Master Classes


Every year, the University of Utah Department of Ballet brings world renowned dancers and choreographers to the University of Utah for our popular Master Class Series. Some of our most recents guests include Calvin Kitten, Jeremy Blanton, Roni Mahler, Eloy Barragán, and BODYVOX, to name a few.

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Saturday, November 4, 2017  Marriott Center for Dance
Community Master Class, Intermediate/Advanced ($30) | Check in begins at 8:30am, class from 9:00-10:30am
Community Master Class, Advanced ($30) | Check in begins at 11:30am, class from 12:00-1:30pm
Teacher Observation ($20) | Check in begins at 8:30am, class from 9:00am-1:30pm

SJSusan Jaffe

Declared by the New York Times as “America’s Quintessential American Ballerina”, Susan Jaffe was a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre for 22 years, a career which began in 1980. Prominent in the international dance scene as well, her European engagements included performances with The Royal Ballet, The Kirov Ballet, The Stuttgart Ballet, Munich State Opera Ballet, La Scala Ballet in Milan, Vienna State Opera Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, and English National Ballet.

Ms. Jaffe’s versatility as a dancer allowed her to tackle a large range of choreographic works which included her acclaimed interpretations of the classics like Swan Lake, as well as the dramatic works of John Cranko, Antony Tudor, Agnes de Mille and Kenneth MacMillian. She also worked with and danced the works of many prominent choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Twyla Tharp, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Lar Lubovitch, Nacho Duato, Glen Tetley, James Kudelka, Roland Petit, David Parsons, Mark Morris, Merce Cunningham, Ronald Hynd, Frederick Ashton, Ulysses Dove and Lynn Taylor Corbett.

In order for your registration to be complete, you must complete the following steps:

1. Register Online
2. Pay Registration Fee

Recent Guests

Mads Eriksen

Mads Eriksen grew up in Copenhagen Denmark, where he attended The Royal Danish Ballet School. After his graduation in 2002, he joined The Royal Danish Ballet, where he danced soloist roles in works by Bournonville, Balanchine, Neumeier, Lander and Ratmansky. In 2007 Mr. Eriksen joined Ballet San Jose, dancing various soloist and principal roles.

Mr. Eriksen began teaching at Ballet San Jose School in 2008 and was named Senior Faculty in 2012 and Principal Faculty in 2014. In 2016 Mr. Eriksen was named Principal of The New Ballet School in Downtown San Jose. Mr. Eriksen is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. In 2014 Mr. Eriksen was invited to guest teach at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre’s JKO school.

Stephanie Marie Powell

Professor Stephanie Marie Powell is a California native and Dance Program Director at Long Beach City College. Throughout her academic teaching career she has taught courses in Dance Appreciation, Composition, Classical Ballet, Pointe, Modern Dance, Jazz, Turns, Zumba, Dance Conditioning, Stretch and Relaxation, Dance History, Hip Hop Dance History, Performance Workshop, Yoga and Pilates. Professor Powell is a certified instructor of the New York City Ballet Workout, Zumba, and Body Arts and Science International Pilates with a Dance Specialization. She is the principal interpreteur of the choreographic works for the legendary choreographer Donald McKayle and works closely with him while restaging his works around the globe.

Ms. Powell's dance training began with Cindy Trueblood at the Civic Dance Center in Bakersfield, California and her studies continued on scholarship with Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, Washington and the School of American Ballet in New York City. She received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in Sociology and Education and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance with distinction from the University of California at Irvine as a Chancellor's Fellow, where she was honored with the Celebration of Teaching Award and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. She danced professionally and toured internationally with major dance companies such as the Oakland Ballet Company, the San Francisco Opera, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, Donald Byrd The Group, Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Ms. Powell was a performer in the Los Angeles Pantages Theater production of the Broadway show "Lion King" where she danced featured principal roles as well as performed as a principal singer and actress. Additionally, Powell has modeled internationally for Redken and Trevor Sorbie of the UK. She has appeared on television in the Grammy's, on the Jay Leno Show and has danced commercially for artists such as MC Hammer, Kenny G., Janet Jackson, and Beyonce Knowles.

Professor Powell continues to dance as a performing artist today and has taught and choreographed her own work in contemporary dance and ballet throughout the US, Australia, Europe and Asia.

Calvin Kitten

Calvin Kitten began his dance training at the California Ballet School in San Diego and furthered his training at the Tbilisi Choreographic Institute in Soviet Georgia and also at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. Calvin was then invited to join the Joffrey Ballet, and danced with them, both in New York and Chicago, from 1991-2010.

During his 19 years with The Joffrey, Calvin performed works by Arpino, Balanchine, Massine, Cranko , Ashton, Tharp and Kudelka, dancing many principal and soloist roles including Apollo (Apollo), The Green Table (Profiteer), La Vivandiere Pas De Six, Les Patineurs (Boy in Blue), Les Presages, The Nutcracker (Snow Prince, Cavalier), Parade (Chinese Conjurer), Prodigal Son (Prodigal Son), Square Dance (Lead Couple), Romeo & Juilet (Mercutio), Taming of the Shrew (Lucentio), Tarantella, and Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux.

Calvin received two Ruth Page Awards for his 1997 performance of the Chinese Conjurer in The Joffrey’s reconstruction of Leonide Massine’s Parade and for his portrayal as the title character in George Balanchine’s Progidal Son. He has also been featured on the cover of Dance Magazine and was named one of the “25 Dancers to Watch” in 2001. Calvin has been on the faculty at Chicago Ballet Arts, The Ruth Page Center of the Arts, California Ballet, Ballet West Academy, Regional Dance America, and the Joffrey Academy of Dance, among others. Calvin is one of a few repetiteurs entitled to reproduce Gerald Arpino’s works.

Calvin served as faculty in the Department of Ballet from 2010-2015 after which time he accepted the position of Directof of Ballet West II Company.