The next few weeks are jam packed with amazing dance.

Ballet West kicks things off with Emeralds with Petite Morte & Paquita.

Ballet West’s dynamic spring production opens with the Utah premiere of George Balanchine’s lush and romantic Emeralds to music by Gabriel Faure. This is the first ballet in Balanchine’s full evening trilogy Jewels. The program continues with the long-awaited return of Marius Petipa’s Grand Pas from Paquita, an exciting work of classical variations set to the music of Ludwig Minkus. Rounding out the program is the Utah premiere of Jiri Kylian’s sensual work, Petite Mort, set to two of Mozart’s popular piano concertos. 

April 13, 14, 18–21. Showtimes begin at 7:30 p.m. for all evening shows and 2 p.m. for the Saturday, April 21 matinee. Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, SLC. Click here for tickets:

What makes this performance very special is after 28 years as music director and principal conductor with Ballet West, Maestro Terence Kern will relinquish his baton and begin the transition to his new position as music director emeritus. His new title will take effect at the conclusion of Ballet West’s 2011–12 season.

The Utah Chamber Orchestra will be led by various guest conductors during Ballet West’s 2012–13 season, with the goal of filling the full-time position by the end of the performance year. The search for the company’s next music director will begin immediately. 

“Throughout our history, Ballet West has been fortunate to have visionary leadership, and Terry is an integral part of our growth,” said Artistic Director Adam Sklute. “He has served Ballet West with dedication, enthusiasm, a sense of humor and a commitment to excellence. We are privileged to have him remain as Director Emeritus to provide artistic guidance and continuity.”

Rire Woodbury Dance Company closes out the season with Iridescence. Next week we will have a behind-the-scenes video with the cast and crew for an inside look at the show.

In the meantime, consider attending a sneak peek of a work-in-progress: Secret Dark World by guest choreographer and Ririe-Woodbury Alumnus Keith Johnson. Join them after for a Q&A and reception catered by Angela’s Catering. Please RSVP for this exclusive event by calling 801-297-4241.

Thursday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m. Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. Broadway, SLC. The show is free, but you must RSVP.

The dance will premiere in its entirety at Ririe-Woodbury’s Iridescence. April 26–28, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. 

And if you want to be dancing instead of just watching the dance, RDT is holding auditions.

Saturday, May 12 from 1–5 p.m., $10 fee to audition, RDT Studio, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South, SLC, rdtutah.org.

RDT’s repertory spans 100 years of modern dance including work by Duncan, Shawn, St. Denis, Ito, Tamiris, Humphrey, Weidman, Graham, Cunningham, Shapiro & Smith, Zvi Gotheiner, Susan Hadley. 

Positions in this nine member company are for full and part-time work (20–30 weeks per year).

  • Dancers must be prepared to make a two year commitment.
  • Season contracts begin summer of 2012
  • Performing engagements include four home season productions, touring, arts-in-education residencies.

The audition is for advanced dancers with experience in ballet and modern dance technique with at least two years of college experience. Please wear tights and leotards to audition.

Audition will include: ballet/modern class, learning repertory movement, performing a short solo and improvisation.

Click here to register for your audition, and click here to pay in advance.

Please pay in advance using this link.

Stay tuned next month for news on Ballet West's Innovations May 18,19, 23–26 and SB Dance new show coming up in June called Of Meat & Marrow. With a title like that you know you are in for a good time.