Faculty

Peter-Christie-ColorPeter Christie, School Director

Peter’s career with Ballet West spans 30 years. He joined the artistic staff in 1998 after a 16-year career as a corps member and, later, a soloist with the Company. During his ballet career, Peter was especially noted for his character roles. He currently serves as Director of Educational Programs and Ballet West Academy, and continues to appear as a guest artist with Ballet West.


Adam Sklute, Artistic Director


 

 

shelly-cordovaShelly Cordova

Shelly has taught Jazz for over 20 years. Her teaching credits include The University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College, The Ballet School, Edinburgh Festival Scotland and Central Ballet School, London England. She currently teaches for Ballet West Academy and Ballet West Outreach program.

Shelly has taught Jazz for over 20 years. Her teaching credits include The University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College, The Ballet School, Edinburgh Festival Scotland and Central Ballet School, London England. She currently teaches for Ballet West Academy and Ballet West Outreach program. Shelly has also choreographed for the Utah Opera, including Cinderella, Italian Girl In Algiers and Deer Valley Music Festival: Gondoliers. Nationally and internationally, Shelly has also choreographed a number of theatre productions, DOD tours, casino dance reviews, television commercials and television series.

Cati-DallasCati Snarr

As a choreographer, producer, teacher and professional dancer, Cati Snarr’s career experience has been varied and vast. Most recently, Cati is the Children’s Ballet Mistress for Ballet West. She is a principal teacher for the Ballet West Academy and on the Education faculty. Cati has been an adjunct professor at the University of Utah in the Ballet Department, taught master classes at the Edinburg Festival in Scotland and for Central Ballet of London. She has just been a producer for the Nike NCAA Midnight Madness Celebration 2011. A Salt Lake City native, Cati began dancing with Ballet West. When she was 15, she performed Sleeping Beauty at the Kennady Center in Washington DC. She attended BYU while pursuing a professional ballet and theatre career. Her performances being both National and International, with credits including Myrtha in Giselle, Swanilda in Coppelia and Maria in West Side Story and many others. As a choreographer, Cati has an Emmy Award for the 2002 Winter Olympic Ceremonies, has created many NFL Super Bowl halftime shows, Opening Ceremony for REAL Soccer Stadium, The Emmy Awards, and has been a part of Legally Blonde II (MGM), HSM3, Den Brother, Jonas Brother Concert Movie and Hannah Montana (Disney).

 

 

janFugitJan Clark Fugit

Jan Clark-Fugit received her formation at the National Ballet in Washington D.C. and at the age of 14, joined the Denver Civic Ballet’s junior company under the direction of American Ballet Theatre’s Enrique Martinez. She later became a member of Ballet Colorado and was promoted to Principal dancer. Performing leading roles in classical and contemporary genre including “The Nutcracker” , “The Sleeping Beauty” and “Swan Lake”, Jan went on to perform as a Principal in Central City Opera productions under the auspices of the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Jan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance from the Loretto Heights College and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Ballet from the University of Utah, with an emphasis in teaching and choreography.

A teacher of national renown, Jan has served on the faculties of several universities and colleges including the University of Utah and the University of Hawaii. She created and implemented a four year syllabus for ballet students majoring in teaching dance for Loretto Heights College, Denver Colorado. Jan was a prominent member on the faculty of the Ballet West Christensen Academy and the Division of Continuing Education programs at the University of Utah directed by Willam Christensen. She was a full-time instructor for The School of Ballet West under directors Bruce Marks and John Hart.

Jan taught for Ballet West’s summer intensive programs in Aspen Colorado and toured extensively with Ballet West as the rehearsal assistant to children performing with the company. Jan co-owned and directed The Ballet School in SLC for ten years, creating a graded syllabus for children ages 6 and older making it one of Utah’s premiere academies for training young professionals. Most recently Jan formed Classical Ballet Classes, where she taught and mentored select students to achieve great success in ballet companies, trainee programs, and colleges nationwide.

Lisa-HoytLisa Hoyt

Jan Clark-Fugit received her formation at the National Ballet in Washington D.C. and at the age of 14, joined the Denver Civic Ballet’s junior company under the direction of American Ballet Theatre’s Enrique Martinez. She later became a member of Ballet Colorado and was promoted to Principal dancer. Performing leading roles in classical and contemporary genre including “The Nutcracker” , “The Sleeping Beauty” and “Swan Lake”, Jan went on to perform as a Principal in Central City Opera productions under the auspices of the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Jan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance from the Loretto Heights College and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Ballet from the University of Utah, with an emphasis in teaching and choreography.

A teacher of national renown, Jan has served on the faculties of several universities and colleges including the University of Utah and the University of Hawaii. She created and implemented a four year syllabus for ballet students majoring in teaching dance for Loretto Heights College, Denver Colorado. Jan was a prominent member on the faculty of the Ballet West Christensen Academy and the Division of Continuing Education programs at the University of Utah directed by Willam Christensen. She was a full-time instructor for The School of Ballet West under directors Bruce Marks and John Hart.

Jan taught for Ballet West’s summer intensive programs in Aspen Colorado and toured extensively with Ballet West as the rehearsal assistant to children performing with the company. Jan co-owned and directed The Ballet School in SLC for ten years, creating a graded syllabus for children ages 6 and older making it one of Utah’s premiere academies for training young professionals. Most recently Jan formed Classical Ballet Classes, where she taught and mentored select students to achieve great success in ballet companies, trainee programs, and colleges nationwide.

 

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sharee-laneSharee Lane

Sharee Lane is an Associate Professor, Lecturer in the Department of Ballet at the University of Utah, where she teaches both upper and lower division levels as well as Acting For Dancers. Professor Lane also choreographs for Ballet Ensemble and is Artistic Advisor for the Department’s Ballet Showcase II.

Professor Lane danced with Ballet West under Artistic Directors Willam F. Christensen and Bruce Marks from 1970 – 1979, and was responsible for training John Travolta in his 1982 movie, “Staying Alive.”

A frequent guest teacher for the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet in Aspen, Colorado, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Northwest Professional Dance Project in Portland, Oregon,

Professor Lane’s reputation as an outstanding teacher of classical ballet technique has spanned over 24 years, beginning with Willam F. Christensen, Founding Artistic Director of Ballet West, inviting Professor Lane to join the faculty at the School of Ballet West in 1981.

In 2004, Professor Lane received the Thomas D. Dee Grant to attend the world renowned Vaganova Ballet Academy Teacher’s Conference in St. Petersburg, Russia. Most recently, in April 2006, she was awarded the Philip and Miriam Perlman Award for Excellence in Student Counseling, recognizing faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to the University through their student advising and counseling.

 

Jeff-RogersJeff Rogers

Born in Virginia in a southern military family, Jeffrey Rogers began his early training at the age of nine in Germany under Maureen Gergun, a former Soloist from the Royal Ballet in London. He then continued his formation at the Olaker Youth Civic Ballet in Chester, Virginia, under Christine Parks, an original member of the Ballet Society, which became the American Ballet Theatre.

Rogers was awarded full scholarships to the School of American Ballet in New York where he trained under renowned teachers Stanley Williams, Andrei Kramirevsky and Richard Rapp. On another full scholarship at the National Academy of Arts in Illinois, he completed his formation in the Vaganova, Bournonville and Cecchetti techniques, working with such great teachers as Petrus Bosman, Georgina Parkinson and Valerie Taylor of the Royal Ballet and Francesca Corkle of the Joffrey Ballet, Flemming Halby, Larissa Skylanskya and Toni Lander of The Royal Danish Ballet.

The honor being one of the first recipients of the prestigious Princess Grace Foundation Award for Artistic Excellence in dance, ultimately lead Rogers to a long career as Principal dancer with Ballet West in Salt Lake City under the artistic directorships of Bruce Marks, John Hart and Jonas Kåge.

Rogers has danced all of the major principal roles in the classical repertoire from Albrecht to Siegfried as well as in the best contemporary works by renowned choreographers including Val Caniparoli’s The Lady of the Camellias and Lambarena, John Neumier’s Age of Anxiety, Eugene Loring’s Billy the Kid, John Butler’s Carmina Burana, Paul Taylor’s Company B, Antony Tudor’s The Leaves are Fading, Hans Van Manen’s Polish Pieces, and William Forsythe’s Artifact II.

Currently an adjunct professor at the University of Utah’s Dance Department, Principal teacher the Ballet West Academy, company teacher for Ballet West, and a Master Teacher and Judge for the world renowned YAGP, Rogers also teaches at companies and schools nationally.

Anne Marie Smith

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