Imagine Ballet Theatre had 2 of our five dancers place in top 12 Contemporary categories in the YAGP Las Vegas Semi-finals.
The Grand prize Winner: This & That by Rodolfo Rafael
Second Place: Not Alone by Alicia Trump & Carrie Lee Miles
Third Place: Except from “Antologia” by Loren Fletcher
Junior Division: Reflections by Sonya Kryzhanovsky
People’s Choice awards from the audience voting.
First Place: Meant for the Stage by Kassie Searle
Second Place: Def.i.(d)ance by Eric Bean Jr.
Third Place: This & That by Rodolfo Rafael
I would like to announce the Choreographers participating in this years Festival. Congratulations to them all. Looking forward to seeing all their work live on stage at the Peery’s Egyptain Theatre, Feb 27, and 28, at 7:30 pm. Peoples choice voting will take place on Feb 27th, show and Awards will take place on the Feb 28, 2015.
Aysha Jonas, “Irrevocable Incandescent Kukoma”, Weber State Dance, Ogden, Utah
Madison Jones, “Path of Purpose”, Weber State Dance Dept. Ogden, Utah
Summer Robertson,”Pleasurable Addiction”, St. George Dance Company, St. George, Utah
Rodolfo Rafael, “This and That”, Dance Rod, Clearfield, Utah
Eric G. Bean Jr., “Def.i.(D)ance”, Jaricco Dance, Las Vegas, Nevada
Alicia Trump & Carrie Miles, “Not Alone”, Independent Artists, North Salt Lake, Utah & Las Vegas, Nevada
Aysha Jonas, “Journey to Tower Green”, Weber State Dance, Ogden, Utah
Loren Fletcher Nickerson,”Untitled” Independent Artist, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Kassie Searle, “Meant for the Stage”, Independent Artist, Clinton, Utah
Whitnee Jenkins,”The Lonely”, Lifehouse Performing Arts Academy, Spanish Fork, Utah
Danielle Dreis, “Simultaneously Unshaken”, Ogden High Dance, Ogden, Utah
Sonya Kryzhanovsky, “Reflections”, Imagine Ballet Theatre, Ogden, Utah
dancers. Another thing IBT does each year is they enter a float in the Ogden City Christmas parade to prepare the community for a rendition of The Nutcracker.
Hi! I’m Emily. I am nine years old and I am an angel in Imagine Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker this year. This is my first time dancing in Nutcracker, and I’m really excited, especially because I’ll get to be on stage with the Sugar Plum Fairy!
Our first Nutcracker rehearsal lasted an hour and a half…it felt like a really long time! About halfway through the first rehearsal, Mr. Ray laughed and said we looked like bumper cars because we kept bumping into each other as we moved in and out of each other’s lines. Oops! But then we took a quick break and it was just what we needed. I got a drink of water and a hug from my mom, and I felt ready to dance some more. I guess that little break was good for everyone, because we learned our entire routine by the end of the first rehearsal!
We were much better at the next rehearsal, and we are getting better each week. Even though we are working hard to learn our dance, we are having lots of fun, too! I can’t wait to wear my pretty angel costume. Nutcracker will be here before you know it!
Week four was a difficult weekend, I had two young dancers have to pull out of the Nutcracker due to some problems at school so they could concentrate on their studies. I have always maintained that a dancers education is very important and must be a high priority, however this has left me a bit short in a couple of numbers so I have to rework or find some replacements for these parts. Never is an easy task getting this large show onstage. We will make it because the show must go on! Right! Right!
My favorite memory of performing the Nutcracker ballet with IBT is the very first year Ray choreographed it. Can you imagine being the first one to dance a part? To be the first one in a brand new costume designed to fit you? Of course, every corps member had one just like mine. But it wasn’t the same one. And all of us together, we were dancing brand new choreography in our brand new costumes. It was magnificent. Never had I felt so beautiful in my life. My part is special. I performed Clara’s friend as a Party Girl, a Snowflake, a Flower, and Spanish. And I am very protective of those parts. I strive to help the people in them because I want them to look good, doing my part. I, myself, work very hard at the new parts I’m given, because those parts had an original person to them too. They even had multiple people before me. My mother role that I have now was even played by a dancer who danced with Ray at Ballet West. Nobody can tell me that isn’t intimidating.
The best part about dancing with IBT is I’m lucky enough to not get 1 part, but more than one. And some schools, you get one, and you even share that part with another person. But I will never complain if it gets cut down because we have more people. Why shouldn’t other people get the opportunity to dance with us? Can you imagine watching a little girl take your spot that you had originally, and dancing it the best she can? I remember the joy I had when I performed Spanish and I love seeing other people get the opportunity to do it. Written by Tessa Parkinson
Third week of Nutcracker rehearsals, took back seat to a show by the Choreographer Carrie Lee Miles “Gatherings” which took place Saturday night at the Peery’s Egyptian Theater. However, we did do a bit with our Angels and I might say they are retaining and remembering rather well. I worked with Tessa Parkinson on her new role as Snow Queen. I have had Tessa as part of the company since 2003 which was the first year we IBT. She is a very conscientious dancer and thinks about everything, it is finally her turn to shine in this new role.
Imagine Ballet Theatre is now into it’s second week of Nutcracker ballet rehearsal and already the magic has begun. I would guess I might be considered the seasoned professional around here, as this will be the 42nd year I have been involved with Nutcracker. First I danced as a child with Ballet West and then I danced with the company for 17 years, moving from the corps to Principal dancer, and later as a guest artist for Clytie Adams School of Ballet (Utah), Ballet Etudes (Phoenix), West Virginia Ballet, Ballet Pacifica (California), Dance West Ballet (Chicago), Grandiva Ballet (Japan), Tyler Texas Ballet. Eight years ago I created my own Nutcracker ballet for IBT in Ogden, Utah.
It’s hard to believe we are two weeks into Nutcracker rehearsals! This past Saturday we had our second angel rehearsal. These are some of our youngest and newest dancers. In this number, at the opening of Act II, the dancers hold candles. During rehearsal we have the dancers practice by holding a water bottle to get used to the weight. A couple of dancers were holding magic wands. Suddenly, one of the youngest dancers — I believe she is 4 — tapped me with her wand and informed me that I was now a frog. So I obliged her and got down on all fours and started jumping. I asked for a kiss on the cheek so I could become a prince and she said no. Finally, after a lot of laughter she tapped me and made me a prince. Back to rehearsal we went.
Ogden, Utah, August 15, 2014: Imagine Ballet Theatre (IBT), an Ogden-based ballet company, will hold auditions on September 6 , 2014 for the upcoming production of “The Nutcracker” ballet. Auditions will be held at their studios on 2432 Washington Blvd., Suites C & D, in Ogden from 10:00 am to 11:30 am Boys and girls ages 6-11 and 11:45-1:15 Boys and girls ages 12 and up are welcome to audition. Cost is $25.
Imagine Ballet Theatre’s 2014 production of “The Nutcracker,” with original choreography by Raymond Van Mason, will be performed in December at The Peery’s Egyptian Theater in Ogden. Opportunities within the ballet for those selected include Party Boys and Girls, Rats, Soldiers, Gingerettes, Angels, and more. Dancers en pointe may audition for roles such as Snow, Waltz of the Flowers, and divertissements.
The company is widely recognized in the region as providing quality and professional-level performances. IBT received a Utah Best of State Award in 2005, and Mason received a 2006 Utah Best of State Award for Best Choreographer as well as the Ogden Mayor‘s Award for the Arts. In November 2006, company members were invited to perform at the McCallum Theater in Palm Desert, CA at the Dance Under The Stars Choreography Festival where they were awarded the Judy G. Mayer Small Group Award.
When: Saturday, September 6 , 2014
Registration 9:30-10:00 pm Ages 6-11; audition 10:00-11:30am
Registration 11:30-12:00pm Ages 12 and up; audition 11:45-1:15pm
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 photo
Please join us for the holiday favorite “The Nutcracker” at the Peery’s Egyptian Theater in the heart of downtown Ogden, the Christmas town.
The Music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky will be played live by the New American Philharmonic under the direction of David Van Alstyne. Choreography is by Raymond Van Mason, Artistic Director Imagine Ballet Theatre. Don’t miss the incredible artwork that local artist Sherry Ferrin has created for Imagine Ballet’s The Nutcracker.
The Nutcracker is a fairy tale-ballet in two acts, three scenes, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, composed in 1891-92. Alexandre Dumas’ adaptation of the story by E. T. A. Hoffmann was set to music by Tchaikovsky (written by Marius Petipa and commissioned by the director of the Imperial Theatre’s Ivan Vsevolozhsky in 1891). In Western countries, this ballet has become perhaps the most popular ballet performed, primarily around Christmas time. Come enjoy Imagine Ballet Theatre’s version of the holiday classic.
* Discount available to $25.00 and $18.00 tickets only.