance to a new artistic level and combining different art forms. It is not easy but I am persistent. Running a non profit I have to wear many hats. The creative part is my passion. Getting funding, advertising, marketing, not so much! But as in every aspect of my life I follow my heart until every door closes. That has not yet happened. Even now with the pandemic closing theatres I am going ahead with a film version of my latest production “The Seasons.” which tells a story about the cycles of the universe, of human lives and relationships. I am super excited to go beyond the box of the stage and the walls of the theatre and take the viewer out into nature and deep into the intimacy of human relationships. The film will be ready for viewing on November 28th and there will be more information on my website as to how to purchase a link on November 14th.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Because of the pandemic I would likely not be out on the town much. However I would take them to some of my favourite coffee shops such as The Molecule Effect, St Marks, and Kochi Cafe. I would definitely take them to the Rio Grande for margaritas and to the Mercury Cafe for Sunday brunch with live music. We would drive to the mountains to Vail and Glenwood Springs and here in Denver spend time in the parks such as Cheesman where we might catch some social tango at the pavilion.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My good friend Teresa Anne Volgenau of tavolgenau.com has been a constant supporter, encouraging my efforts and inspiring me and helping in any way she can.

Website: www.parasolarts.org
Instagram: balletango
Twitter: @ParasolArtsCo
Facebook: Parasol Arts
Youtube: parasol arts

Image Credits
David Andrews

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