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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

 

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

 

The Winners of the RMCF 2015!

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The Grand prize Winner: This & That by Rodolfo Rafael

 

 

 

 

 

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Second Place: Not Alone by Alicia Trump & Carrie Lee Miles

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Third Place: Except from “Antologia” by Loren Fletcher

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Junior Division: Reflections by Sonya Kryzhanovsky

 

 

 

People’s Choice awards from the audience voting.

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First Place: Meant for the Stage by Kassie Searle

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Second Place: Def.i.(d)ance by Eric Bean Jr.

 

 

 

 

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Third Place: This & That by Rodolfo Rafael

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Nutcracker Perspectives! Thoughts from first-time dancers and seasoned professionals. Part 1

 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!discovering tree

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                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. Tessa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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.

Imagine Ballet Theatre to Hold “The Nutcracker” Auditions Sept 6, 2014

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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