Central Utah Ballet’s History
Central Utah Ballet, Lehi’s newest ballet school in Utah County, was founded by the director, instructor, and choreographer, Jennie Creer-King. Jennie has extensive experience teaching ballet dancers, as well as running and directing a ballet school.
After earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in ballet performance and her Master of Fine Arts with an emphasis in teaching pedagogy and choreography, Jennie became an Assistant Professor of Dance at Brigham Young University. There, she directed the BYU Theater Ballet for five years, including developing a comprehensive syllabus for the BYU Ballet Division, choreographed 11 new world premieres, and staged classical repertoire for the resident ballet company at the ballet school.
Jennie owned and operated Classical Ballet Academy in Provo, from 2004-2014. There, she had a wonderful experience teaching young dancers and inspiring young artists. During this time, she also worked as the Artistic Director of Provo Civic Ballet, a non-profit youth ballet company. Classical Ballet Academy and Provo Civic Ballet won awards for “Best Ballet School” from Youth American Ballet Competition as well as winning awards in choreography and youth performance.
After ten years of owning and operating Classical Ballet Academy, Jennie was hired as the Principal of Barbara Barrington-Jones Ballet West Academy ballet school at Thanksgiving Point. There, she helped to grow the academy from 47 students to over 500.
Now that her tenure at Ballet West Academy has completed, she is excited to open a new ballet school of her own in Lehi, Utah.
Jennie has been honored to accept many awards during her time owning, running, and choreographing for dance schools within the state, including the Presidential Scholars “Teacher Recognition Award,” the Youth American Grand Prix “Best School Award,” as well as “Best of State” awards for choreography and youth performing group.
Central Utah Ballet’s Philosophy
Central Utah Ballet is a ballet school offering fully comprehensive, classically based ballet programs. The curriculum at Central Utah Ballet is specifically designed to meet each child in his or her emotional and physical development while creating a strong foundation in classical ballet technique.
When you sign your child up for a toddler ballet or children’s ballet program at our ballet school, you won’t be getting the youngest, least experienced teachers at our school. We believe that good habits and technique start young, which is why our most experienced instructor—Jennie Creer-King herself—teaches our youngest classes. By starting young dancers right, they gain more confidence and potential for ballet. This also prevents them from having to re-learn techniques as they progress through their classes.
About Our Dance School’s Faculty
The instructors and faculty at Central Utah Ballet are all highly trained and experienced, with substantial professional dance careers and degrees in higher education specializing in choreography, teaching, or pedagogy. We know that the quality of our dance instructors at Central Utah Ballet has a big impact on your child’s experience with our ballet school and ballet as a whole, so we conscientiously choose staff that will help make their experience as positive as possible.
How to Get Started
Are you interested in classes at Central Utah Ballet Academy? Explore the classes offered at our ballet school by clicking the “Explore Classes” button below. Once you’ve found a class that works best for your schedule, contact us by clicking “Contact” at the top of the screen or by calling or emailing us today.
Classes for the 2020-21 season begin September 2, and our ballet school is offering a free month of classes during the month of September.