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A note from the Utah Ballet Director...

Welcome to our live stream of Utah Ballet!

Here in Utah, everything is blooming, and Spring has arrived, bringing new hope and rebirth. Salt Lake is becoming green and flowering once again. Like so much of the country, we here at the University are cautiously, yet joyfully, are celebrating new possibilities as vaccinations are available for all adults. 

This series of Utah Ballet can be thought of as our collective desire to grow, transition, and find joy ahead.  In Assistant Professor Melissa Bobick's original ballet, Press Against the Glass, she uses the "... inspiration from conversations and personal thoughts shared by students. "This work is a response to the visceral feelings that we each have in important transitional moments in our lives." Melissa has used the Senior Pod to choreograph her beautiful work and how appropriate the Seniors within the Ballet Program are preparing for their next steps. 

Justine Sheedy-Kramer's creative, original choreography for the Freshmen pod B, Intermission, shows our first-year dancers wonderfully and their joy in their art. The promise of things to come in their dance journey ahead is palpable. Although shared spaces and in-person collaborations can't currently happen, Sheedy-Kramer has created an opportunity that shows the determination and desire to collaborate even during the COVID protocols and limitations of the last year. Justine writes,"The School of Dance and School of Music have still been able to combine forces and create this piece for the screen and stage. While these dancers and musicians must perform apart for now, the intermission will be over soon for artists across the world, and we can celebrate a return to the stage together."

"The Dream Scene" from Marius Petipa's Don Quixote is staged by Justine Sheedy Kramer for the Sophomore Pod and the work ushers in the first of three Petipa excerpts on our program. The Sophomore Dancer's work on the Petipa masterpiece is ideal for learning to perform and dance in the corps de ballet scenes from the classical canon. 

For the Junior Pod, Christopher Alloways-Ramsey has staged "The Prologue Fairies" from Sleeping Beauty. The scene is set during the Christening of Princess Aurora and is an example of hopeful Spring, new birth, and the blessings of the Fairies. The lush Tchaikovsky music and academic exactitude of the choreography provide the dancers with the chance to study one of Petipa's most significant works and to test their mettle in the deceptively tricky variations.  The Fairy Attendants that make up the corps de ballet illustrates Petipa's architectural designs to frame the soloists. 

For the final work on the program, the Freshmen Pod B Dancers will dance "Raymonda Suite" as staged by Assistant Professor Christopher Alloways-Ramsey. This suite of dances is made up of various solos and group dances from throughout the three-act ballet. Original choreography has been introduced to accommodate COVID protocols where necessary. 

Raymonda, Petipa's last major success for the Imperial Theatre in 1898 is a gem of classical technique and character dance. Alexander Glazunov's score is both romantic and hopeful. Please enjoy our Freshmen Pod B in their joyful salute to new beginnings and to their journey in their classical training! 

Kind regards and thank you, 
Christopher Alloways-Ramsey
Assistant Professor, School of Dance
University of Utah

Join us 4/22 at 5:30 pm, 4/23 at 7:30 pm, 4/24 at 2 & 7:30 pm


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Utah Ballet Choreographers


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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. 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. 

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Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Melissa Bobick graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in ballet and nutrition from Indiana University in Bloomington and received her Master of Fine Arts degree in choreography from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance in New York. Melissa is also an ABT® Certified Teacher and earned the status of Affiliate Teacher while teaching in New York City. As a performer, Melissa danced with The Eugene Ballet Company and Ballet Idaho where she was featured in many classical roles and numerous contemporary works. After moving to New York City, Melissa performed for the National Choreographer’s Initiative and was one of four dancers engaged by New York City Opera for their new production of Massenet’s Cendrillon. As a choreographer, Melissa was commissioned to choreograph three new works for Ballet Idaho. Melissa is working at the University of Utah, School of Dance as an Assistant Professor and the Ballet Program Head. She has choreographed original works for the Utah Ballet. Melissa was named a Choreographic Development Resident at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Additionally, Melissa was twice named a finalist for McCallum Theatre’s Choreography Festival. She took her work 135 to the competition in Palm Desert, CA. 

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Justine Sheedy-Kramer

Justine Sheedy-Kramer received her BFA and MFA degrees from the University of Utah Ballet Department. She also studied and performed with Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Washington Academy of Performing Arts, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, Utah Contemporary Ballet, Exit 12 Dance Company, Ballet Theatre Company of Hartford, CONNetic Dance, and Dimensional Dance. Justine toured nationally and internationally with Character Dance Ensemble and Eastern Artists and continues to lead and develop programs with both groups. As an active choreographer and researcher, Justine has created dozens of works in a broad spectrum of styles and collaborative arrangements; restaged a multitude of pieces from the classical repertoire including full-length productions of Coppélia and Don Quixote; participated in a variety of national and international research projects in world dance forms; and published her research on educational tools for collaboration between music and ballet. In addition to serving as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Utah, recent teaching engagements have included Utah Valley University, Ballet West, SLC Ballet, Ballet Northwest, Emerald Ballet Theatre, and the Murray School District. Justine is a violinist in the Wasatch Symphony, where she also serves on the board of directors.