Artists of Fall Utah Ballet

24 October 2019 Published in News and Announcements

headshots 01 03Charles O. Anderson 

Charles O. Anderson, a native of Richmond, Virginia, is the head of the dance program and producing artistic director of the B.F.A. dance company, Dance Repertory Theatre at The University of Texas at Austin as well as artistic director of the critically-acclaimed afro-contemporary dance theatre company, dance theatre X (founded in 2003). He received his M.F.A. in Dance from Temple University (2002) in Philadelphia where he lived previously. Among his achievements in afro-contemporary choreography and dance theatre, Anderson was selected as one of "25 Artists to watch" by Dance Magazine and is a Pew Fellowship in the Arts recipient. His choreography, set upon undergraduate students, has been nationally showcased twice at the John f. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts through the American College Dance Association and he has also been recognized for outstanding achievement in experimental dance theatre by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.


BalletChoreo 03Alejandro Cerrudo

Alejandro Cerrudo is a Chicago based choreographer born in Madrid, Spain. Cerrudo’s professional career includes work with Victor Ullate Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater II and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC). He became HSDCʼs first-ever Resident Choreographer in 2008 and held that position until 2018. Cerrudo's body of work has been performed by over 20 professional dance companies around the world. In March 2012, Pacific Northwest Ballet invited Cerrudo to choreograph his first work for the company Memory Glow, upon receiving the Joyce Theater Foundation’s second Rudolf Nureyev Prize for New Dance. Additional honors include an award from the Boomerang Fund for Artists (2011), and a Prince Prize for Commissioning Original Work from the Prince Charitable Trusts (2012) for his acclaimed, first evening-length work, One Thousand Pieces, in 2014 he was awarded the USA Donnelley Fellowship by United States Artists. Mr. Cerrudo was one of four choreographers invited by New York City Balletʼs Wendy Whelan to create and perform original duets for Restless Creature, now a major motion picture. In 2017 Cerrudo was invited by Daniil Simkin, Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre, to choreograph a site-specific performance for the Guggenheim Rotunda, a Works & Process Rotunda Project commission, featuring Daniil Simkin and original costumes by Dior. Cerrudoʼs Sleeping Beauty, created with Ballet Theater Basel in 2016, was nominated as “Production of the Year” in Switzerland in the “Tanz, Jahrbuch 2016” by the Neue Zürcher Zeitung.


Sj 05Susan Jaffe

Declared by the New York Times as “America’s Quintessential American Ballerina” Susan Jaffe was a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre from 1980-2002. During her performing years, she enjoyed a career as an international guest artist dancing with prominent ballet companies around the world. In 2003 Ms. Jaffe co-founded and co-directed the Princeton Dance & Theatre Studio, and DanceVision Youth Ensemble in Princeton New Jersey. She subsequently served as a Ballet Master for American Ballet Theatre from 2010-2012, before she was appointed the Dean of the School of Dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Ms. Jaffe is also a freelance choreographer and has choreographed three works for UNCSA as well as for universities and professional dance companies across the United States.


BalletChoreo 04Jay Kim 

Professor Kim is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Dance Ballet Program at the University of Utah. He earned his MFA from the Principal with Universal Ballet Company, Korean National Ballet, Korean Ballet Theatre, & Dayton Ballet Theatre. He has been awarded 9 grand prix and gold medals in international competitions in Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, & Korean Traditional Dance categories. Professor Kim’s choreographic works include a full-length Cinderella production, Transcendence, Reflections, Sentience, Metamorphosis, Reciprocity, Remembrance, Enraptured, Binari, Etudes, The Human Experience, & Elegy that have been performed internationally in Spain, Korea, Costa Rica and nationally in Michigan, Nevada, Texas, and Utah.


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Christopher Alloways-Ramsey

Christopher Alloways-Ramsey is an Assistant Professor of Dance at University of Utah. Prior to completing his MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University, 2019 Christopher graduated cum laude, Harvard University, ALB, June 2003. Christopher danced professionally for Boston Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet West, BalletMet and Alabama Ballet dancing a wide range of roles from the international classical repertoire to the works of independent contemporary choreographers. Christopher received the majority of his classical training from Mira Popovich and Dame Sonia Arova. As an educator, Christopher has been on faculty at University of Utah, American Academy of Ballet, Boston Arts Academy, Boston Ballet, Boston Conservatory, and The Florida Ballet Conservatory. His former students are currently employed world-wide in ballet companies, modern companies, contemporary companies, and on Broadway. Christopher was a 2013 recipient of the Surdna National Artists Teacher Fellowship Award. In 2014-2016, Christopher worked in Cape Town, South Africa as Ballet Master for Cape Dance Company and Head of the Classical Ballet Department at Cape Academy of Performing Arts. Christopher has been a guest instructor and repetiteur staging classical works and teaching across the United States and internationally. 


PabloPablo Piantino

Pablo Piantino is originally from Mendoza, Argentina, where he began dancing at the age of 14. His training includes private seminars with Héctor Zaraspe and studies at both the Colón Theatre Ballet School and The Juilliard School where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts. After dancing with both the Colón Theatre Ballet Company and the Juilliard Dance Ensemble, Pablo joined the San Francisco Ballet in 1999 where he danced a broad span of classical and neo-classical repertory. In 2005, he joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and had the pleasure of working with choreographers such as Nacho Duato, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Jirí Kylián, Ohad Naharin, and Twyla Tharp, among many others. Pablo received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance Education from the University of Washington in June 2015, where he was also a member of Chamber Dance Company. During the past years, he has taught at the University of Washington, George Mason University, West Virginia University, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and The Joffrey Ballet Trainee Program among several other institutions. Pablo has remounted works by Hubbard Street’s Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo at Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Ballet Arizona, George Mason University, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Tulsa Ballet. He has also restaged, with his wife Penny Saunders, Jardí Tancat by choreographer Nacho Duato, both at the University of Washington and at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Pablo is very excited to be joining the faculty of the School of Dance at the University of Utah as an Assistant Professor in the Fall of 2017.

MAggieMaggie Wright Tesch 

Maggie Wright Tesch danced her entire 18-year career with Ballet West, 12 as a Principal Artist. During her career she performed the principal roles in all the full lengths in the repertoire and was coached by noted choreographers including Ben Stevenson, Ronald Hynd, Val Caniparoli, Andre Prokovsky, Hans Van Manen, Ted Brandsen, Glen Tetley, Eddy Toussaint and Christopher Bruce. She was noted for her versatility transitioning from classical ballet into Balanchine-style works and contemporary ballets with equal acclaim and participated in numerous works originally created on her for the company. She performed extensively throughout the United States including on such stages as The Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap and Art Park in New York as well as in the 2002 Cultural Olympiad with the company. She performed at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland as well as throughout China. She was invited in 2000 to perform the title role of Andre Prokovsky’s Anna Karenina with Guangzhou Ballet in Guangzhou, China being the first ballerina to guest with that company.

While still performing, she completed the BFA in Ballet from the University of Utah. She also earned her Polestar Pilates Certification that included 750 training hours. Retiring in 2006, she was invited to teach ballet technique, pointe and Pilates based conditioning at the University of Utah’s Ballet Department as an Adjunct Professor. She was promoted full-time to Associate Professor/Lecturer in 2012 continuing as one of the primary instructors for many of the university’s undergraduate studio courses. Her teaching has expanded to include teaching Ballet Methodology, Pedagogy and Teaching Practicums. She has written/co-written and been awarded 4 grants, regularly sits on both College and Department committees and for the 2013-2014 academic year, she was responsible for arranging a teacher exchange between the U and the prestigious Beijing Dance Academy.

Maggie is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teaching Training Intensive in Primary-Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT National Training Curriculum. She continues to teach regularly at Ballet West for the company, Ballet West II and for the Academy when available. Her classes were featured on the CW series, Breaking Pointe, Season 1. She spent time as rehearsal assistant and coach for Ballet West II and currently is the primary liaison between Ballet West and the University of Utah. She has adjudicated for the Ballet West/University of Utah Summer Intensive since 2011. In 2012 she developed a year-round Professional Trainee-Track in conjunction with Ballet West Academy’s Professional Training Division.