October 18-19, 25-26 and 30-31, with four shows starting at 7 p.m. and repeating every half-hour. - See more at: http://swtimes.com/news-photos/thriller-auditions#sthash.MC37Hfa5.dpuf
October 18-19, 25-26 and 30-31, with four shows starting at 7 p.m. and repeating every half-hour. - See more at: http://swtimes.com/news-photos/thriller-auditions#sthash.MC37Hfa5.dpuf

It's with bittersweet feelings that we announce that Marica Porter and Brittany Whitford have had other opportunities come up that they have decided to pursue. Marica is starting a new business endeavor, and Brittany has returned to Kentucky to teach at her home studio. It has been a joy working with them, and we appreciate everything that they have done for WAB. We wish them every success!


We would like to announce our new ballet master: Jared Mesa!

Jared Mesa, born in Yuma, Arizona, began his formal dance training with Dancer’s Workshop at the age of 17 in Yuma and joined YBT as a member in 2000.  Professionally, he has danced with Ballet Quad Cities in Rock Island, Illinois, dancing roles as Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet and The Couple in Tango as well as Russian and Harlequin doll in the Nutcracker.

He has studied on scholarship and danced at Burklyn Ballet Theatre in the summer for 10 summers dancing the roles: Le Corsaire Pas De Deux, Harlequinade Pas De Deux, Espada in Don Quixote, Drummer Boy in Graduation Ball and Peasant Pas in Giselle as well as many contemporary works. and is now an administrator and ballet master for them. Guest work includes Ballet Yuma: Hilarion in Giselle and James in La Sylphide , New England Ballet: Prince Ivan in Firebird and Prince Desire in Sleeping Beauty. Jared has also guested with Gliech Contemporary Dances out of London, England at the Rouses Point Fete de Danse, Ketchikan Theatre Ballet in Ketchkan, Alaska and Abilene Ballet Theatre and Patty Harper Dance in Abilene, Texas. Jared has also worked with the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders and Sheryl Crow.

As an award winner for his choreography at Burklyn Ballet Theatre for his dance “Lucha con el Toro” in 2003, he has continued to choreograph for them in ’05- Present. He has also commissioned choreography for companies in Great Falls, Montana, Orange, Connecticut, and Phoenix, Arizona. Jared has recently been Ballet Master for Ruidoso Dance Ensemble in Ruidoso, NM as well as dancing lead roles in Nutcracker and Birbanto in Le Corsaire.

Jared has a strong creative talent in choreography. His focus on developing and growing within his dance career make him an excellent candidate for teaching, performing, rehearsing
and setting new works.


We would like to announce our new ballet & modern instructor: Brianna Hagar!

Brianna Hagar is originally from Minot, North Dakota, where she began her formal dance training at the Rinat Mouzafarov's Institute of Dance and Ballet Theatre.  She had the opportunity to perform soloist roles in The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, Chopiniana, and Les Sylphides. She was the lead in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Christmas Carol and The Anne Frank Ballet. It was in Minot that Brianna was able to cultivate her love for the art by performing for different local associations and festivals.

Brianna was honored to perform for many years at the Norsk Høstfest, North America's Largest Scandinavian Festival. She has had the distinction of performing with the Moscow Ballet and most recently with BalletRox’s Urban Nutcracker as a guest artist. Brianna attended summer programs at The Kirov Ballet Academy, The Pilobolus Institute and received a full scholarship to Burklyn Ballet Theatre. Brianna has had the opportunity to work with artists such as Thom Clower, John Gardner, Amanda Mckerrow, Helen Starr, Alun Jones, and Robert Mills. At Burklyn Ballet Theatre, she performed solo roles in classical works such as Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Paquita, and Graduation Ball and  Harlequinade Pas de Deux. 

Brianna was the recipient of The Boston Conservatory Merit and the Jan Veen Scholarships where she graduated from The Boston Conservatory Cum Laude with a BFA in dance. While at the conservatory, Brianna had the fortune to perform works by Jose Limon (The Winged), Alwin Nikolais (Pond), and Ohad Naharin (Three). In addition, she also performed original works by Gianni Di Marco (Munecos), Daniel Pelzig (Trio in A Minor) and Danielle Agami (Ema).

Brianna is currently a Principal company member with Ruidoso Dance Ensemble, where she was Sugar Plum Fairy, The Lonely Cowgirl in Rodeo and will be Medora in Le Corsaire in May.



Early Fall Registration Day Rescheduled for

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Fall Brochures will be mailed in the next couple of weeks.  Stay posted to www.waballet.org for further updates.


Regular Fall Registration Day is Wednesday, August 20, 2014

4:00-6:00 pm


Don't forget the deadline to apply for an academy scholarship for the fall is August 1, 2014.

Call or email if you'd like more information about the scholarship application process.

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