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.

Leslie Larson


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


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

Stephanie Saland


“...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


Charthel Arthur, Ballet Master



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Michele Gifford


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




August 18

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August 20- September 7

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