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 21 and 22 at 7:30 pm. Peoples choice voting will take place on Feb 21st show and Awards will take place on the Feb 22, 2014
Tawna Halbert, Satellite, Junction Dance, Ogden, Utah
Summer Robertson,Keeping up with Joneses, St. George Dance Company, St. George, Utah
Rodolfo Rafael, Case #07051990, Rafael Contemporary Dance, Clearfield, Utah
Jessica Skagen, Struggle:verb:to contend with an adversary or opposing force, Weber State Dance, Farmington Utah
Sarah Longoria, Adrift, Municipal Ballet Company, Salt Lake City, Utah
Denise Purvis, To the End, Shifting Velocity Dance, Cedar City, Utah
Carrie Miles, The Bench, Imagine Ballet Theatre, Las Vegas, Nevada
Jessica Haslip, G.F.R., Weber State Dance, Ogden, Utah
Erin McMahon, Somewhere in the Middle, University of Utah Dance Dept, Salt Lake City, Utah
Rodolfo Rafael, Press Play, Rafael Contemporary Dance, Clearfield, Utah
Ellie Hanagarne, Inverted Out, Municipal Ballet Company, Salt Lake City, Utah
Abigail Hardin, Uplifted, Imagine Ballet Theatre, Nixa, Mousouri
Sierra Miles, Finding Family, Imagine Ballet Theatre, Las Vegas, Nevada
JR Simmons lives in Northern Utah with his wife and 4 boys. He loves spending time with his family and coaching his kids in all of their different sports. He is an avid gamer and is very excited that his boys are picking up on his hobby. JR was recently introduced to triathlons and has since found that he loves the sport. Most nights he can be found either sitting down with a good game or hunched over his iPad writing.
Juli Caldwell has a degree in English from Weber State University. She is the author of Psyched, a YA paranormal novel; a funny little novella called Arms Wide Open; and Beyond Perfection, a latter-day romance. She also freelances as an editor for kicks. She lives near the shores of the Great Salt Lake with her husband, two bookworm daughters, and a dog who sheds too much.
Imagine Ballet Theatre will celebrate the life of Utah native Emilie Parker, one of the 20 children taken in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, at a performance of the Nutcracker on December 21, 2013 at Peery’s Egyptian Theater to raise money for her organization.
Emilie’s parents, Robbie and Alissa Parker, created The Emilie Parker Art Connection to support art programs in schools and communities and as a way to honor and remember their 6-year-old daughter.
Hazel Clarke and the Karios Dance Company will present an evening of dance on Oct 12, 2013 at Peery’s Egyptian Theater at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available for $15.00 reserved seating. All Utah High school dance classes may get in for $7.50 by mentioning High School Dance at the box office.
The full-length production will explore the complexities and aspects of mental illness and its effect on society as well as the individual himself. As the audience takes a tour through the fictional facilities of Sunny-ville Mental Health Institute, they meet colorful characters as well as lost souls, and experience both the archaic and cutting-edge methods of psychiatric treatment used throughout history as well as today.
www.kairosdancecompany.com for more info about Kairos Dance Company
Sponsoring the evening: Imagine Ballet Theatre, Peery’s Egyptian Theater, Utah Dance Educators Organization, Weber State Dance Department, Ben Lomond Suites Hotel, Only in Ogden, Ogden City, Utah Division of Arts and Museums and NamiUtah.
www.namiut.org for more info on Mental Health in Utah.
Like in Many artistic areas. one must have learned the technique first before allowing the creativeness to flow. In the creative side of art it just so happens that emotions influence much of the work. I was a victim of domestic violence for many years and from that experience I have released the hurt, sorrow and anger into my paintings. The ability to share those paintings with others helps me heal.
Oil Paintings of Dorothy N. V. Smith on exhibit at Imagine Ballet Theatre Studio.
Dorothy N. V. Smith was born and raised in Salt Lake City. She has always liked the arts and drawing. She has worked with many different forms of art. They range from drawings and oil painting to making flowers; arranging flower centerpieces, corsages, bouquets, upholstery and refinishing and tole and porcelain painting.
She has always love to decorate and create beautiful things. Drawing and painting were always her first love. She has many oil paintings of her grandchildren when they were young.
Dorothy started oil painting in 1968, when a young neighbor, who was attending the U of U as an art student, asked if she would like to learn. This young artist was Ken Baxter, now a renowned Utah artist.
Some of her Instructors over the years have been Kay Fitzgerald Smith, Eleanor Zimmerman, and Floyd E. Breinholt. Dorothy’s paintings show her love for nature and detail. A variety of mountain scenes and streams give a feeling of serenity. Other works include The Girl in Red and Navajo Woman. One of her paintings is in the permanent collection of the VA Hospital in Salt Lake City.
The beauty of dance is beautiful as the universe, as the sun and shines every morning upon awakening, the dance is all passion and love for her, where you express your feelings, is that I’ve been in my soul. I encouraged at all time, if you concentrate and elevate your thought got here away let yourself go for the music and movements, the dancers are what make and give joy, is what the heart expresses do not let go live with her dance, live dance, enjoy it more and more , love dance.
Maria Alejandra Mendez from Bogota, Columbia age 14
I’ve Been Dancing for All My Life
by Abby Hardin
I’ve been dancing for all my life and what do I have to show:
some battered feet, a vulnerable heart, and an unassured ego.
You look in the mirror
and cringe in fear
of the image reflected back.
You make a mistake,
and your insides quake,
embarrassed of the skills that you lack.
As you stand in row,
your envy grows,
as everyone else seems to put on a show.
You think that you are progressing too slow,
and every critique feels like a final blow.
What am I doing?
Why am I here?
My heart is renewing
all my old fears.
Why do I do this day after day?
What has it brought me but stress and decay?
I should just leave without any delay.
But no matter what, I always will stay,
time after time, day after day.
I shrug on the leotard, pull on the tights,
and tell myself that it will turn out all right.
My own insecurities made me lose sight
of why I dance each and every night.
For when this first started,
when my first dance class began,
I had a dream of being the best dancer I can.
Visions of elegance and beauty swept through my head,
and I twirled ‘round my room instead of going to bed.
And now I’ve seen glimpses, a fleeting glance,
of how I’ve always wished I that could dance.
And every new day, I get the chance
to see how far that I can advance.
I’ve come a long way since I first began,
but I’m only beginning to understand
that dance may be hard and scary and tough.
It will beat you down before it builds you back up.
The journey is difficult, the road long.
But it’s worth every minute because it’s where I belong.
I’ve been dancing for all my life and what do I have to show:
some iron feet, a hopeful heart, and the boundless ability to grow.
Gary Flannery will be joining IBT Summer Intensive next week so get your Fosse on!
IBT is pleased to announce that several of our artists have received scholarships and awards as a result of their participation in national competitions so far this year. These include Youth America Grand Prix in Los Angeles, Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York City, and American Ballet Competition in Boston.
Awarded scholarship to Ballet Austin Summer Intensive, 2013; American Ballet Competition 2013 – Placed 2nd in contemporary category; Scholarship to Atlanta Ballet, summer 2014.
Youth America Grand Prix New York Finals 2013. Awarded Scholarship to the Rock School of Dance Education, summer 2013; American Ballet Competition 2013. – Awarded the Bournonville Academy Summer in Biarritz, France, 2014.
American Ballet Competition 2013. – Awarded scholarship to Interlochen Arts Academy Summer Camp 2014.
All Three were awarded scholarships to Interlochen Arts Academy Year.
Raymond Van Mason, American Ballet Competition 2013. Awarded Excellence in Teaching and 3rd place for the ensemble work in “Turning Back.”
As a result of the experience in Boston, IBT is also pleased to welcome Maria Alejandra, from Bogota, Colombia, as a scholarship recipient for the Summer Intensive program at IBT.
Imagine Ballet Theatre will be hosting their Summer Intensive from July 8th to August 9th, , at IBT Studios, 2432 Washington Blvd. Ogden Utah.
Guest Teachers will include:
Gary Flannery, former star of Broadway and movies, including All That Jazz; Oswaldo Muniz, former dancer for Pennsylvania Ballet, Oklahoma Ballet, and Edward Villella and Dancers; Allynne Noelle, principal dancer for the Los Angeles Ballet and former soloist with Miami City Ballet; and others!
This is a fabulous opportunity for dancers to focus on their art and receive individual expert instruction in a variety of dance genres. A past participant stated, “Summer at IBT changed me as a dancer. It gave me the skills and the confidence to really believe in myself as a performing artist.”
About Imagine Ballet Theatre
Raymond Van Mason, Artistic Director, created IBT in 2004, to offer the company of dancers an opportunity to work with professional artists and foster professional performing experiences. IBT encourages involvement in the arts through The School of Imagine Ballet Theatre and the performing company. Imagine Ballet Theatre has gained national and state recognition by receiving the 2005 Utah Best of State Award for Best Children’s Performing Group, as well as invitations in 2004 & 2006, to perform at “Dance Under The Stars Choreography Festival” at the McCallum Theater in Palm Desert, CA. They returned from the 2006 competition with the Judy G. Mayer Award for Small Groups. In 2005, the company received a certificate of recognition from the Ogden City Council for their contribution to Ogden’s art community. For 2007, the company has been awarded a Utah Performing Arts Touring Grant from the Utah Arts Council. Dancers within the company have received recognition and summer scholarships from prestigious ballet companies such as: American Ballet Theater (NYC), Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet (Seattle) The Rock for Dance Education (PA), and others, Ballet Austin, Atlanta Ballet, Bournonville Academy Biarritz (France), Interlochen Center for the Arts, and others.