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Christiana Bennett Katherine Lawrence Tom Mattingly Christopher Ruud Haley Henderson Smith Arolyn Williams First Soloists Elizabeth McGrath Beau Pearson Christopher Sellars Jacqueline Straughan Rex Tilton Soloists

Emily Adams Christopher Anderson Allison DeBona Adrian Fry Sayaka Ohtaki Beckanne Sisk


Katie Critchlow Lindsay Duerfeldt


Paige Adams* Katlyn Addison Kaya Aman** Kimberly Ballard* Elanor Bock** Tyler Gum Jenna Rae Herrera Jaime Hickey** Sarah Hochman Whitney Huell Alexander MacFarlan Trevor Naumann Chase O’Connell Amy Potter Zachary Prentice* Jordan Richardson Jamie Lynn Schultz Ronald Tilton Jordan Veit* Elizabeth Weldon Joshua Whitehead

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Alex Cambie Lauren Denney Lucas Horns Jameson Keating Logan Martin Stephen Nakagawa Kazlyn Nielsen Sanford Placide Mercedes Rice Mary Ann Schaefer Daniella Spitelli

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Former Academy Students and Current Ballet West II Artists Mercedes Rice and Lucas Horns. Photo by Luke Isley.

FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Welcome to Innovations 2014! Our annual Innovations series was the first program I created for Ballet West when I became Artistic Director just over seven years ago in March of 2007. To me, it remains one of our most fascinating, thought provoking, and enjoyable performances. The concept behind it is simple: provide a platform for new and untried ballet and give Ballet West artists and emerging local, national, and international choreographers an opportunity to experiment and create. It has been so gratifying to watch as every year a different group of dancer/ choreographers produce unique works that test the boundaries of what ballet choreography can be. It is great to experience how returning choreographers develop and produce ever more sophisticated pieces and to see how new choreographers shape and mold their works upon the remarkable gifts of our artists. This year, I am proud to introduce to the Ballet West stage Mr. Matthew Neenan. Neenan was a dancer with The Pennsylvania Ballet and went on to become their resident choreographer. He is the co-founder of Philadelphia-based BalletX. He has received numerous awards for his work and has choreographed ballets for companies around the country. Matthew Neenan is a wonderfully musical and inventive choreographer; for his world premiere, he has chosen a fascinating piece of music by Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera. I am excited to see what he does with this score and with our BW dancers. Returning as a choreographer this year is Ballet West Principal Artist Christopher Ruud. Ruud created a small work, One, for our first 2007 Innovations program. Then in 2011, I invited him to create a larger scale work. The result was the highly successful Trapped, which we repeated last year. So successful was Trapped that I nominated Ruud for the 2012 New York Choreographers Fellowship, which he won. Now, he returns with a beautiful new piece, Great Souls. Set to the music of Beethoven, juxtaposing two groups of dancers, the first dances with a classical approach, and the other, in a more contemporary style to create an overall seamless whole. Two more BW Company Artists return as well this year, Emily Adams and Christopher Anderson. Both have created twice for the Innovations stage and each time they have presented intriguing explorations into movement, ballet, and musicality. Each of their previous works has been extremely different from the one before, as they delve into myriad possibilities. This year, once again they are approaching their works with completely different outlooks. Finally, I am excited that BW Artist Tyler Gum will be creating his first ballet on Ballet West. He too is developing his own unique style and choreographic identity. This is what is so thrilling to me about our Innovations series. Being able to experience how artists individually interpret music and play with the dance vocabulary to create a new and innovative language. Thank you all for your patronage. We are grateful!

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Ballet West Principal Artist Arolyn Williams, photo by Beau Pearson

FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR With great pleasure I welcome you to this final production of our 50th Anniversary season! Ballet West strives to present great, classical ballets; historical masterpieces; and new, cutting-edge creations that celebrate the past, present, and future. We began this season’s journey with an exquisite revival of Ballet West’s founder Willam F. Christensen’s The Firebird. As we finish our 50th anniversary season and look upon our next 50 years, it is appropriate that Innovations be the conclusion to a fantastic year’s journey and an inspiring hint to our future. As you are about to see, Innovations is a wonderful program which provides a forum for exciting up-and-coming choreographers to showcase and develop their creative talents and ingenuity, as well as respectfully pay tribute to the path that brought them here. Ballet West’s longevity is a statement to its past and current members and the overall community. Because of you, we are able to look to the future with great anticipation and excitement. From next season’s opening of the state-of-the-art Jessie Eccles Quinney Ballet Centre to new and exciting world premieres that will grace our stage this coming season, Ballet West is truly your company. Your support is vital to the continued success of Ballet West, its programming, and art form. Through your performance attendance and financial support we are able to bring you the absolutely best works and most talented artists possible. If you haven’t already, please take a moment and renew your season subscription for the 2014-2015 season and embark with us as we preserve the next 50 year legacy of Ballet West. I thank you sincerely for your commitment, preservation, and watchfulness over one of the finest and truly world-class ballet companies.

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Innovations 2014

The Ballet West new works program, featuring five world premieres

The Sixth Beauty

Choreography by Matthew Neenan



Choreography by Christopher Anderson


Inverted Affect Choreography by Tyler Gum


Mixed Signals

Choreography by Emily Adams


Great Souls

Choreography by Christopher Ruud JeannĂŠ Wagner Theatre Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center 138 West 300 South Salt Lake City, Utah May 16, 17, and 21-24, 2014 The performance will last approximately 2 hours with two intermissions.

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The Sixth Beauty

Choreography by Matthew Neenan Music: Solo Piano Works, Alberto Ginastera Lighting Design by Nicholas Cavallaro Costume Design by David Heuvel

Cast for: May 16, 17, 21 and 23, 24 eve. I

Tom Mattingly Allison DeBona Jacqueline Straughan Beau Pearson Adrian Fry


Christiana Bennett (May 16, 17, 23, 24 eve.) / Katlyn Addison (May 21)


Sayaka Ohtaki Lindsay Duerfeldt Jenna Rae Herrera Zachary Prentice Jordan Veit

Christiana Bennett (May 16, 17, 23, 24 eve.) Katlyn Addison (May 21)


Rex Tilton (May 16, 17, 23, 24 eve.) Christopher Anderson (May 21)

Full Cast

Cast for: May 22, 24 mat. I

Tyler Gum Katie Critchlow Emily Adams Christopher Anderson Trevor Naumann


Katherine Lawrence


Beckanne Sisk Elizabeth Weldon Jamie Lynn Schultz Chase O’Connell Alexander MacFarlan Katherine Lawrence


Christopher Ruud

Full Cast The Sixth Beauty is about a reflection of one’s past. From the dysfunctional and bombastic episodes transcending into more harmonious and an inviting intimacy. This work is dedicated to Eilish, the sixth child gone far too soon. Thank you for your love and guidance. – Matthew Neenan Commissioned by Ballet West World Premiere: May 16, 2014, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City


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Paths Choreography by Christopher Anderson Music by Antonin Dvorak, Romance in F Minor Op 11 and Michael Nyman, “Drowning” By Number 3 Lighting Design by Nicholas Cavallaro Costumes Conceived by Christopher Anderson Special thanks to Camellia Rowland and the Development Department

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” – Guatama Buddha

Cast for: May 16, 23, 24 eve.

Jacqueline Straughan, Christiana Bennett, Adrian Fry, Chase O’Connell, with Arolyn Williams and members of the audience.

Cast for: May 17, 22, 24 mat.

Katie Critchlow, Amy Potter, Tom Mattingly, Christopher Sellers with Arolyn Williams and members of the audience.

Cast for: May 21

Jenna Rae Herrera, Amy Potter, Zachary Prentice, Ronald Tilton with Arolyn Williams and members of the audience. Commissioned by Ballet West World Premiere: May 16, 2014, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City

Inverted Affect

Choreography by Tyler Gum Music by Tyler Gum “Nobody’s Listening” Music Editing and Mixing: Travis Lake Guitar Improvisation: Clay Humphrey Voices: Babe Humphrey Lighting Design by Nicholas Cavallaro Set & Costumes Conceived by Tyler Gum

Inverted Affect is inspired by three poems written by Jim Gum, my grandfather. The change from one poem to the other is a result of some transformation in Jim’s life. Our decisions do not only affect ourselves but everyone around us. – Tyler Gum

Cast for: May 16, 21, 23, 24 eve. Katlyn Addison Tom Mattingly Elizabeth Weldon Josh Whitehead Lindsay Duerfeldt


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CASTING Cast for: May 17, 22, 24 mat. Sayaka Ohtaki Adrian Fry Whitney Huell Jordan Veit Kim Ballard

Commissioned by Ballet West World Premiere: May 16, 2014, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City

Mixed Signals

Choreography by Emily Adams Music excerpts from “Calf, Cathart, and Fueled” by ISAN; “Buzz” by B. Fleischmann; Music Arranged by Beau Pearson Lighting Design by Nicholas Cavallaro Costumes Conceived by Emily Adams

Cast for: May 16, 21, 23, 24 eve.

Beckanne Sisk Katie Critchlow

Beau Pearson Sayaka Ohtaki Alexander MacFarlan Paige Adams Trevor Naumann

Cast for: May 17, 22, 24 mat.

Elizabeth Weldon Joshua Whitehead Jacqueline Straughan Lindsay Duerfeldt Ronald Tilton Katlyn Addison Chase O’Connell Commissioned by Ballet West World Premiere: May 16, 2014, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City

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Great Souls

Choreography by Christopher Ruud Music by Ludvig van Beethoven Sonata in c minor, Opus 13 (“Pathetique”) I. Grave – Allegro di molto e con brio Piano Trio Opus 70, No. 1 (“Ghost”) II. Largo assai ed espressivo Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Opus 73 II. Adagio un poco mosso III. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo Lighting Design by Nicholas Cavallaro Costumes Conceived by Christopher Ruud

In this life I have had the great privilege to love and be loved by truly great people. Truly great souls. I have also had to say goodbye to some of these wonderful people. To learn how to say goodbye to those who have touched my heart is the hardest thing I have ever endured. This work is for all of you Great Souls that I have loved and lost. You are out there and you know who you are. A special thanks to E.A.M. for getting me started. – Christopher Ruud

Cast for: May 16, 21, 23 ,24 eve.

Emily Adams, Katlyn Addison, Kimberly Ballard, Allison DeBona, Lindsay Duerfeldt, Jenna Rae Herrera, Whitney Huell, Elizabeth McGrath, Jamie Lynn Schultz, Beckanne Sisk, Elizabeth Weldon Tyler Gum, Tom Mattingly, Chase O’Connell, Trevor Naumann, Zachary Prentice, Rex Tilton, Joshua Whitehead

Cast for: May 17, 22, 24 mat.

Paige Adams, Kimberly Ballard, Katie Critchlow, Jenna Rae Herrera, Sarah Hochman, Elizabeth McGrath, Amy Potter, Jordan Richardson, Jamie Lynn Schultz, Jacqueline Straughan, Elizabeth Weldon Chase O’Connell (May 17), Adrian Fry (May 22, 24 mat.), Beau Pearson, Alex MacFarlan, Christopher Sellars, Ronald Tilton, Jordan Veit, Joshua Whitehead Commissioned by Ballet West World Premiere: May 16, 2014, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City


Ballet West 2013–2014 Season


Adam Sklute Artistic Director

Adam Sklute has brought Ballet West national and international recognition as Artistic Director. Since he began with Ballet West in March 2007, the company has appeared twice at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Ballet Across America Festival in 2008 with Balanchine’s Serenade and a seven-show run in 2012 of Willam Christensen’s The Nutcracker with six sold-out performances); twice at New York City Center’s Fall for Dance (in 2009 with Nijinska’s Les Biches and in 2012 with the Grand Pas from Paquita); three times in Chicago (at the Chicago Dancing Festival in 2010 with Serenade, in 2011 with Jiří Kylián’s Sinfonietta, and in 2013 with The Sleeping Beauty and a Repertory Program at the famed Auditorium Theatre); and twice in Las Vegas in collaborative programs with Nevada Ballet Theatre. Ballet West has also graced the cover of Dance Magazine twice – in 2009 and 2013 – and has garnered rave reviews from The New York Times for The Treasures of the Ballets Russes and The Nutcracker. In addition, the Company was recently the subject of the docu-drama “Breaking Pointe” for two seasons. Sklute has introduced Ballet West to such renowned contemporary choreographers as Jiří Kylián, Mark Morris, and Twyla Tharp, among others, while expanding the company’s Balanchine repertoire and adding early 20th century Diaghilev-era masterpieces. In addition to reintroducing lost elements of Christensen’s production of The Nutcracker, Sklute has conceived and produced new versions of Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty and developed Ballet West’s wildly successful new works program, Innovations. Sklute danced with the Joffrey Ballet starting in 1985 and rose to the ranks of Associate Director from 2005 to 2007. He is an Adjunct Professor of Ballet at The University of Utah and a teacher, lecturer, coach and judge of ballet worldwide.

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Scott Altman joins Ballet West as the company’s newly appointed Executive Director. He brings with him nearly three decades of experience in the performing arts and non-profit arts administration. Altman is the former General Director of the Phoenix-based Arizona Opera where, under his leadership, the company experienced unprecedented patron growth and expanded audience development. He also oversaw the design and construction of a new Opera Center in central Phoenix and successfully consolidated operations into one city. Altman’s professional activities, association and community activities include, among many others, serving as Regional and District Adjudicator for the Metropolitan Opera National Council, The University of Arizona Presidents Competition, and the Dallas Opera Competition. Altman is also the Recipient of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Citation of Excellence for 2007, 2008, and 2009. Prior to his roles in administration, Scott had a 20-year career as a professional singer and performed 37 distinct opera roles throughout the country. Along his path to administration, Scott was also an instructor of opera at Princeton University. He continues to instruct master classes and adjudicate prominent vocal competitions nationwide. Altman went on to complete his Master of Music degree at Manhattan School of Music in New York, after receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the State University College at Purchase in Purchase, New York.

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Christiana Bennett

Tom Mattingly

Townsend, Massachusetts Joined Ballet West in 1999

Ridgecrest, California Joined Ballet West in 2008

Katherine Lawrence Fairfield, Connecticut Joined Ballet West in 2004

Christopher Ruud

Arolyn Williams

San Francisco, California Joined Ballet West in 1998

Rowe, Pennsylvania Joined Ballet West II in 2004 Joined Ballet West in 2006

Haley Henderson Smith Ventura, California Joined Ballet West in 2010

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Elizabeth McGrath

Christopher Sellars

Miller Place, New York Joined Ballet West in 2001

Huntington Beach, California Joined Ballet West II in 2004 Joined Ballet West in 2006

Beau Pearson

San Francisco, California Joined Ballet West in 2007

Jacqueline Straughan Carson City, Nevada Joined Ballet West in 2006

Rex Tilton

San Diego, California Joined Ballet West in 2008

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Emily Adams

Newtown, Pennsylvania Joined Ballet West II in 2005 Joined Ballet West in 2007

Sayaka Ohtaki

Tokyo, Japan Joined Ballet West in 2010

Allison DeBona

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Joined Ballet West in 2007

Christopher Anderson Baltimore, Maryland Joined Ballet West in 2001

Adrian Fry

Beckanne Sisk

Omaha, Nebraska Joined Ballet West in 2010

Longview, Texas Joined Ballet West II in 2010 Joined Ballet West in 2011

Sayaka Ohtaki

Tokyo, Japan Joined Ballet West in 2010

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Katie Critchlow

San Diego, California Joined Ballet West in 2006

Lindsay Duerfeldt

Modesto, California Joined Ballet West II in 2008 Joined Ballet West in 2009

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Paige Adams

Chicago, Illinois Joined Ballet West II in 2011 Joined Ballet West in 2012

Elanor Bock*

Chicago, Illinois Joined Ballet West in 2012

Kaya Aman*

Katlyn Addison

Chicago, Illinois Joined Ballet West II in 2011 Joined Ballet West in 2012

Tyler Gum

Bayonne, New Jersey Joined Ballet West in 2012

Ontario, Canada Joined Ballet West in 2011

Colorado Springs, Colorado Joined Ballet West II in 2009 Joined Ballet West in 2010

Sarah Hochman

Ossining, New York Joined Ballet West in 2012

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Jaime Hickey*

Whitney Huell

Irmo, South Carolina Joined Ballet West II in 2007 Joined Ballet West in 2009

Kimberly Ballard

Chicago, Illinois Joined Ballet West II in 2011 Joined Ballet West in 2012

Jenna Rae Herrera Ontario, California Joined Ballet West II in 2007 Joined Ballet West in 2010


Alexander MacFarlan Nashville, Tennessee Joined Ballet West II in 2007 Joined Ballet West in 2009

Zachary Prentice

Chicago, Illinois Joined Ballet West II in 2011 Joined Ballet West in 2012

Chase O’Connell

Trevor Naumann

Chicago, Illinois Joined Ballet West II in 2012 Joined Ballet West in 2013

Jordan Richardson

Pasco, Washington Joined Ballet West II in 2009 Joined Ballet West in 2011

New York, New York Joined Ballet West II in 2009 Joined Ballet West in 2011

Boulder, Colorado Joined Ballet West in 2011

Jordan Veit

Seattle, Washington Joined Ballet West II in 2012 Joined Ballet West in 2013

Jamie Lynn Schultz

Elizabeth Weldon Duxbury, Massachusetts Joined Ballet West in 2010

Amy Potter

Roanoke, Virginia Joined Ballet West II in 2011 Joined Ballet West in 2012

Ronald Tilton

San Diego, California Joined Ballet West II in 2010 Joined Ballet West in 2012

Joshua Whitehead

Chesapeake, Virginia Joined Ballet West II in 2010 Joined Ballet West in 2012

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Alex Cambie

Auckland, New Zealand Joined Ballet West II in 2013

Stephen Nakagawa Fontana, California Joined Ballet West II in 2013

Lauren Denney

Clemente, California Joined Ballet West II in 2013

Kazlyn Nielsen

Spanish Fork,Utah Joined Ballet West II in 2012

Mary Ann Schaefer Fishers, Indiana Joined Ballet West II in 2012

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Lucas Horns

Salt Lake City, Utah Joined Ballet West II in 2013

Sanford Placide

Port-au-Prince, Haiti Joined Ballet West II in 2013

Daniella Spitelli

Chicago, Illinois Joined Ballet West II in 2013

Logan Martin

Silverdale, Washington Joined Ballet West II in 2012

Mercedes Rice

Salt Lake City, Utah Joined Ballet West II in 2013


Choreographer, The Sixth Beauty Matthew Neenan began his dance training at the Boston Ballet School and with noted teachers Nan C. Keating and Jacqueline Cronsberg. He later attended the LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts and the School of American Ballet in New York. From 1994-2007, Matthew danced with the Pennsylvania Ballet where he danced numerous principal roles in works by George Balanchine, John Cranko, Paul Taylor, Peter Martins, Val Caniparoli, Jorma Elo, Lila York, Meredith Rainey, Christopher Wheeldon, and Jerome Robbins. In October 2007, Matthew was named Choreographer in Residence at the Pennsylvania Ballet. Matthew’s choreography has been featured and performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet, BalletX, The Washington Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Milwaukee Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Tulsa Ballet, Juilliard Dance, New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute, Sacramento Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Indiana University, Opera Philadelphia, and LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts (NYC), among others. He has received numerous awards and grants for his choreography from the National Endowment of the Arts, Dance Advance funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Choo San Goh Foundation, and the Independence Foundation. In 2006, Matthew received the New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute’s Fellowship Initiative Award. Matthew’s Carmina Burana, As It’s Going, and 11:11 was performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet at New York City Center in 2006 & 2007. In 2008, he received a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. This marks his fourth time receiving the PCA fellowship. In October 2009, Matthew was the grand-prize winner of Sacramento Ballet’s Capital Choreography Competition and was the first recipient of the Jerome Robbins NEW Program Fellowship for his work At the border for Pennsylvania Ballet. In 2005, Matthew co-founded BalletX with fellow dancer Christine Cox. BalletX had its world premiere at the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival in September 2005 and is now the resident dance company at the prestigious Wilma Theatre. BalletX has toured and performed Neenan’s choreography in New York City at The Joyce Theater, The Skirball Center, Symphony Space, Central Park Summerstage, Vail International Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, The Cerritos Center, Laguna Dance Festival, Spring to Dance Festival in St. Louis, and internationally in Cali, Colombia and Seoul, Korea. In 2010, Matthew became a trustee member for DanceUSA. His ballet The Last Glass was praised in the New York Times as the “10 Best” of 2013.

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Ballet West Artist/ Choreographer, Inverted Affect

Tyler Gum is from Calhan, Colorado. He studied with Patricia Hoffman and Holly Marble at the Ballet Society of Colorado Springs, and with Fernando Schaffenburg at the Sangre de Cristo Ballet Theatre. He attended summer programs at Walnut Hill, Harid Conservatory and the Pacific Northwest Ballet School on scholarship. Tyler attended the University of Arizona where he performed with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and was featured in Jory Hancock’s Tonadas Pas de Deux. He competed in the Youth America Grand Prix where he received first place with his classical ballet solo at regional competition and a contract with Ballet West II after the New York City finals. Tyler is in his 5th season with Ballet West, being promoted from Ballet West II into the main company in 2010. With Ballet West, Tyler has performed featured roles in Edward Stierle’s Lacrymosa, Willam Christensen’s The Nutcracker, Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, the Jester in Sir Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, George Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15 and Who Cares?, Val Caniparoli’s The Lottery, Jiří Kylián’s Forgotten Land and Petite Mort. Tyler has also performed in world premieres such as Emily Adams’ Regarding Us, Avichai Scher’s White Noise and recently in Nicolo Fonte’s The Rite of Spring. Inverted Affect is Tyler’s choreographic debut in Ballet West’s new works series, Innovations 2014. The music, “Nobody’s Listening,” is composed by the choreographer, with the help of Travis Lake, Clay Humphrey, and Babe Humphrey. The music is inspired by poetry written by his grandfather, Jim Gum. Tyler’s other interests include the visual arts. At the Works of Art “Holiday Party Arty” in Colorado Springs, Colorado, he won a Juror’s Award and sold one of his paintings, titled “Setting Sun.” Also a published illustrator, he created visuals for D.J. Seddon’s children’s book about Colorado, titled “The Butterfly Fly and I.”

Christopher Anderson

Ballet West Soloist/ Choreographer, Paths

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Christopher Anderson began his studies at the Baltimore School for the Arts and continued at the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. Christopher joined Ballet West, from Boston Ballet, in 2001 and is currently a Soloist with the company. This is Christopher’s third work for the Innovations program. His first work Intonation featured the photography of Erik Ostling and was set to the music of Michael Nyman. The second work, Behind Closed Doors, featured Utah’s own violinist Aubrey Woods. Paths, his third work for Innovations, will incorporate members of the audience. Christopher is extremely thankful, not only for the opportunities at Ballet West to dance in new works, but also for the choreographers who have created the work. New work is an invaluable experience for any dancer, but also invaluable for aspiring choreographers. It has made for an unparalleled learning experience and has, without a doubt, helped shape his choreographic voice. Christopher’s goal with all of his works is to create an environment that encourages a unique performance each night. Unique for the audience, and unique for the artists.


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Ballet West Soloist/ Choreographer, Mixed Signals

Born in Newtown, Pennsylvania, Emily Adams trained at the School of American Ballet, Studio Maestro, Ballet Technique, and Princeton Ballet. She also studied with Christina Fagundes, Lincoln Jones, and Nancy Bielski. She attended summer programs at the School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet School, exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell, and the Royal Ballet School. As an advanced student at SAB, she performed in several ballets with New York City Ballet. She choreographed ballets for two SAB student choreography workshops and was invited by Peter Martins, Artistic Director of New York City Ballet, to choreograph for the New York Choreographic Institute’s Spring Session in 2004. In 2005, Emily joined Ballet West’s pre-professional company – Ballet West II, followed by becoming an Artist with Ballet West in 2007. She was promoted to Demi-Soloist in 2011 and to Soloist in 2013. Her performance highlights include featured roles in George Balanchine’s Jewels, The Four Temperaments, and Divertimento No. 15; Carabosse and Lilac Fairy in Adam Sklute’s The Sleeping Beauty; Fairy Godmother and Summer Fairy in Sir Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella; Sugar Plum Fairy in Willam Christensen’s The Nutcracker; roles in Jiří Kylían’s Petite Mort, Sinfonetta, and Forgotten Land; Mrs. Summers in Val Caniparoli’s The Lottery; and the recent world premiere of Nicolo Fonte’s The Rite of Spring. Emily created Regarding Us for Innovations 2011 and Forces at Play for Innovations 2012.

Christopher Rudd

Ballet West Principal Artist/ Choreographer, Great Souls

A native of San Francisco, Christopher began his training at the San Francisco Ballet School, where he studied for six years and performed numerous children’s roles in the SF Ballet repertoire. He received additional training at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School, before training at the University of Utah Ballet Department. Christopher joined Ballet West in 1998, was promoted to Soloist in 2001 and Principal in 2004. With Ballet West, Christopher has toured throughout the United States and abroad including multi-city tours in China and in Scotland at the Edinburgh International Festival. Some notable roles include “Petruchio” in John Cranko’s The Taming of the Shrew; the Second Pas de Deux in Antony Tudor’s The Leaves Are Fading; Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances; William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated; Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort; Val Caniparoli’s The Lottery and Book of Alleged Dances; The Prince and Stepsister in Sir Fredrick Ashton’s Cinderella and “Romeo” in Jonas Kage’s Romeo and Juliet. Christopher has performed the principal roles in multiple versions of such classics as Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Cinderella, Don Quixote and Le Corsaire Pas de Deux. He has also danced leading roles in works by Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp, Jiří Kylián, Antony Tudor, Hans van Manen and Nicolo Fonte. Christopher’s favorite George Balanchine credits include Serenade; “Melancholic” and “Sanguinic” in The Four Temperaments; Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux; “El Capitan” in Stars and Stripes; and the principal in Theme and Variations and Rubies. Recently he has had works created on him by Nicolo Fonte in The Immeasurable Cadences Within and The Rite of Spring, Helen Picket in But Never Doubt I Love and Val Caniparoli in The Lottery.

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Son of respected dancer and choreographer Tomm Ruud, Christopher is responsible for his father’s works. He has set and performed his father’s ballets, such as MOBILE, for companies including Stuttgart Ballet, Ballet West and Joffrey Ballet Co. He can be seen as a guest artist in frequent performances throughout the United States. After 16 years as a dancer with Ballet West, Christopher has added Choreographer to his list of accomplishments. His works Without Fall and Trapped were performed at Ballet West’s 2012 Gala, and the 2011 & 2013 Innovations programs respectively. In 2012, he was awarded a Fellowship Initiative grant from the New York Choreographic Institute, enabling him to create Strum. His latest piece, Great Souls, was created for Ballet West’s 50th anniversary season and is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

ARTISTIC STAFF Pamela Robinson-Harris

Principal Ballet Mistress Pamela Robinson-Harris has served as Ballet Mistress for Ballet West for over 15 years as well as the Company’s Interim Artistic Director from 20062007. Her career began with the Cleveland Ballet, followed by the State of Alabama Ballet in 1982 and Ballet Mississippi in 1984. Pamela joined Ballet West in 1985, advancing to Principal in 1988. During her career, Pamela performed in some of the most prestigious theatres in America, performing principal roles in most major classical works, including those of George Balanchine, Val Caniparoli, Sir Frederick Ashton, and Ben Stevenson. Pamela, together with Nevada Ballet Theater Ballet Mistress Peggy Dolkas, co-choreographed two ballets for Ballet West’s Family Series – The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. She also reworked major sections of Ballet West’s productions of The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake, and has choreographed for Ballet West II and the Ballet West Pre-Professional Trainee Division.

Bruce Caldwell

Ballet Master/Company Archivist Bruce Caldwell began his ballet career in 1961 in the children’s roles of Willam Christensen’s The Nutcracker. He joined Ballet West as an Apprentice in 1968 and rose through the ranks to become a Principal in 1972, a position he held for 18 years before joining the artistic staff in 1990. In 1989 he received the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Excellence in the Arts Award, and a year later, the Governor’s Award, presented by the Utah Arts Council. Caldwell was appointed to his present position of Ballet Master in 1997 and assumed the additional role of Company Archivist in 2007.


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Ballet Mistress Born in Washington, D.C., Jane received her training at the Washington School of Ballet. At 15, she was invited to perform with the Grand Theatre de Genève in Switzerland under Patricia Neary and George Balanchine. Jane joined Ballet West in 1979, rising to the rank of Principal Dancer and performing the title roles in Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Coppelia, and Lady of the Camellias, as well as a full range of contemporary ballets created by world-renowned choreographers. In 2001, Jane retired from Ballet West. She graduated from The University of Utah with a Bachelor’s degree in Ballet, became Faculty Coordinator for the Ballet West Conservatory, and was an Adjunct Assistant Professor at The University of Utah. Jane joined Florida State University’s Department of Dance in 2002 as Visiting Assistant Professor before returning to Utah in 2004. She continued teaching at The University of Utah and was a guest teacher for Ballet West and the Academy. Jane was the Children’s Ballet Mistress for Ballet West’s The Nutcracker for two years. Jane joined Ballet West’s artistic staff in 2011. She continues to conduct auditions for the Ballet West Summer Intensive across the country.

Heather Thackeray

Assistant to the Artistic Director Prior to her appointment as Assistant to the Artistic Director, Adam Sklute, Heather enjoyed a 20-year career as a dancer with Ballet West. A Utah native, Heather began taking ballet and tap lessons from her mother at age 3. She continued her studies at the Ballet West Conservatory and joined Ballet West in 1991. Her performance highlights include Ceres in Michael Smuin’s The Tempest, Songbird Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Spring Fairy in Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, Suzuki in Stanton Welch’s Madame Butterfly, and the Doll and Lead Mirliton in Willam Christensen’s The Nutcracker. Heather holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The University of Utah. She is a well respected teacher, assisting in company rehearsals and overseeing the children’s roles in Ballet West productions.

Christopher Sellars

Ballet West First Soloist/Interim Director of Ballet West II Christopher received eight years of training under his parents at Orange County Dance Center in Huntington Beach, California, followed by The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Christopher became a founding member of Ballet West’s second company, Ballet West II, in 2005. The following year, he joined the main company as a corps de ballet member before being promoted to Demi-Soloist in 2008, followed by Soloist in 2010. He was recently promoted to First Soloist for Ballet West’s 2013-14 season in addition to being named Interim Director for Ballet West II.

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PRODUCTION STAFF Michael Andrew Currey

Director of Production and Artistic Operations Mr. Currey was recently appointed Director of Artistic Operations, while continuing his duties as the Director of Production, a position he has held here at Ballet West for 4 seasons. Michael has played a major role in the planning and oversight of the construction of the new Jesse Eccles Quinney Ballet Centre building adjacent to the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre, which opens in November 2014. Prior to joining Ballet West, Mr. Currey served in production and management leadership roles at The Joffrey Ballet, New York City Opera, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Maine State Music Theatre, San Diego Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Moonlight Amphitheatre, Bucks County Playhouse, San Diego Civic Light Opera, and others. Michael can also be seen in Robert Altman’s film “The Company”, in which he plays the stage manager.

David Heuvel

Costume Production Director David Heuvel has been associated with Ballet West since 1979. Apart from his work for Ballet West, he has designed and built costumes nationally and internationally, including Ballet Du Nord (France), Singapore Ballet, Washington Ballet, Carolina Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, Atlanta Ballet and Richmond Ballet.

Michael McCulloch

Production Stage Manager Michael McCulloch graduated from The University of Utah with a degree in Theatre Production and Design. He has worked for numerous Utah dance and theatre companies including Utah Opera, Promised Valley Playhouse, and Odyssey Dance Theatre. In his 29 years with Ballet West, he has been Assistant Stage Manager, Assistant Electrician, Master Electrician, and in 2000 became Production Stage Manager. Michael has been a member of Actors Equity Association for 29 years and a member of I.A.T.S.E. Local 99 (Stagehands) for over 25 years.


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THANK YOU The Ballet West donation levels listed below include the valued friends of Ballet West whose significant gifts make our performances possible.

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IN MEMORY AND IN HONOR Gifts Made in Honor: In Honor of Vilija Avizonis and Greg McComas Beth McComas Randy McComas In Honor of Greta and Madeleine Ballard, Henry Ashdown Peter Ashdown In Honor of Donald Basinger Joanne Parrish In Honor of Alex Fenech Inger Fenech

In Honor of Jóhann Jacobs and David Heuvel Marlene Montooth In Honor of Tono Lander Martin Leuthauser In Honor of Ingie Lignell Elese Adams In Honor of Nancy Marriott Zions Bank

In Honor of Delilah Mecham Jill Hansen In Honor of Dr. and Mrs. Ondine Morelli Susan H. Morelli In Honor of Elena Kunikova and Ludmilla Morkovina Sara Murawski In Honor of Harriet Ross Elaine Wolbrom

In Honor of Adam Sklute and Christopher Renstrom Patty Andriga Patti Eylar and Charlie Gardner Madeleine Plonsker In Honor of Kathleen Ruben Spane Tina Bagley In Honor of the Tilton Family Carol Ann Saikhon In Honor of Elisabeth Weldon Eileen Weldon Smith

Gifts Made in Memory: In Memory of Mary Ruth Abbott Bené Arnold In Memory of Paul Alpers Harriet Ross In Memory of Alice Athas Jamie Craft In Memory of Chris Christie Bené Arnold In Memory of Michael P. Heap Gregory Dunnavant In Memory of David Kipper Jon Teeuwissen

In Memory of Nancy Renstrom Jeanie Pollack Harriet Ross Adam Sklute and Christopher Renstrom In Memory of Judee Ross Audrey F. Ross Charitable Lead Trust In Memory of Geraldine Humphrey Smith Helen Pearce In Memory of Tracy L. Stapley 6th Medical Logistics Management Center Sheena Barriteau Paul Huntsman Julie Lamar

In Memory of Jack Wood Denise and Michael Bégué Pamela Robinson-Harris and Jeff Harris Jóhann Jacobs and David Heuvel Adam Sklute and Christopher Renstrom Cristian Smith Jane Wood-Smith Maggie Wright Tesch and Dennis Tesch Jacquie and Kevin Zegan

In Memory of Roger van Frank Anne E. O’Brien and Bob Keeler In Memory of Patricia Zollinger Pamela and Dale Darnell Judy Elting Renee Horns Jamie Kamm Ron Miller Kristie Rowbotham Michele Straube

In Memory of Bill Wood John and Michelle Flynn Charmion Wood

ENCORE SOCIETY We honor and applaud those individuals who have made such a meaningful commitment to the future of Ballet West by including a bequest or other deferred gift for Ballet West in their estate planning. Bené Arnold Berenice J. Bradshaw (1903–1996) Val A. Browning (1895–1994) Kenneth P. Burbidge, Jr. (1930–1998) Dr. Robert H. (1920–2007) and Marianne Harding Burgoyne Kent and Martha DiFiore The Zorka D. Divich Trust Dolores Doré Eccles (1902–1994) Virginia Fackrell Estate (1918–2004) Sid W. Foulger

Dr. Esther S. Gross (1908–2001) and Dr. George D. Gross (1907–2000) Timothy and Stephanie Harpst Melissa A. Herbst (1972-2014) Geoffrey C. Hughes (1919–1991) Jóhann Jacobs and David Heuvel Fleming and Lana Jensen Sara Kaplan Dennis L. Kay Trust Barry L. Keller (1937–2002) Cynthia Lampropoulos Family Foundation

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Encore Society membership is open to all individuals who have made an estate provision for Ballet West or a planned or deferred gift. For more information or if you have made a planned gift to Ballet West, please contact us at (801) 869-6934.

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CAPITAL CAMPAIGN DONORS Shari and David Quinney Campaign Chairs

Barbara and James Clark Honorary Chairs

Ballet West is grateful for the generous support of the following foundations, individuals and corporations:

Naming Gift ($6,000,000 and above)

Janet Q. Lawson Foundation

Lead Gifts ($2,000,000 and above)

George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation Emma Eccles Jones Foundation

Principal Gifts ($500,000–$1,999,999)

Frederick Q. Lawson Foundation

Major Gifts ($150,000–$499,000)

Lawrence T. Dee & Janet T. Dee Foundation Katherine and Ezekiel Dumke, Jr. Meldrum Foundation Theodore and Elizabeth Schmidt Utah State Legislature

Pace-Setter Gifts ($45,000–$149,000)

Anonymous Donors James G. Adamson* B. W. Bastian Foundation Erik and Uzo Erlingsson Florence Gillmor Foundation Timothy and Stephanie Harpst Katharine Lamb Janet Q. Lawson (1922–2008) Thomas and Mary McCarthey Questar Shari and David Quinney Rocky Mountain Power Joanne L. Shrontz Family Foundation Sue and Walker Wallace Robert I. Wishnick Foundation

Sustaining Gifts ($15,000–$44,999)

Anonymous Donors American Express Charitable Fund Judy Brady and Drew W. Browning Carol Carter Jim and Barbara Clark DiFiore Family Hague and Sue J. Ellis Matthew B. Ellis Foundation Jóhann Jacobs and David Heuvel Robert D. Kent Jr. Trust Dan P. Miller Scott and Sara Nelson Fritz and Barbara Reed

Key Gifts ($10,000–$14,999)

Anonymous Donors Vilija Avizonis and Greg McComas John C. Jarman


S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation

John and Marcia Price Family Foundation

Dinesh and Kalpana Patel Foundation Seth Olson and Tonia Stefiuk Clifford S. Reusch, M.D. Thomas Parks Richard and Lois Peterson Amberlie Phillips Cornerstone Gifts Scott W. and Nanci O. Pickett ($5,000–$9,999) David and Suzanne Razor Anonymous Donors Dr. Chris Richards Michael and Denise Bégué The Roake Family E. Lindsay and Carla Carlisle Robert and Nancy Schumacker Deborah Dobson and Jonas Kåge Katherine Scott Paul B. Dorius Semnani Foundation Tim and Katherine Henney Michael Shuping Richard Koehn and Sheryl Scott Students of Ballet West Academy David E. and Helane B. Leta Adam Sklute and Christopher Renstrom Toby and Jeffrey Taylor Teresa Silcox Torrey Norman C. and Barbara L. Tanner Lamont and Carol Tyler Dr. Mina Vaughn Foundation Carole M. Wood and Darrell Hensleigh U.S. Bancorp Foundation W. Mack and Julia Watkins Maysie and Wallace Watts Special Gifts Maggie Wright and Dennis Tesch


Anonymous Donors Stephen and Merribeth Habegger-Anderson The Arcolio Family Michael and Jacqueline Bailey David K. Barber Kay and Susan Barrell Frances and Jerome Battle Mr. and Mrs. Bill Bennion Alene Bentley Carolyn and Robert Buma Chase Associates Paul and Linda Child Bruce and Barbara Christensen Sue D. and Thayer S. Christensen Peter Christie and Charles Black James and Geralyn Dreyfous Rex Falkenrath and Amy Paul John H. and Carol W. Firmage III Jodie and Kirk Fisher Robert and Joyce Graham John Hollerbach Scott Huntsman Richard Kielar and Christian Zimmerman Guy and Carol Kroesche Jodi Lippert and Timothy L. Barr LWCommunications Malcolm and Ann MacQuoid Michael Marriott and J. Sanchez Michael Murray and Kathleen McDermott

Supporting Gifts ($500–$999)

Anonymous Donors Steve and Beverly Allnatt Robert Arbogast Deborah and Byron Barkley Bernard Bégué Ginette Bott In Memory of Megan Leigh Brown Mr. and Mrs. Bruce K. Caldwell Bill and Amy Cutting Don and Doris Gale Pamela Robinson-Harris and Jeff Harris Jerald D. and Anne E. Holyoak Carol and Edward Hunter McNeil Engineering & Land Surveying, L.C. Brian and Janae Powell Patsy and Gregory Reece Harry and Lisa Rosenthal Fred and Fran Schwab Mitchell Selznick Sarah and Rich West Reba Ann Wilcox

Friends of the Campaign Gifts ($1–$499) Anonymous Donors Kathy and Wayne Adams Hans and Martha Ahrens

Bené Arnold Nancy Blaney Michael Bearden Brent and Elita Christensen Kate C. Crews Jonathan Crossett and Pascale E. DeRozario Michael Andrew Currey and Calvin W. Kitten Steven W. Davis Gregory Dennison Nancy Farley Kristin Hakala and Tong Wang Jolie and Brad Hardy Tim and Stephanie Harpst Alison Harvey Neil and June Henderson Susan and Richard Holland Christina M. Jepson Gloria Johnson Devin Danielle Larsen and Robin G. Larsen Jason Linsley Braden Lockwood Archer and Ellen Martin Barbara Neilson Aaron J. Orlowski Beatrice C. Parker Greg R. Presnell Karlie, Karen, Charlie Primich Sophia Priolo Mary and Gary Purk Nancy Stewart Ramsdell Marissa Rejali Jennifer L. Robinson Jan and Shahab Saeed Thomas Sawyer Jane Scott Nicholas Scott Ben Selznick Zack Selznick Dennis and Annabelle Shrieve Tani Smihula Mary Clayton Smith Steven W. and Sharon S. Snarr Heather Thackeray Lynda Tobin David Tundermann Sandra D. Weinstock G. W. Buzz and Kelly Welch

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BALLET WEST BOARDS FOUNDERS Mrs. John M. Wallace Founder (1898-1988)

Willam F. Christensen Artistic Founder (1902-2001)


Scott Altman* Adam Sklute* Executive Director Artistic Director Victor S. Rickman* Ron R. Hansen* Brian E. Powell* Chair Vice Chair Chair Elect

Scott M. Huntsman* Treasurer

Barbara Clark* Secretary

Pete Ashdown Dr. Vilija Avizonis* Frances Battle Alene Bentley Sharon M. Bertelsen Senator Curtis Bramble David Green Wendy Jackson* Christina M. Jepson Barbara Barrington Jones Brenda Kaila Catherine Parrish Lake Edward Lamb Sheryl R. Lefavi

Lois L. Martino Charlotte L. Miller John C. Miller* Anthony F. Mirabile* Michael Morris David C. Pickett Jeanne Potucek* Shari Quinney* Margot Shott Michael Shuping Audra Sorenson Cindy Strong Teresa Silcox Torrey David W. Tundermann

Shahab Saeed* Immediate Past Chair Stanley D. VanderToolen Mary Jane Galvin-Wagg Debra Washburn Julia Watkins Sarah West Michelle Wolfenbarger Artist Liaisons Christopher Anderson Christiana Bennett *Executive Committee

NATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD Dan P. Miller, President Carol Browning Carol Carter Nola J. Chase

Carol Christ Dr. Erik Erlingsson Barbara Kipper Marina Lawson

Bruce Marks Peter D. Meldrum Nicole Mouskondis M. Walker Wallace

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP BOARD Carol Kroesche, President Carol Baer

William Connelly Nile Eatmon Tami Hansen

Julie Hopkins Tim H. Jones Diana Major Spencer

TRUSTEE EMERITI Kenneth P. Burbidge, Jr. (1930-1998) Carol Carter Ronny L. Cutshall Donald B. Holbrook (1925-2005)

William N. Jones Howard A. Jorgensen Richard J. Kieffer David Leta Peter D. Meldrum Dan P. Miller

Sara J. Nelson Fredric D. Reed Shahab Saeed Harold J. Steele (1911-2005) Stephen D. Swindle, Esq.

For more information on Board Membership, contact Scott Altman, Executive Director at 801-869-6905.


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Ken Dodson – Director of Finance and Administration Summer Wilson – Director of Business Expansion and Company Management Felicia Cowan – Human Resource and Payroll Manager Robin Holt – Accounts Payable Coordinator Jennifer Bailey – Staff Accountant Pama Rejali – Executive Assistant to the Executive Director Lisa Jensen – Retail Sales Coordinator


Camellia Rowland – Development Manager, Special Events Reagan Tolboe – Development Manager, Annual Giving Marissa Hodges – Development Coordinator


Michelle Goldberg – Director of Marketing Sara M. K. Neal – Marketing Manager Jack E Stahl – Technology and Ticketing Manager Whitney Shaw – Creative Services Coordinator Julianne Smith – Marketing Coordinator Beverly Kunzler, Rachael Valdez, Mona Morris, Jane Harris – Account Representatives


Peter Christie – Director Dana Rossi – Education Associate and Assistant Director, I CAN DO Shelly Cordova, Jennifer Heighton, Stacia Hullinger, Lisa Johnson, Jessica Maurer, Anne Marie Smith – Educators, I CAN DO

Adam Sklute – Artistic Director MUSIC

Terence Kern – Music Director Emeritus Jared Oaks – Associate Conductor, Rehearsal Pianist and Music Librarian Grigoriy Ayrapetov – Principal Class and Associate Rehearsal Pianist Rob Wood – Class Pianist


Michael Andrew Currey – Director of Production and Artistic Operations David Heuvel – Costume Production Director Michael McCulloch – Production Stage Manager Amanda Craig – Stage Manager and Shoe Coordinator Cindy Farrimond – Costume Shop Manager Robert Clifford – Head Carpenter and Technical Director Josh Belka – Assistant Carpenter Bruce Fugit – Head Electrician David Deutch – Assistant Electrician Cory A. Thorell – Properties Master Heidi Belka – Pyrotechnician Jacquelin Bryce – Wardrobe Supervisor Barbara Lambert – Wardrobe Assistant and Assistant Shoe Coordinator Yancey J. Quick – Wig Master Barbara Arcolio – Head Stitcher Mary Kay Feicht, Katherine Kimmel – Stitchers John Cook – Scenic Artist Members I.A.T.S.E. Local 99 – The Run of Show Crew


Peter Christie – School Director Lisa Hoyt – School Administrator Jan Clark Fugit, Jeffrey Rogers, Cati Snarr – Principal Faculty Victoria Bearden, Nikki Bybee, Shelly Cordova, Heather Fryxell, Ai Fuji Nelson, Lisa Hoyt, Lisa Johnson, Gabriella Moore, Jessica Pearson, Anne Marie Smith, Heather Thackeray – Faculty Grigoriy Ayrapetov, Vilena Barekyan, Jim Kuemmerle – Accompanists

Sports Medicine Coverage Provided by Comprehensive Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Ballet West thanks the following Medical Providers: Kevin Semans – Athletic Trainer Andrew Cooper, MD – Orthopedic Surgeon

Ballet West is an American Guild of Musical Artists Company 304 Trolley Square, SLC, UT 84102 (801) 869-6900, fax (801) 359-3504


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