Maggie Wright Tesch

Professor Lecturer

Phone: 801-581-8231

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.

She is sought after for master classes, summer intensives and adjudications for ballet schools around the region. She was a Distinguished Judge at the Denver Ballet Guild’s Young Dancer Competition in March 2013, taught at BYU’s Advanced Summer Intensive in July of 2013. In January 2014 she was invited to teach 2 master classes at The French Academie of Ballet in New York City and most recently was part of the Distinguished Faculty invited to RDA/Pacific in Spokane Washington. Demonstrating her commitment to providing diverse opportunities for her students and community, she arranged for the American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum to be presented on campus in June of 2014. During the course she assisted the co-author of the curriculum, Raymond Lukens, and was invited to proctor the oral exams at his request. She also redesigned the Pedagogy and Teaching Practicum syllabi to allow students to learn the most current teacher training and receive credit upon passing the course.

She is continually sought after for coaching all levels of ballet technique for which she has been noted:

“It was clear they had received the kind of excellent care and coaching from Tesch that artists welcome. By this I mean coaching in style, approach (what to think, feel, anticipate in each phrase or section), and overall interpretation. (Dean Speer)

She mentors and prepares dancers for performances and select competitions. She has coached dancers for both the Prix de Lausanne, YAGP and in June 2012, a dancer she coached was awarded 3rd prize in the Beijing International Ballet Invitational and another placed Top 12.


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