Walking into Ballet San Antonio’s (BSA) company studio, you cannot help but notice the precision in a dancer’s footwork as preparations are underway for a memorable performance. Next month, BSA presents the spectacular full-length classical ballet, “Sleeping Beauty,” taking place Feb. 17 – 19 at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Artistic director Willy Shives masterfully choreographs the dramatic dialogue in every step. “The new choreography has many great feet in itself. I think that challenging the dancers with fun yet challenging choreography has been very exciting,” Shives told La Prensa. “I didn’t have to spoon feed them, and they are able to think on their own – I love it. We are working together, which is a big thing, as well as letting them know that they are artists.” Shives has been the artistic director for BSA for more than a year, and one cannot help but notice his desire to fuel his dancers’ impetus to bring out the best on stage. As their biggest critic, his form of discipline is not condescending, but firm to not make mistakes a habit.