• Associate Professor (Lecturer), School Of Dance
  • Ballet West Liasion, 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
  • Certification, Ballet Program, Progressing Ballet Technique Workshop



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

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.