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Ballet Lover

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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    Artistic Director, Teacher, Fan, Dancegoer
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    Salt Lake City
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  1. Ballet West - The full Willam Christensen Production on KSL Television and KSC.com - Christmas Eve and Twice Christmas Day. https://balletwest.org/events/the-nutcracker-ksl-broadcast
  2. Ballet West Principal Dancers Beckanne Sisk and Chase O'Connell - a tribute to first responders and front line workers everywhere.
  3. 4 Trailblazing Ballerinas discuss their careers, their experiences coming up as dancers of color and their experiences now.
  4. A really good start to this complicated conversation. Looking forward to future episodes. This one runs a bit long but such important information and discussions.
  5. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 15, 2020 PROMOTIONS, RETIREMENTS ANNOUNCED FOR 20/21 SEASON SALT LAKE CITY, UT—Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute announced the roster for the 57th season today, which includes three prominent promotions within the company, three notable retirements, and three new hires--most being elevated from the Frederick Q. Lawson Ballet West Academy. Soloist Jenna Rae Herrera, who joined Ballet West II in 2007 from Ontario, California, will be promoted to First Sol
  6. https://balletwest.org/news/promotions-and-company-roster-announced-for-56th-season
  7. Ballet West First Soloist Allison Tilton and 12 week old Ajax Tilton in company class:
  8. This likely should go on the links page. Deseret News review of Swan Lake. https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900055211/dance-review-if-you-go-to-one-ballet-west-performance-this-year-make-it-swan-lake.html
  9. Christopher Ruud's last two performances of Swan Lake February 22 & 23 https://balletwest.org/news/ballet-west-reprises-timeless-classic-swan-lake
  10. Willam Christensen also created the first American versions of "Swan Lake" and "Coppelia". in 2013 Ballet West reconstructed his version of "The Firebird" and in the late nineties they presented his "Nothin' Doin' Bar" SFB actually had 2 Christensen versions of The Nutcracker - the original 1944 by Willam which Ballet West still performs to this day (which The Traveling Ballerina reviewed) and then from the mid 1950's through the early 80's his brother Lew's version when Lew took over as AD after Willam left to return to Utah (this is the version I actually grew up seeing). Helgi Tom
  11. Two news items addressing the controversy over Asian representation by a dance company in Salt Lake City: SALT LAKE TRIBUNE: https://www.sltrib.com/artsliving/2018/11/15/scott-d-pierce-ksl/ ABC NEWS (Salt Lake City): https://www.abc4.com/news/local-news/asian-gestures-made-by-odyssey-dance-theatre-in-ksl-segment-causes-backlash/1602901295
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