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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.

2014 Summer Intensive!!!!

DSC_0370Gary Flannery is here teaching the Fosse style of jazz this makes Gary’s 10th year coming to teach at Imagine Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensives.  He will also grace the stage Friday Night at 7:00 with Mr. Bojangles a role the Bob Fosse originally choreographed for him on Broadway.  He is also, staging his choreography that he had done for Shirley McClain’s show “If my Friends could see me now”.
Gary is teaching, Bob Fosse’s Original choreography from Damn Yankees “Who’s Got the Pain” and here is a link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIiZuAVZH4w
Boys who dance
by Luke Amsden
Some men say it is foolish to dance
I say it is foolish not to
I think it is fun to Waltz and Prance
It is great to express yourself in dance
Especially in the 15th century classic known as ballet
You get stronger day by day
Express yourself-work hard too
And see just what you can do
Gina Artese
Gina Artese, former dancer Pennsylvania Ballet and Susan Farrell Ballet.  Actress in Black Swan and 30 Rock TV show. New York City Aides Activist.


By:Katerina Winkler

It is more than walking

It is drifting with passion

It is moving art

Without dance we are un-human

Without dance there is nowhere to breathe

Without dance there is no freedom

Dance is giving up Friday nights

Dance is giving up your social life

Dance is numb toes at the end of the day

Dance is ugly feet

All of this is worth it in the end.

You may feel like giving up

You may cry

Somewhere inside you keep telling yourself its all worth it.

You may question this thought

But just remember all you gave up to live your dream

Remember the friends you lost when you couldn’t go to a birthday party

Remember the way you felt on stage

Remember the way you feel when you dance

Remember seeing pictures of your friends doing things without you

The way you feel when your toes leave the ground.

Dance is striving for perfection

Dance is a feeling like no other


Are words of dance

Passion is the mother of dance

Passion is the key to success

Passion is frustration

Passion is pain

Passion is love

Passion is dance

oswaldoOswaldo Muniz,  from New York City, has been teach technique, variations, and a new ballet he has created for the dancers while here at Imagine Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive 2015.
Ashley Beckwith

Striving to be that one Ballerina

Striving to be that one ballerina
The one who’s ready to show what she can do on stage
The one who dances with passion and draws the audience up to the stage
The one who keeps on trying and pushing herself forward
She dances with her heart to show her love towards dance
She dances with her eyes to show how much confidence she can have
When she’s performing, she always makes her part come to life
And that’s what inspires others to want to become a dancer too

PhyllissA Life for a Ballerina

By Sonya Kryzhanovsky (10 years old)

A life for a ballerina is when your dream came true,

Something your mind and body is ready and wants to do,

That you will try and NEVER give up,

Something that you will get good at,

And always love and appreciate what your, friends, family, and teachers do for you to be a good ballerina.


Phyllis Rothwell Affrunti is the featured guest teacher this week at Imagine Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive. She is currently a Principal dancer at Idaho Ballet and the Artistic Director of the Boise Dance Co-op a contemporary dance company.



This is the beginning of our inspirational art work that each dancer is creating and then choreographing from.  We have only laid down the backgrounds so far.   Should be a very interesting process.









Poem by Aryana Imani

Dance is the lyrics to a song,

Dance is the trunk to a tree,

Dance is the core to the earth,

Dance is the motion to air,

Dance is the brain to a human,

Dance is the frame to a picture,

Dance is time to a clock,

Dance is the soul to a dancer,

Dance is what holds up a dancers passion.




Emilie Parker will be celebrated at The Nutcracker!

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 ConnectionThe Emilie Parker Art Connection_Finals_Brush 4_Small to support art programs in schools and communities and as a way to honor and remember their 6-year-old daughter.


Melissa Taylor shares her personal Art at Imagine Ballet Theatre Studios Oct 4, 2013!

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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.

Oil Paintings of Dorothy N. V. Smith on exhibit at Imagine Ballet Theatre Studio.

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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.

This will mark the first public showing of her work at age 90.tree collage

Dancers as Art! at IBT Studio Theatre Feb 1, 2013 Ogden Art Stroll

Catherine Aoki
YAGP Denver 2011
Placed 3rd Classical and Contemporary

Please join us for the Ogden City Arts Stroll Feb 1, 2013 from 6:00 to 9:00 and and see Dancers as Art.  They will perform classical variations from Giselle, La Bayadere, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and the Fairy Doll.  As well as new works created for the Youth America Grand Prix semi-finals in Los Angeles California.  We have 5 exceptional dancers that will be dancing for you Catherine Aoki, Emma Chase, Madeline Compas,  Danielle Dries, and Ashleigh Richardson.


Bryan Smith of Only in Ogden a year at the ballet! Julie Myers: Masks inspired by Nutcracker!

Bryan Smith has taken photos of A Night to Remember with the Kruger Brothers, Alice: Adventures in Wonderland, Rocky Mountain Choreography Festival, The Fairy Doll, Peter and the Wolf and Nutcracker which will be on display at Ogden’s First Friday art stroll at the studios of Imagine Ballet Theatre.  Julie Myers has created Masks inspired by characters from the Nutcracker from Clara to the Snow Queen.  You will also be able to view a Nutcracker rehearsal in progress in the studio as well.  Some come and join us for a festive evening.

Hurray! Help the Catholic Food Bank and get a discount for Imagine Ballet’s Nutcracker!

Please join Imagine Ballet Theatre in supporting the local Catholic Food Bank by bringing a can of food to the Peery’s Egyptian Theater on Nov 15 and 16th, 2012 to receive a $5.00 discount on a $18 or $25 ticket.  This helps them and also, helps support the Arts locally.  Come and enjoy an evening of live music with Nutcracker being played by the New American Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of David Van Alstyne as well as all the dancers putting their hearts and souls on the stage.

Featured Artist is Nancy Grisanti Clark for November.

Nancy Grisanti Clark

I started painting in childhood, first in watercolor and then in oils. I put my paints away while I was busy with completing my college education, marriage, a daughter and a career in dental hygiene. Twenty-five years ago I started drawing and watercolor classes at the American River College in Sacramento, California, and I have been painting ever since.

My husband’s job brought us to Utah in 1995. We chose to make our home in Ogden because of its rich history (my husband is a railroad buff), and supportive arts community.

I retired from dental hygiene in 2002, and with nine other brave local artists opened Gallery 25 artist cooperative. It is still thriving on Historic 25th Street. I left Gallery 25 in 2006 to work at Ogden Blue teaching watercolor painting and managing the art supplies.

In 2008, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and in 2009 I had to leave my job and studio at Ogden Blue. I now paint at my home at a slower pace, but I find it gives me a reason to get up in the morning. I also teach a weekly watercolor class at my home.  Mu students have become treasured friends who inspire me enormously and make me thankful that I still have a gift to share.

Besides watercolor, I work in acrylic, gouache, mixed media and printmaking.  I no longer work in oils for health reasons.  My style is contemporary, and I enjoy a variety of subject matter as well as abstraction.  I am especially drawn to the energy of cities and the spirituality of nature.

I have been a great fan of the Imagine Ballet Theatre since I saw their production of “The Secret Garden,” and I am honored to be invited to be their featured artist for November!