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 Yuma Ballet Theatre 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. 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.
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. 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, Harlequinade and La Bayadere Grande 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) andDanielle Agami (Ema).
In 2012, she joined Ballet Quad Cities as a full company member. For the 2013-2014 season, Brianna was a principal company member with Ruidoso Dance Ensemble, where she performed Sugar Plum Fairy, The Lonely Cowgirl in Rodeo and Medora in Le Corsaire.
Classes begin Tuesday, September 2, 2014!
Join us for Open House Tuesday, September 9th 6:00-8:00 PM at the WAB Studio.
Watch a special performance by our Company dancers
Enter to win prizes
Bid on our special silent auction item
Meet our new administrator and instructors.
We will also announce our Spring Ballet!
Open Auditions for the 29th Annual production of
When: Saturday, September 13th
Where: Western Arkansas Ballet Studios
4701 Grand Avenue
Fort Smith, AR
Times: Girls 6-8 10:00 am-noon
Boys 6-8 10:30 am-noon
Girls 9-10 noon-2 pm
Boys 9-10 12:30-2 pm
Girls 11 & up 2:00-3:30 pm
Boys 11 & up 2:30-3:30 pm
*The cost to audition is $10.
*Participants must have at least 2 years experience
in dance and/or gymnastics.
*Participants must be 6 years old by September 14th.
*There are parts available for boys and adults
with little or no dance experience.
1:00 Shotgun / Lunch Served at 11:30
4 Man Teams
18 Hole Scramble
$100 Per Player
$100 Hole Sponsorships Available
Lunch & Beverages Provided
Prizes will be awarded!
To register, please return the completed registration form and payment to WAB. Click here to download the registration form.
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