Sandy Jennings was back in Salt Lake these last two weeks staging Rubies (Balanchine) and overseeing Emeralds (Balanchine). Since Maria Calegari already taught the company Diamonds (Balanchine) in the fall, Pamela Robinson Harris (one of our ballet mistresses) worked with us, putting the ballet back together. This upcoming week will be spent perfecting Jewels (Balanchine) before we go into the theater the following week.
Jewels (Balanchine) rehearsals consume most of the studio time, however, Jodie Gates was here on Tuesday and Wednesday to spend a bit of time playing around with steps on the company. Jodie choreographed a ballet two years ago on Ballet West II and will be choreographing on the main company this year for our Innovations program. On top of all of that, Pamela Robinson Harris and Peggy Dolkas have been busy rehearsing Aladdin whenever time permits. So, a lot is happening in the world of Ballet West, as usual. I took a few photos of Jewels rehearsals from the last two weeks.
By they way, this is how ballerinas sleep …