Administrator and Founder of the school in 1970, which later became the Ballet Centre in 1986.
Susan Wright received her training from the late Jean Reneé and has taught locally for 47 years. In addition, Susan designs and produces many of Ballet Center Utah, Inc. costumes, stage sets, and props. Susan is a published author of 2 books and a entrepreneur.
Michelle Armstrong received her early ballet training with Susan Wright and later studied with Willam Christensen. She danced a professional career with Ballet West, Utah Opera and New York City Ballet/Sun Valley, ID. Michelle has been an instructor for over 30 years and is currently the Artistic Director of Ballet Center Utah, Inc. where she is the principal choreographer, producing and directing many one-act ballets. Armstrong has a BFA in ballet-teaching emphasis from the University of Utah, and is certified in the National Teaching Curriculum with ABT. In 2016, she traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia to study ballet pedagogy under Mr. Oleg Vinogradov, Artistic Director Emeritus of Kirov/Mariinsky Ballet Theater-St. Petersburg and his highly qualified faculty of Russian ballet masters.
Michelle presently continues her work with Mr. Vinogradov, participating in his International Youth Ballet Festival “Vivat Ballet!” as his rehearsal assistant, ballet instructor, and répétiteur. In August 2018, she organized the 5th International Youth Ballet Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah, hosting the festival at Ballet Center Utah, Inc. This July, she brings the 7th International Youth Ballet Festival once again to Utah. In August, Armstrong will be on the ballet faculty for the first ever International Ballet Summer Intensive in Incheon, South Korea. Michelle Armstrong also serves as the ballet instructor at the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts in Salt Lake City, UT and as an adjunct professor of ballet at Westminster College for their BFA program
Elizabeth Armstrong has been a part of Ballet Center Utah, Inc. for her entire life. She has danced leading roles in Ballet Center Utah, Inc.’s productions as well as staged and choreographed many of the ballets for “Ballet Under the Stars.” Elizabeth traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia in 2016 where she performed as well as studied ballet, character dance, and historical dance with many outstanding Russian ballet masters, under the direction of Oleg Vinogradov. Elizabeth continues as a teaching assistant in character class and ballet class and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the University of Utah.
Isabelle Armstrong has developed a great understanding for teaching ballet as well as dancing and choreography. In 2012, she began ballet pedagogy under the direction of Susan Wright. For the past four years Isabelle has been dancing lead roles in Ballet Centre productions, along with choreographing many pieces for various shows. In 2017, Isabelle’s choreography was featured at the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. Along with her international status as a choreographer, Isabelle participated for the third year in the International Ballet Festival in St. Petersburg, where she performed and studied ballet pedagogy from Oleg Vinogradov and his highly qualified faculty of Russian ballet masters. Isabelle is pursuing a degree in Dance at Westminster College.
Kaitlyn Daugherty has been dancing at Ballet Center Utah, Inc. since 2003, and is currently in the Centre class. In 2010 she became a teacher’s assistant and taught various classes at Ballet Center Utah, Inc. as a substitute where she quickly developed a love of teaching. This is her sixth year as a faculty member. Kaitlyn has a BA in English from Westminster College, and has attained her Master’s in Education and is an eighth grade English teacher.
Megan Fotheringham has been dancing with Ballet Center Utah, Inc. since 2006. She joined the Centre Class in 2012; she has since performed many soloist roles in Ballet Center Utah, Inc. productions and has had the opportunity to choreograph many pieces for the company. In 2014, she began assistant teaching for two years before joining the faculty in 2016. Since 2017, Megan has participated in the International Youth Ballet Festival held in St. Petersburg, Russia and Salt Lake City. There she had the privilege of studying with Oleg Vinogradov and his qualified ballet masters. In 2019, she traveled to Incheon, South Korea with the University of Utah to train under the artistic direction of Mr. Vinogradov and Jay Kim. In addition, Megan is currently a student at Westminster College pursuing a BFA in dance.
Amber Giles has been dancing at Ballet Center Utah, Inc. since 1999. In 2005 she became the stage manager for Ballet Center Utah, Inc. productions after joining Centre Class, where she currently dances. She also serves as a teacher and rehearsal assistant for Ballet Center Utah, Inc. She has also served as a coordinator and rehearsal assistant for the International Youth Ballet Festival in Salt Lake City, under the direction of Oleg Vinogradov. She holds a BA in Graphic Design and uses those skills to promote Ballet Center Utah, Inc. classes/productions as well as the International Youth Ballet Festival through various media outlets.
Since the age of 13, dance has always been a part of Lusiano’s life. He has been teaching dance for over 20 years, and has had many opportunities to teach over seas. With a variety of experience from Latin, Ballroom, and Ballet. Lusiano trained many hours excelling in dance, which have landed him many lead rolls, and winning first place in competitions.
During Lusiano’s training he has had the privilege to receive world-class training from professionals such as Rufus, Isabella, German Mustuck, Freddie Moore, Randall Flinn and Michelle Armstrong.
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