Barbara Hamblin

Professor Emeritus

Barbara Hamblin was a charter member of the Utah Civic Ballet and principal ballerina with Ballet West from 1964 to 1972. She received her early training from Edna Howell in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Her principal teachers in Utah were Willam Christensen, Mattlyn Gavers, Gordon Paxman and Bené Arnold. Barbara met with critical success in several leading roles including Balanchine’s Serenade, Concerto Barocco,Symphony in C, and Willam Christensen’s Coppelia, Cinderella and Firebird. Professor Hamblin began teaching as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Ballet, University of Utah, in 1972, and taught for the Academic Outreach and Education program from 1972 until 1984. From 1980 to 1984 she also directed the pre-university ballet program for students ages 8 to 18. She accepted a full-time teaching position in 1984 and was appointed chairwoman of the Department of Ballet in 1988, serving in this capacity until 2000. She taught ballet technique, pointe, pedagogy, ballet history and the dance fitness and injuries course until her retirement in 2007. She currently teaches ballet history, a fully online course, which fulfills the Fine Arts requirement for General Education for non-majors and is required for ballet majors. Barbara enjoyed working with students and served as undergraduate advisor for ballet for many years.

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