Jayson Pescasio, a Ballet San Antonio principal, prepares for Jackson.
While in Jackson, Pescasio hopes to show his prowess through three rounds of competition, each time with different selections. In addition to the aforementioned variations, he also has learned excerpts from “La Fille Mal Gardée” and Balanchine's “Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux,” as well as a mandatory contemporary piece by Trey McIntyre and an original new work choreographed just for him. For the latter, he reached out to his uncle Ernest Sarino Mandap, a dancer and choreographer working in France, who was happy to oblige. The piece — titled “The Man Who Wants to Talk to the Wind” — is “a very upbeat,” modern dance piece, Pescasio said.