Final week of the Ballet West/University of Utah Summer Intensive starts Monday.
In addition to the incredible Ballet West and University of Utah staff we’ve had Artistic Director Adam Sklute, frequent guest teacher Jane Wood, company principal artists Christopher Ruud and Christiana Bennett and Joffrey Ballet’s Calvin Kitten. This week we will add Tina LeBlanc, star of Mr. Joffrey’s Joffrey Ballet and San Francisco Ballet.
Christiana Bennett as Odile in Ballet West's SWAN LAKE - photo by Luke Isley
Tina LeBlanc in Gerald Arpino's L'Air D' Esprit - photo by Herb Migdoll
Calvin Kitten in Massine's PARADE - photo by Herb Migdoll
Christopher Ruud has graciously given his father Tomm Ruud’s 1969 ballet MOBILE to Ballet West II for our Iowa tour! Chris with the assistance of his wife Christiana Bennett began teaching the simple yet difficult choreography last week and they will continue this coming week.
Chris shows BW2 a video of his father choreographing MOBILE
Christiana Bennett, Jamie Lynn Schultz and Christopher Ruud
Henry Philofsky, Christiana Bennett, Jamie Lynn Schultz, Christopher Ruud, Beckanne Sisk
Many companies have performed Tomm Ruud’s MOBILE and currently the Joffrey and Stuttgart companies have MOBILE in their repertoires. Thank you for your generosity Chris!
Adam Sklute has been working with Ballet West II this week. He is teaching SPRING WATERS.
Adam Sklute demonstrates a step with Jamie Lynn Schultz
Ryan Sargent, Adam Sklute, Jamie Lynn Schultz
Adam Sklute with Jamie Lynn Schultz
Bruce Marks graciously offered to coach Ballet West II in my staging of TARANTELLA from NAPOLI! I’m sure you know that Bruce Marks was one of the great Artistic Directors of Ballet West. But did you know that he was also the first American to become a principal dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet?
Adam Sklute and Bruce Marks speaking with Ballet West 2
Bruce Marks helping Trevor Naumann with his claps.
Mr. Marks teaching BW2 how to be Neapolitan villagers
Introducing Ballet West 2!
Jamie Lynn Schultz, Ryan Sargent, Elanor Bock, Tyler Gum, Gabriella Hayes Moore, Ronalt Tilton, Kathryn Hein, Trevor Naumann, Kathleen Martin, Henry Philofsky, Beckanne Sisk
A couple of shots from today.
Ronald Tilton, Kathleen Martin warming up for class.
Trevor Naumann on the pilates reformer.
Tyler Gum practicing a position from LACRYMOSA solo.
Ballet West II has a page on Facebook dedicated to the upcoming Iowa City tour. Please join and get to know the dancers!
Facebook | The University of Iowa’s Hancher Presents Ballet West II
Ballet West’s Artistic Director Adam Sklute arrived home from Jacob’s Pillow and went right in to teaching for the Ballet West/University of Utah summer intensive. Other guest teachers coming up in the next weeks will be former Ballet West Artistic Director Bruce Marks, Joffrey Ballet’s Calvin Kitten and San Francisco Ballet’s Tina LeBlanc.
Adam Sklute teaching level 4
Kate Crews teaching Yoga
Calvin Kitten giving pointe shoe advice to Lauren. Bene Arnold approves.
Kate Crews conducting a pointe class at the Capitol Theatre where the 'lesser intensive' is held.
Heather Thackeray teaching repertoire to the younger students at the 'lesser intensive'.
Adam Sklute teaching level 4