Utah Ballet Choreographic Institute

The Utah Ballet Choreographic Institute will not occur Summer 2023. Please check back for information about Summer 2024. Information from Summer 2022 can be found below. 


Ballet Choreographic Institute

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New for 2022 is the Ballet Choreographic Institute, which will run in conjunction with UBSI and will bring four professional choreographers, or Choreographic Fellows, to the University of Utah campus where they will have a chance to choreograph innovative works in pointe shoes. 

The four Choreographic Fellows will each be awarded a 2-week residency, which includes travel, room, board, rehearsal space, time, and 8 to 10 previously-auditioned, advanced-level dancers to experiment and create a new work. It also includes a stipend of $2,000. Each 2-week residency will culminate in an informal showing which includes a professional recording of their work. 

Announcing the inaugural Choreographic Fellows for The Utah Ballet Choreographic Institute: 


Natalie Desch

Jenelle Figgins

Natalie Desch

Christina Ghiardi

Melissa Bobick

James Kopecky


Jamal White


We are very excited to have them on campus this summer working with the Utah Ballet Choreographic Institute Company Dancers.  Read their full bios below.

Also announcing:
Genevieve Boyle, Ariana Fonzo, Eden Heille, Aubrie Nield Holman, Sunny Hsieh, Abby Inglett, Amy Novak, Erina Tanaka, Emily Thompson, and Ryan Stroble have been chosen as the Utah Ballet Choreographic Institute Company Dancers for this summer. 

Contact Melissa Bobick at with any questions about the Ballet Choreographic Institute. 


If you have any questions, please contact us at  or 801-581-7327.