Conrad Ludlow

The Utah Ballet which is the dance company of the University of Utah offered a very special show last night at the Marriott Center for Dance on the University campus.  The program honored retiring Associate Professor Conrad Ludlow.  Conrad Ludlow was a Principal Dancer with the New York City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet before joining the staff of the University and becoming the Artistic Director of the Utah Ballet.

Ballet West’s Artistic Director Adam Sklute received permission from the Balanchine Trust for Ballet West principal artists Christiana Bennett and Christopher Ruud to perform Balanchine’s  ’Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux’ and for soloists Annie Breneman and Thomas Mattingly to perform the pas de deux from ‘Stars and Stripes’.  Both of these works are closely connected to Ludlow’s stage career.

Conrad’s wife Joy and their sons received generous applause as did special surprise guest Jacques d’Amboise who spoke on the stage after the dancing. Mr. d’Amboise talked about how his children used to ask him why his hair was always a mess after he danced and Conrad’s was always perfect. A reception was held in the lobby after the performance.

Adam Sklute and Conrad Ludlow

Bene Arnold, Conrad Ludlow, Joy Ludlow and Jacques d'Amboise

Christiana Bennett and Christopher Ruud in Balanchine's Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux

Annie Breneman and Thomas Mattingly in the pas de deux from Stars and Stripes

Jacques d'Amboise tells Conrad stories

Conrad waves good night

-Mark

4 thoughts on “Conrad Ludlow”

  1. I think it is wonderful,I know Conrad from our New York City Ballet days and he is a wonderful person and artist.It is great to see Jacques there another good friend like Conrad,we just honored Jacques April 26 th here on Long island at Smithtown Landing through Ohman School of Ballet.

    Yours in Dance

    Frank Ohman
    Former soloist with New York City Ballet 1962-1984

  2. Conrad is the most wonderful teacher and is totally dedicated to ballet. Shannon Gale (former student)

  3. Conrad just lost his lovely wife Joy (see 2nd photo down) after her heroic struggle with cancer. The Department of Ballet is collecting donations in memory of Joy to be used as a scholarship. If you would like to participate either send a check to the Department of Ballet, 330 S 1500 E, RM 106, SLC, UT 84112 and note it is in memory of Joy or go online to https://umarket2.utah.edu/ugive/index.php and donate in her name under the General Ballet Scholarship fund.

    Those wishing to send cards to Conrad may also send them to the Department of Ballet and we will collect them and take them to him.

    Even though retired, Conrad has continued to teach a couple of classes here at the U. We hope he will continue as the students, faculty and staff all love him. We are his ballet family.

    Glenda Staples, Administrative Officer
    U of U Department of Ballet

  4. Remember Conrad and Joy from their and my days as dance faculty at Oklahoma City University. Many fond memories.

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