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.