Associate Professor Lecturer – Maggie Wright Tesch danced her entire 18-year career with Ballet West, 12 as a Principal Artist. During her career she performed the leading roles in the classics The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle and Swan Lake as well as all the full lengths in the repertoire. She worked with and was coached by noted choreographers including Ben Stevenson, Ronald Hynd, Val Caniparoli, Andre Prokovsky, Hans Van Manon, Ted Branson, Glen Tetley, Eddy Toussaint and Christopher Bruce. She was noted for her versatility transitioning from classical ballet into Balanchine-style works and contemporary ballets with equal acclaim. She performed extensively throughout the United States including The Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap and Art Park in New York with the company and as a guest artist, as well as throughout China and Edinburgh, Scotland. She was invited in 2000 to perform the title role of Andre Prokovsky’s Anna Karenina with Guangzhou Ballet in Guangzhou, China being the first ballerina to guest with that company
While still performing, she completed a BFA in Ballet from the University of Utah and her Polestar Pilates Certification that included 750 training hours. After retiring after the birth of her second child in 2006, she was invited to teach ballet technique, pointe and Pilates based conditioning at the University of Utah’s Ballet Department as an Adjunct Professor. With her kids in school, she was promoted to Associate Professor/Lecturer in 2012 and continues as one of the primary instructors for many of the university’s undergraduate studio courses as well as the graduate course, Pointe Methodology, for which she redesigned the syllabus. She has written and been awarded 2 grants, regularly sits on both College and Department committees and developed a year-round Professional Trainee-Track in conjunction with Ballet West’s Professional Training Division.
She continues to teach regularly at Ballet West for the company and spent time as rehearsal assistant and class teacher for Ballet West II. She is now the primary liaison between Ballet West and the University of Utah for the Summer Intensive assisting with auditions on both coasts as well as teaching. She is sought after locally for Master classes and coaching for which she has been noted:
“It was clear they had received the kind of excellent care and coaching from Tesch that artists welcome. By this I mean coaching in style, approach (what to think, feel, anticipate in each phrase or section), and overall interpretation. (Dean Speer)
She privately coaches all levels of ballet technique including preparing dancers for competitions. She has coached dancers for both the Prix de Lausanne, YAGP and in June 2012, a dancer she coached was awarded 3rd prize in the Beijing International Ballet Invitational and another placed Top 12.
Maggie Wright Tesch is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teaching Training Intensive in Primary-Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT National Training Curriculum.