Maggie Wright-Tesch


Maggie Wright-Tesch danced her entire 18 year career with Ballet West, 12 as a Principal Artist. During her career she performed the leads in classics including The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle and Swan Lake. She worked with and was coached by noted choreographers including Ben Stevenson, Ronald Hynd, Val Caniporoli, Andre Prokovsky, Hans Van Manon, Ted Branson, Glen Tetley, Eddy Toussaint and Christopher Bruce. She was noted for her versatility transitioning from classical ballet into Balanchine-style works and contemporary ballets with equal acclaim. She performed extensively throughout the United States, both with the company and as a guest artist, as well as throughout China and Edinburgh, Scotland.

While still performing, she earned a BFA in Ballet from the University of Utah and her Polestar Pilates Certification. Since retiring after the birth of her second child, she has taught ballet technique, pointe and pilates based conditioning at the University of Utah’s Ballet Department, Ballet West, Ballet West II, and at summer intensives throughout Utah. She is the primary pointe teacher at the University of Utah (2010-2011) teaching all levels as well as the Graduate course, Pointe Methodology II, for which she redesigned the syllabus.

She has been noted for her coaching abilities; “It was clear they had received the kind of excellent care and coaching from Tesch that artists welcome. By this I mean coaching in style, approach (what to think, feel, anticipate in each phrase or section), and overall interpretation. (Dean Speer)

She has coached dancers for competition at the Youth America Grand Prix and Prix de Lausanne. She recently prepared the University of Utah’s Character Dance Ensemble for their tour to Costa Rica along with director Rick Wacko. She privately coaches all levels of ballet technique and has numerous clients from all walks of life that train with her using pilates based conditioning. She enjoys yoga, downhill skiing, gardening, running in her free time.