Curriculum Vitae Biosketch

  • Department of Ballet Faculty Undergraduate Advisor, School Of Dance
  • Ballet West Liasion, School Of Dance
  • Assistant Director of the University of Utah Ballet Intensive, School Of Dance
  • DIrector of National Audition Tour, School Of Dance
  • Member of the Programming Sub-Committee, School Of Dance
  • Associate Professor (Lecturer), School Of Dance
  • Absence Policy sub-committee, School Of Dance



  • Bachelor of Fine Arts-Ballet, Ballet, University of Utah
  • Polestar Pilates Certification, Pilates, Polestar Pilates
  • American Ballet Theatre National Curriculum Certification , Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, New York

Honors & Awards

  • Governor's Honors Award. Ballet West, 08/2000



Maggie Wright Tesch


BFA Bachelors of Fine Arts- Ballet, University of Utah                           2003


American Ballet Theatre’s National Curriculum Certification

Primary-Level 7 and Partnering

Polestar Pilates Certification

Recertification-500 hours                                                            2011

Completed 750 hours of training to certify.                               2004                


University of Utah Department of Ballet

Associate Professor/Lecturer                                       2007–Present

Courses taught:

2290 – 4590 - Ballet Technique                  

2200 – 4500 - Pointe Technique/Variations

3300/6300 - Pilates Conditioning

3000/6000 - Flexibility and Strength

4420/6420 Repertory

6295 Graduate Technique Analysis

6907 Graduate Pointe Methodology

Course redesigned and hosted:

1400 - Health and Wellness

Course Developed-University/Ballet West

Developed and implemented a year-round Pre-Professional                     

Joint-Trainee Track with Ballet West for incoming and existing students-2012


Ballet Ensemble Co-Director                          2012

Grants Received

University Teaching Grant                                                      2012                                    

Thomas D. Dee Endowment for the Enhancement of Teaching in the Colleges of Fine Arts and Humanities Grant                                       2011


2012 College Fair-Boca Ballet, Boca Raton, Florida           

U of U/ Ballet West Summer Intensive Audition Tour-Washington, D.C., NYC, San Francisco, SLC.                                                    


Ballet West Academy/University of Utah

Summer Intensive

Faculty Liaison representing the interests of the University of Utah-2011-2012

Instructor 2006-Present                    

 Ballet West

Company-class teacher                                                       2005-Present

Ballet West II

Teacher                                                                                          2006-2009,2012-Present

 Rehearsal assistant Education and Outreach Associate - Scheduled, coached               

and narrated Ballet West’s outreach program “Ballet West For Children”  2006-2009

Pilates Teaching

Core of Health SLC-Private Pilates coach-2008-2011

Pinnacle Performance SLC-Pilates Instructor. Instructed both mat and reformer classes as well as coached privately.                                                     


Beijing International Ballet Invitational for Dance Schools

Coached and presented two dancers:

 One dancer from Ballet West’s main company (Awarded 3rd prize)

 One Ballet West Trainee (Awarded top 12)

YAGP                                                                                   2010

Prix de Lausanne                                                              2000


Ballet Mistress for Serenade, assisted Balanchine Repetiteur Zippora Karz       2013

Michel Fokine’s  Les Sylphides                             2012                

Val Caniparoli’s Lamberena- Sections for the University of Utah-2011

    Lamberena for Pacific Northwest Ballet   1995

      The Sleeping Beauty (after Petipa)– Grand Pas de Deux & Pas de Trois-2010 

Guest Teaching

BYU Advanced Summer Intensive Principal teacher             2013

Master Class at Provo Civic Ballet, Provo                            2012

Master Classes at Brigham Young University                      2011                              

Utah Regional Ballet’s Summer Intensive                 2008-2010, 2013

(School of Utah Regional Ballet Company Lindon, Utah)



Artist with Ballet West.                                                     1987-2005                   

Principal Artist                                                                    1993-2005


Jonas Kåge‘s staging of Swan Lake                 Odette/Odile-SLC Premiere

                         Giselle                         Giselle-Premiere

                          The Sleeping Beauty  Aurora-Premier

Ben Stevenson's Cinderella                   Cinderella

                           Coppelia                     Swanhilda-SLC Premiere

                           Alice in Wonderland   Tiger Lily-SLC Premiere

Val Caniparoli's   Lady of the Camellias    Olympe-SLC Premiere


                           Book of Alleged Dances Originated and Premiered the duet

                           Lamberena                 Leading Dancer-SLC Premier

                        Prawn Watching          Premiered/Leading Dancer

                           Death and the Maiden The Maiden

Eddy Toussaint    Bonjour Brel               SLC Premiere       

Andre Prokovsky Anna Karenina            Anna Karenina

Balanchine          Theme and Variations, Allegro Brilliante, The 4 T’s                                           Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto, Who Cares, Divertimento #15

     (Leading dancer in all of Mr. B’s Ballets)

Toured Nationally and Internationally with the company.

Guest Artist

Guangzhou Ballet -First International Guest Artist- Anna Karenina-2000                                        

International Gala in Sarasota Florida for Sarasota Ballet Bonjour Brel-1997

Performed in the 150 year Celebration of the Statehood of Utah in the Delta Center before 24,000 people-1996

Nationally- Sugar Plum Fairy                                                      1997-2005


Was coached by national and international choreographer’s throughout career including Dutch National’s Hans Van Manen and Ted Brandsen, Boston Ballet’s Bruce Marks, Glen Tetley, Christopher Bruce, Eddy Toussaint, Ronald Hynd, Denise Schultz


  • Beijing Dance Academy (BDA), Coordinator of a Faculty exchange, 03/2013 - 03/2014
  • Ballet West , Ballet West Liaison, 06/2011 - present
  • Ballet West (BW), Former Principal Artist, 06/24/1987 - 06/01/2005

In the Media

  • Featured interview published in the College of Fine Arts sponsored magazine, Studio. 02/2015.
  • The College-Company Connection Company-affiliated BFA programs provide professional exposure and a college degree. By Laura Molzahn Published in the October/November 2014 issue. Informal connections between BFA programs and professional troupes have been around for decades. But in the last dozen years, some companies and universities began formalizing their relationships, creating joint BFA/trainee programs that provide enrollees both significant pre-professional experience and a four-year degree. In a time of shrinking job opportunities and rising tuition costs, that makes sense. Maggie Wright Tesch, the University of Utah’s liaison with Ballet West in Salt Lake City (where she formerly danced), explains that combined BFA/pre-professional programs give dancers more settings to train in as well as “a college education, a plan B, because a career can end with one injury.” Among the advantages, Tesch continues, is that students have two sets of coaches, as well as twice the stage time as a regular trainee. University summer intensives provide experience and credits toward a four-year degree. While the workload is intense, such programs tend to be small and are often flexible. Still, they’re not for the faint of heart. Prospective students often audition for the company’s trainee program as well as the university’s dance department. They must be admitted to the school’s academic program and fulfill its basic education graduation requirements. Additionally, with few job openings each year, their chances of being hired by the affiliated company after graduation are small. That can be a source of disappointment—but also spur the dancer’s strength and creativity. Essentially, joint BFA/trainee programs hedge participants’ bets, increasing their time in the studio and on the stage, exposing them to a wide array of choices inside and outside of dance and providing a college degree. While the demands are great, so is the potential payoff . 10/2014.
  • I was invited to represent the Department of Ballet in a University of Utah promotional TV spot that was shown on the PAC 12 Network as well as local TV Stations. 08/2014.
  • Interview on KUED promoting the Department of Ballet's production of Coppelia. 03/2014.
  • Featured Company Class teacher on CW's Breaking Pointe. 06/2012.
  • Falling into step: Ballet West and the University of Utah team up to train young dancers By Celia R. Baker Utah’s flagship professional ballet company took root within the University of Utah’s dance department in the 1950s and ’60s under Willam F. Christensen’s guidance. But Ballet West and the U. dance department went on to develop separately during ensuing decades, occasionally falling out of step. A resurgence in cooperation between the ballet powerhouses is under way, and one evidence of that collaborative spirit is the Summer Intensive ballet program, co-sponsored by Ballet West and the U. dance department for the second year. Before last summer, each group had its own summer program. Now they strengthen each other. “It was kind of like a marriage of two needs,” said Maggie Wright Tesch, a former principal ballerina at Ballet West who teaches in the U. dance department. Wright, the U.’s liaison to Ballet West, said the university previously had a for-credit summer ballet program that wasn’t well-attended. At the same time, Ballet West Academy’s summer program was growing and needed a venue. Qualified university students who take the full eight-week program can earn a semester of college credit. That’s a draw for the program and a boon to incoming freshmen in the U.’s dance department. “They get exposed to the Ballet West artistic staff and to guest teachers that teach at both the U. and Ballet West Academy,” Tesch said. “It’s a good way to break into life at the university and a great marriage of the two programs.” Ballet West Academy director Peter Christie said nearly 400 dancers auditioned for the 2011 Summer Intensive; 214 were selected. Of those, about 80 are from Utah, including students from Ballet West Academy and other local ballet schools. The rest come from all over the country, as well as Ukraine, New Zealand and China. 06/11/2011.
  • I was asked by The Salt Lake Tribune to consult on the preview showing of the major motion picture, Black Swan. I was asked to discuss my thoughts on the movie based on my experience in having danced the role professionally. 01/2011.
  • Utah Ballet 10 April, 2010 Hayes Christensen Theatre, Marriott Center for Dance, University of Utah by Dean Speer I had never seen the student performing company of the Ballet Department at the University of Utah, but had long heard of its excellent reputation and was excited to finally get to be able to see them first-hand myself on a recent visit. I was not disappointed. Four ballets were presented: one by Ballet West’s Bruce Caldwell titled “Thru the Leaded Glass;” one by faculty member Sharee Lane, her “Remembrance;” a commissioned piece by Stevan Novakovich – “Makeshift Dances;” and two stagings by former Ballet West Principal Dancer, Maggie Wright Tesch – the Grand Pas de deux and Pas de trois from “Sleeping Beauty.” “The Sleeping Beauty” presents a standard of one type for dancers to aspire to – technically and artistically of its period. For the Grand Pas de deux, (the dancers) more than rose to the occasion. 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. Both had the right mix of technique and stamina and her opening with the developpé front set the elegant tone for this famous work. The Pas de trois...was another showcase for the (dancers).... Founded by Willam Christensen more than half a century ago, the ballet department at the University of Utah – and its many opportunities for its students – is one of this country’s treasures, second in many peoples’ minds only to Juilliard. I was thrilled to be able to enjoy an evening that showcased Salt Lake’s many talents in a setting dedicated to “Mr. C” and to his modern dance department colleague, Elizabeth “Betty” Hayes. _________________ Dean Speer . 04/2010.
  • The Salt Lake Tribune interviewed me regarding my 13+ years of performing Willam Christiansens' version of The Sugarplum Fairy in his ballet The Nutcracker. Having received coaching from him, I shared his views on how he saw the role needing to be performed. 01/2010.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • China. Having recently traveled to Beijing for the International Ballet Invitational, I would be interested in an exchange with a school over there. Having danced there on 2 separate occasions myself, I know they have great teachers who would benefit our students as I would benefit from theirs.
  • Costa Rica
  • Ghana. Raising awareness about the child labor violations and sex-trafficking and putting on a benefit performance in June 2015 with Fahodie for Friends as well as the Arts Outreach Club and local dance companies.
  • Italy
  • Latvia

Ballet West Summer Intensive

Faculty Liason between Ballet West Academy and the University of Utah for the Ballet West And University of Utah Summer Intensive since 2011 . Maintaining the relationship between the U and Ballet West is vital.