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Ballet Lover

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  1. Ballet West Principal Dancers Beckanne Sisk and Chase O'Connell - a tribute to first responders and front line workers everywhere.
  2. 4 Trailblazing Ballerinas discuss their careers, their experiences coming up as dancers of color and their experiences now.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. https://balletwest.org/news/promotions-and-company-roster-announced-for-56th-season
  6. Ballet West First Soloist Allison Tilton and 12 week old Ajax Tilton in company class:
  7. 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
  8. Christopher Ruud's last two performances of Swan Lake February 22 & 23 https://balletwest.org/news/ballet-west-reprises-timeless-classic-swan-lake
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Artists of Ballet West in George Balanchine's Diamonds © The Balanchine Trust | Photo by Beau Pearson Jewels NOW - NOVEMBER 10 "An extraordinary experience," said LoveDanceMore. "Awe-inspiring, a triumph!" exclaimed Daily Chronicle. And, Deseret News called it "intoxicating." Don't miss this glittering ballet. Only five performances left! BUY NOW LEARN MORE
  12. https://frontrowreviewersutah.com/?p=7671 http://lovedancemore.org/reviews/ 2 blog reviews of weekend one. with Washington Ballet and Richmond Ballet.
  13. The Fedorova version of The Nutcracker from the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo was also the version Robert Joffrey used as a framework for his original 1987 version. George Verdak taught it to the company.
  14. Agreed about the East Coast vs. West Coast - as someone who lived and worked in NY for nearly 20 years. And you are correct that Nutcracker took off as a National holiday tradition after Balanchine's - indeed if I am not mistaken it was really in the 1960's when it took off throughout the country. Watt's was one of my all time favorite dancers and she is certainly articulate and a wonderful speaker and advocate but a TED talk is big forum and should be more carefully researched. All Christensen disciples and Utahns bristle at this often made mistake about Mr. B's Nutcracker.
  15. Heather Watt's is wonderful and a good speaker but her whole thesis about The Nutcracker is so off the mark. the first American Nutcracker was created by Willam Christensen for San Francisco in 1944 (10 years before Balanchine created his). Christensen was tutored by Balanchine and Danilova before creating his version but all the things Ms. Watt's says Balanchine created had already been done, not just by Christensen but there were other full length American Nutcrackers as well between 1944-1954. I'm surprised she would make such a big mistake in such a platform.
  16. https://www.sltrib.com/artsliving/2018/04/08/ballet-west-spotlights-unexpected-gems-for-the-shakespeare-suite-program/ A Preview of the ballet West 2018 Spring triple Bill - A Shakespeare Suite.
  17. Here is a recent television special on the 2 year creation of new sets and costumes for Ballet West's historic Nutcracker. https://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=46211733
  18. The Full Program will be: Dances for Lou choreography - Val Caniporoli music - Lou Harrison (created for the 100the anniversary of Lou Harrison's birth) Ruth, Ricordi per Due choreography - Gerald Arpino music - Tomasso Albinoni (final work created by Arpino. Never before been formally performed in New York) World Premiere Work in Progress choreography - Africa Guzman music - Enzo Bossa (complete work to e premiered at Bw's National Choreographic Festival in May 2018) Chaconne (pas de deux and variati
  19. https://balletwest.org/news/michael-scolamiero-joins-ballet-west-as-executive-director Ballet West has hired a new Executive Director - Michael Scolamiero - former ED of Pennsylvania Ballet & Miami City Ballet
  20. http://www.dancemagazine.com/livestream-alert-watch-ballet-west-the-sarasota-ballet-and-pennsylvani-2413057646. Dance Magazine will be live streaming on Facebook today's joint companies' class for Ballet West, Sarasota Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet as part of the first weekend of BW's National Choreographic Festival. May 20th at 11:45 MST (2:45 EST)
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