Ballet Des Moines is a ballet company based in Des Moines, Iowa.

Ballet Des Moines
General information
NameBallet Des Moines
Previous namesBallet Theatre of Des Moines
Year founded2002
Founding artistic directorJulie Grooters
LocationDes Moines, Iowa
Principal venueHoyt Sherman Place
Artistic staff
Artistic DirectorTom Mattingly

History edit

The company was founded in 2002 as the Ballet Theatre of Iowa. Previously, the city had been served for by Ballet Iowa for three decades; however, that company had gone defunct in 1997 following financial mismanagement[1] Ballet Des Moines staged its first show, The Nutcracker, that winter and its first spring show, Swan Lake and Divertimento, the following spring.[2]

In 2005, Serkan Usta, a longtime star of Tulsa Ballet, was named artistic director. In 2006, the company renamed itself Ballet Des Moines. In 2012, the company hired its own professional resident dancers for the first time.[3]

In November, 2021, Tom Mattingly was named Artistic Director of Ballet Des Moines.

Performances edit

Ballet Des Moines perform at various locations in Des Moines, most often at Hoyt Sherman Place and the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines.

Education and development edit

Ballet Des Moines II, formed in 2009, is a corps of pre-professional dancers who represent the organization through community outreach events and public performances.[4] In addition, Ballet Des Moines offers classes for students ages 13–18. The annual production of The Nutcracker uses more than 350 local young dancers.[5]

Ballet Des Moines also offers a trainee program for dancers ages 18-24 who are working towards becoming professional dancers. This program gives trainees the opportunity to dance with company as well as hone their skills in order to prepare them for a professional career.[6]

Dancers edit

As of 2023, Ballet Des Moines consists of ten company dancers, two apprentices, and seven trainees:

  • Amelia Grubb Hillman
  • Logan Hillman
  • Chiyo Nishida
  • Cameron Miller
  • Kate Anderson
  • Rune Houchin
  • Savannah Cox
  • Noah Klarck
  • Megan Boyette
  • Eddie Kidd
  • Andrea Stephanie Mish
  • Thomas Montgomery
  • Olivia Brown
  • Melissa Dahms
  • Marissa Doke
  • Riley Fenlon
  • Cora Miller
  • Morgan Montour
  • Jordan Powers[7]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Ready to Leap". 24 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Ballet des Moines Performance Repertoire || Ballet des Moines". Archived from the original on 2014-02-21. Retrieved 2013-10-29.
  3. ^ "Nonprofit: Ballet des Moines".
  4. ^ "Ballet des Moines || Ballet des Moines II and Company Structure". Archived from the original on 2013-10-30. Retrieved 2013-10-29.
  5. ^ "Ballet des Moines Education || Ballet des Moines". Archived from the original on 2013-12-27. Retrieved 2013-10-29.
  6. ^ "Trainee Program". Ballet Des Moines. Retrieved 2023-11-26.
  7. ^ "Our Dancers". Ballet Des Moines. Retrieved 2023-11-26.

External links edit