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Ballet West 2010 Promotions, New Hires, Departures


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#1 glebb

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Posted 15 May 2010 - 07:50 AM

For the 2010/2011 Season, Artistic Director Adam Sklute has promoted 13 dancers, welcomes 8 new company dancers and 4 new Ballet West II Dancers and we say goodbye and farewell to 7 company dancers and 3 Ballet West II dancers.

Promotions:
Annie Breneman - promoted to Senior Soloist
Katherine Lawrence -promoted to Senior Soloist
Thomas Mattingly - promoted to Soloist
Elizabeth McGrath - promoted to Soloist
Christopher Sellars - promoted to Soloist
Jacqueline Straughan - promoted to Soloist
Christopher Anderson - promoted to Demi-Soloist
Beau Pearson - promoted to Demi-Soloist
Rex Tilton - promoted to Demi-Soloist
Arolyn Williams - promoted to Demi-Soloist
Lindsey Duerfeldt - promoted from Apprentice to full Corps Artist
Whitney Huell - promoted from Apprentice to full Corps Artist
Alexander MacFarlan - promoted from Apprentice to full Corps Artist

New Dancers:
Haley Henderson - joins Ballet West as a Soloist
Easton Smith - joins Ballet West as a Soloist
Sayaka Ohtaki - joins Ballet West as a Demi-Soloist
Adrian Fry - joins Ballet West as a Corps Artist
Jenna Herrera - joins Ballet West as a Corps Artist
Kuei-Hsien Chu - joins Ballet West as a Corps Artist
Katherine Meeusen - joins Ballet West as an Apprentice
Elizabeth Weldon - Joins Ballet West as an Apprentice
Kathleen Martin - Joins Ballet West II
Ryan Sargent - Joins Ballet West II
Beckanne Sisk - joins Ballet West II
Ronald Tilton - joins Ballet West II

Departures
Soloist -- Kate Crews retires
Demi-Soloist-- Victoria Lock retires
Senior Corps Artist -- Aaron Orlowski retires
Senior Corps Artist -- Josey Silva retires
Corps Artist -- Megan Furse retires
Corps Artist -- John Frazer moves on
Corps Artist -- David Kim moves on
Ballet West II Dancer - Robert Goodman moves on
Ballet West II Dancer - Stephen King moves on
Balet West II Dancer Kaleigh Schock moves on

Principal Guest Artist Sara Webb will return to Ballet West (courtesy of Houston Ballet) for The Sleeping Beauty in February.

#2 slcmom

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Posted 15 May 2010 - 12:54 PM

For the 2010/2011 Season, Artistic Director Adam Sklute has promoted 13 dancers, welcomes 8 new company dancers and 4 new Ballet West II Dancers and we say goodbye and farewell to 7 company dancers and 3 Ballet West II dancers.

Promotions:
Annie Breneman - promoted to Senior Soloist
Katherine Lawrence -promoted to Senior Soloist
Thomas Mattingly - promoted to Soloist
Elizabeth McGrath - promoted to Soloist
Christopher Sellars - promoted to Soloist
Jacqueline Straughan - promoted to Soloist
Christopher Anderson - promoted to Demi-Soloist
Beau Pearson - promoted to Demi-Soloist
Rex Tilton - promoted to Demi-Soloist
Arolyn Williams - promoted to Demi-Soloist
Lindsey Duerfeldt - promoted from Apprentice to full Corps Artist
Whitney Huell - promoted from Apprentice to full Corps Artist
Alexander MacFarlan - promoted from Apprentice to full Corps Artist

New Dancers:
Haley Henderson - joins Ballet West as a Soloist
Easton Smith - joins Ballet West as a Soloist
Sayaka Ohtaki - joins Ballet West as a Demi-Soloist
Adrian Fry - joins Ballet West as a Corps Artist
Jenna Herrera - joins Ballet West as a Corps Artist
Kuei-Hsien Chu - joins Ballet West as a Corps Artist
Katherine Meeusen - joins Ballet West as an Apprentice
Elizabeth Weldon - Joins Ballet West as an Apprentice
Kathleen Martin - Joins Ballet West II
Ryan Sargent - Joins Ballet West II
Beckanne Sisk - joins Ballet West II
Ronald Tilton - joins Ballet West II

Departures
Soloist -- Kate Crews retires
Demi-Soloist-- Victoria Lock retires
Senior Corps Artist -- Aaron Orlowski retires
Senior Corps Artist -- Josey Silva retires
Corps Artist -- Megan Furse retires
Corps Artist -- John Frazer moves on
Corps Artist -- David Kim moves on
Ballet West II Dancer - Robert Goodman moves on
Ballet West II Dancer - Stephen King moves on
Balet West II Dancer Kaleigh Schock moves on

Principal Guest Artist Sara Webb will return to Ballet West (courtesy of Houston Ballet) for The Sleeping Beauty in February.



Wow,
congratulations to all the promotions!
I'll miss Kate Crews, Victoria Lock and the other departing dancers so much. they are fantastic! I wish them the very best for the future! Ballet West will never be the same without them.
How exciting to see all the new talent coming in though!
I'm glad Sara Webb is coming back too!

#3 Helene

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Posted 15 May 2010 - 06:37 PM

Wow, that's a lot of promotions! Congratulations to the dancers :wub:

#4 ivypink

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 09:24 PM

How wonderful to see all these promotions! But I am very sad to see the retirements, too. Especially Kate Crews, as she is a favorite of mine. I wish all the non-returning dancers the best of luck in their new endeavors.


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