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American Ballet Competion in Ogden, Utah 2017

Sonya 7Sonya Kryzhanovsky 1st place in Division II Classical Catergory and scholarship to Repertory Dance Theatre Summer Intensive 2018.  Alison Umabrell 3rd place in Division I Contemporary Catergory. Imagine Ballet Theatre 2nd place in Ensemble for finale of Fairyopolis choreography Raymond Van Mason.

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Rocky Mountain Choreography Festival Choreographers 2017

Announcing the Choreographers for the Rocky Mountain Choreography Festival 2017.  I would like to congratulate all of the choreographers on their work.  I look forward to seeing all the pieces live.  This evening is sponsored in part by Imagine Ballet Theatre, Peery’s Egyptian Theater, Weber State Dance Department, and Utah Dance Education Organization. rmcf-photoThis order is in no particular order.

 

Only love is real and Peace flag

Choreographer: Deja Mitchell – Eden, Utah

 

Artemis & Apollo

Choreographer: Lance Tripp – Ogden, Utah

Syracuse Dance Academy

 

Painted

Choreographer: Fiona Katrine – Logan, Utah

Resonance Dance Project

Bond

Choreographer: Tawna Halbert and Dance company collaboration- Ogden, Utah

Ben Lomond High School Dance Department Dance Company

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Choreographer: Jessica Haslip- Ogden, Utah

Sophisticated

Choreographer: Sonya Kryzhanovsky- Eden, Utah

Technologic

Choreographer: Christina Stockdale-Las Vegas, Nevada

Imagine Ballet Theatre

Duet

Choreographer: Jennifer Porter – Seattle, Washington

City Opera Ballet

Fix You

Choreographer: Jamie Pecor -Roy, Utah

Weber State Dancers

Unearth

Choreographer: Bailey Johnson-Anahiem, California

Resonate Dance Theater

 

Nutcracker Auditions for Imagine Ballet Theatre 2017

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Nutcracker Auditions will take place September 16, 2017.  Imagine Ballet Theatre performs in the beautiful Peery’s Egyptian Theater with the New American Philharmonic Orchestra.  Performance dates are Dec 8,9,14,15 and 16th.

Ages 6 to 10 will register 9:30 to 10:00

Audition will take place from 10:00 to 11:30

Ages 11 and up will register 11:30-12:00

Audition will take place from 12:00-1:30 ( Ladies please bring pointe shoes)

Looking for: Soldiers, Party Boys and Rats, Parent roles, Gingerettes, Russians, Ladies in Waiting, Pages, Arabian, Spanish, Waltz and Snow Corp and Angels.

Company Auditions as well.

When:                          Saturday, September 16, 2016

Ages 9 and up, registration 11:30-12:00 am; audition 12:00-2:00 pm

For Company members and Junior Company members.

Note:                            IBT Company members are ages 9 and up; Summer Program 8 and up

Where:                        Imagine Ballet Theatre, 2432 Washington Blvd, Suites C & D, Ogden

Dress:                          Young Women: Black leotard, pink tights, ballet shoes, if dancer is en pointe bring pointe shoes, hair in a bun

Men:  White shirt, black tights, ballet shoes

Registration Fee:         $25.00, non-refundable

Other:                          Dancers must bring a dance resume and photo

Announcing the Judges for the Rocky Mountain Choreography Festival 2016

RMCF Judges 2016

Brent Schneider: As a ten year member of Repertory Dance Theatre, Professor Schneider has served as dancer, rehearsal director, administrator and trustee. He has performed and choreographed in many dance styles including ethnic, ballroom, musical theatre, tap, jazz and ballet. He has been a faculty member for Weber State University, American College Dance Festivals, Regional Dance America Choreography Conferences and has taught and choreographed extensively for dance and theater companies. He recently taught a two-week intensive for the Central American and Caribbean Modern Dance Festival hosted by the Universidad Nacional in Heredia, Costa Rica, and choreographed a work for the university. Professor Schneider teaches technique, composition, pedagogy, liberal education courses, folk forms, and is co-director of the department’s acclaimed Performing Dance Company, for which he also choreographs.

Amanda Sowerby: Amanda received her MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah and her BFA in Dance from the California Institute of the Arts. She worked for several years with the Gary Palmer Dance Company in California’s Bay Area and assisted in setting new and repertory pieces on the National Ballet of Peru and the National Ballet of Chile, as well as implementing outreach programs in dance for Bay Area community members. She has performed with the National Ballet’s of Chile and Peru, Enrico Labayen’s Lab Projekt USA, Yasmin Mehta’s California Contemporary Dancers and Todd Courage. Amanda’s own choreographic work has been presented at Dance Theatre Workshop (NYC), Theatre Artaud (SF,CA), Diesel Cathedral (SF,CA), Dance Mission (SF,CA),  and The Rose Wagner Theater (SLC,UT).

Amanda was a co-founder Paradigm Dance Project; a dance organization designed to foster arts education for underserved populations. In addition to her faculty position at WSU, Amanda serves on the board of the Utah Dance Education Organization as President and served as the Higher Education Representative from 2007-2013.

Gina Artese: Gina has been a professional ballet dancer since she was 17 years old.  She has danced professionally with KansasCity Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Christopher Wheeldon’s The Morphoses Company and Twyla Tharp. In 2014 she performed in Charleston, South Carolina’s Piccolo Spoleto Festival where she danced Kirk Sprinkles’ The Charleston as a featured dancer.  Gina also appeared as a dancer on the Kennedy Center Honors which aired on CBS and also danced Don Quixote with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Edinburgh Festival of Scotland in 2006.

Ms. Artese was currently featured on NBC’s The Blacklist as a principal ballerina and on TruTV’s Impractical Jokers as the girl who got pranked with a hotdog.  She is the face of WE tv’s Bridezillas and competed on FOX’s celebrity reality dating show The Choice in 2012. Gina was featured as a principal ballerina in Darren Arnofsky’s award winning feature film Black Swan (2010), in Something Borrowed with Kate Hudson and as a ballerina in Our Idiot Brother. She was also the recurring “Wardrobe Girl” on NBC’s 30 Rock for its last two seasons.

In 2009 she aired a national Old Navy commericial and played “Tina” in the off-Broadway show Tony and Tina’s Wedding in 2008. She also starred in the Macy’s campaign commercial with renowned rap singer Dippy in 2007-2008.  She has been a featured dancer in such feature films as Summer of Sam by Spike Lee, Center Stage and now the upcoming feature The Boxer as a disco dancer.

Angie Banchero-Kelleher: Angela Banchero-Kelleher, MFA, is an Associate Professor of Modern Dance at Utah Valley University. She has had a professional career spanning over twenty years, including 15 years with Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT), during which time she was a featured dancer in both the classical and contemporary work spanning the modern repertory from Duncan to Zvi Gotheiner.   Her performance/teaching career has taken her to venues worldwide, including the La Bella Vita Arts dance workshop in Italy for the last 4 years and as a guest teacher at Repertory Dance Theatre’s summer workshop specializing in Humphrey/Limon technique. She maintains a deep commitment to RDT and continues to teach and reset roles for the company, most recently the solo from Pigs and Fishes by Elisa Monte.  She has presented her choreography internationally, notably Lacuna in Copenhagen and Blackbird in Austria.  Material Tokens of the Freedom of Thought, was selected for the gala concert at the regional ACDA concert in Missoula , Montana  and was performed by Repertory Dance Theatre this past spring.  she is currently pursuing scholarship that reflects her interest in dance as a vehicle for social and political activism, presenting her scholarly research internationally and co- publishing a paper in the International Journal of Arts in Society.

Sean Guymon is an independent dance educator, performer, and technology consultant. He is the Past President of the Utah Dance Education Organization, the state affiliate of the National Dance Education Organization, and currently works as the Executive Assistant and Webmaster for the organization. He earned a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah and was a founding member of Movement Forum, a dance improvisation performance group. Sean has performed and taught throughout the US and Great Britain. He competed nationally in Ballroom dance, directed the Ballroom dance team at Jordan High School, and his training also includes clogging, folk, and musical theatre. Sean is a self-taught technology enthusiast and is the webmaster and management/technology consultant for local and national dance organizations, companies and dancers.

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Announcing the 2016 Rocky Mountain Choreography Festival Choreographers!

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I would like to congratulate the following Choreographers for being selected to participate in the 2016 Rocky Mountain Choreography Festival!  To be held at the Peery’s Egyptian Theater in Ogden Utah on February 19th and 20th , 2013.  Choreographers are not listed in any particular order.

 

“River Flows” Imagine Ballet Theatre, Choreographer: Christina Stockdale Bradley.  Ogden, UT

“Forestial Fays” C DuFault Dance Repertory, Choreographer: Cynthia DuFault, Las Vegas, NV

In Rest Independent, Choreographer: Kelly Archer. Broomfield, CO

“Shadow of the Moon” Deja Mitchell Choreographer: Deja Mitchell. Eden, UT

 “Bloodline Duets” Kelly Alvarez & Dancers, Choreographer: Kelly Alvarez. Los Angeles, CA

“Such Sweet Sorrow” Kelly Roth & Dancers, Choreographer: Kelly Roth. Las Vegas, NV

“Not Titled” Deja Mitchell Choreographer: Deja Mitchell. Eden, UT

Pesanteur Ben Lomond High School Dance Company Choreographer: Nataly Pineda. Ogden, Ut11043338_10155229315155117_2820245372749285781_o

Reminiscence Excel Dance Studios, Choreographer: Alicia Ambrose. North Ogden, UT

“Understanding Gne Cha,” Kelly Roth & Dancers, Choreographer: Kelly Roth. Las Vegas, NV

Ode to Opposites Syracuse Dance Academy, Choreographer: Aubrey Harames and Lance Tripp. Syracuse, UT

Disseminated Coagulation Imagine Ballet Theatre, Choreographer: Jessica Haslip. Ogden, UT

 

Spencer Nielsen IBT Studios featured Artist

Spencer artStop by and enjoy the scenic beauty of Spencer Nielsen’s Photography.  Spencer is a Singer, Songwriter, and Photographer. Imagine Ballet Theatre will also be working on a ballet called Mellow Rotten Mind which will have it’s opening August 21 and 22 7:30 pm and 10:00 pm each night.

Spencer Nielsen is a singer/songwriter from Salt Lake City, Utah. A Self taught musician, plays the keyboards and sings, choosing to look deep into personal struggles and triumphs, for lyrical inspiration. Spencer has a range of musical influences; such as Dave Matthews Band, U2, The Who, Jack Johnson, Billy Joel, and Citizen Cope. The result is a wide variety of feeling and emotion combined with a groove that puts this soul music in the hears of music listeners of all genres and ages.
Beginning singing and writing songs in 2003, Spencer began playing solo at Salt Lakes piano bar The Cabana Club. Performing weekly with various other local musicians for many years before releasing his first full length album (Simple Vibe) on June 8 , 2006. now only available on ITunes, this album was a fan favorite and the start of a long road. Continuing writing and growing as a musician, Spencer released two other albums, (Taking Control) in August of 2008 and a two-song single release (So Strong) in Feb 2010 .

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Than in 2011, because of personal issues, Spencer stopped writing music , stopped performing, and eventually a year later stopped playing music at all. Feeling overcome with self doubt Spencer gave up on music and in many ways gave up on life.
In 2013 , friend and bandmate Vito Perry ( who had joined Spencer to play bass back in 2007) started jamming again with Spencer and Vito moved back to his natural instrument , The Guitar. Vito, an experienced band front man and songwriter , and Spencer began co-writing songs…and it just started happening. Song after song, after song, next thing you know everything had changed for Spencer emotional and as things picked back up , Vitos father Anthony Perry, veteran drummer, joined the group on percussion and officially The Spencer Nielsen Band was formed ,late summer of 2014. They started working on the album :MellowrottenMusic” . Soon after With the help of a crowdfunding effort thru Indiegogo, SNB was able to presale enough cds and sponsorships to record a full length album in SLC, Utah and mix and master the final product in Oakland , California with producer Matthew Winegar. (MellowRottenMusic) was independent released April 25, 2015 as the Spencer Nielsen Band debut album . It is now available on ITunes for digital download. Also see and hear the song “Better” from the new album on youtube @ https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AzRVrB0kEAA
Recently SNB has been joined by veteran bass player Thomas Krug from SLC, Ut bringing a full stage sound to the bands live performance. Follow The Spencer Nielsen Band on facebook for updates and show dates.