Academy

Maggie Wright-Tesch

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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.

Leslie Larson

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Leslie Ann Larson - Ballet Mistress, Central West Ballet, California

A Ballet Mistress with versatility and high standards, Leslie Ann Larson has set works and full lengths such as Romeo & Juliet, Peter Pan, Cinderella, Les Sylphides, The Nutcracker, Coppélia, Swan Lake Act II, a new version of The Red Shoes and other works such as 1001 Nights, Existence, House of Folk, Of Faeries and Elves, A Ballet for Marie, Festive Overture, Canvas Emotions and Nature's Rite.

René Daveluy

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René Daveluy - Artistic Director, Central West Ballet, California.

Stephanie Saland

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“...As a dancer, Stephanie Saland inhabited each role bringing to it a glowing life with every step, every gesture. To watch her was to understand what artistry is. As a teacher she is as unparalleled as she was in her dancing. Dance becomes understandable when touched by Stephanie. It also becomes magic.”

Charthel Arthur

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Charthel Arthur, Ballet Master

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Michele Gifford

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Michele grew up in Dallas, Texas. She began her training with Ann Etgen and Bill Atkinson at the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet. At the age of sixteen she moved to New York City to attend the School of American Ballet on full scholarship. Two years later, she became a member of the New York City Ballet.

Course Descriptions & Curriculum

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CHILDREN’S DIVISION :           

The Children’s Division is designed for young students ages three to six.
Classes are offered by age and are carefully developed in accordance with a child’s physical and cognitive abilities. Children are placed in a safe and nurturing environment, and parents are invited to watch class four times per year. Placement is at the discretion of the Ballet West Academy director.
Summer classes are available for all levels.

Dance Discovery

Calendar

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August 19 Trainees Classes begin
August 24 Student/Parent Mandatory Orientation Meeting            11:00 AM -12:30 PM.

Information for Summer Intensive Participants

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Helpful information for making the most out of your summer experience.

Download the BWA/U of U Resident Handbook.

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