Master Class with Marsha Knight

The Cache Valley School of Ballet is excited to offer a Master Class with Marsha Knight on Wednesday January 21, 2018.  For information for the Master Class please see the attached.

In addition to the Master Class Marsha is offering to record a solo audition video for those interested in the Snowy Range Scholarship Program (see attached flier).

They have an amazing group of instructors coming in this summer which includes master teacher, James Sutton.  For additional information about the Snowy Range Summer Dance Festival you can visit their website at:

If you have any questions please contact Karyn Hansen 


Snowy Range Summer Dance Festival

The Snowy Range Summer Dance Festival will take place July 12 - 22, 2017. Featuring Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company

Scholarship Auditions
Saturday April 15th
4:00 - 5:30 PM
Logan, UT
Cache Valley Civic Ballet - Whittier Community Center
290 North 400 East, Logan, UT 84321
Join Co-Director Jennifer Deckert for a ballet class

Visit our website for more information & Application requirements:

Students must complete Applications steps prior to auditioning. Students participating in these on-site auditions should also have a short solo prepared. 

Cinderella and CAPSA - A Story and a Cause Hand in Hand

by Artistic Director, Sandy Emile

Cinderella is not only a beloved fairy tale, but a beautiful ballet that has been a part of the Cache Valley Civic Ballet’s repertoire for 25 years. It’s a story we all know well: a young woman, nearly alone in the world, who finds grace to overcome cruelty and make a better life. First performed by CVCB in 1991, it returns to the stage this year as a story whose ending we all hope for and a cause we can champion. 

To spread it’s message of hope, CVCB will be dedicating this year’s performances to the cause of CAPSA. CAPSA is a local, non-profit organization that works to end domestic violence. Like a modern-day fairy godmother, CAPSA empowers individuals to live free from fear and from abuse by providing options and resources. 

Cinderella may be a fairy tale, but the need to provide safe and caring protection from domestic violence is real. To help CAPSA in their mission, donations will be collected during each of the performances of Cinderella. 

Thank you for your support of the ballet. It is an art form has great power to uplift and inspire. We are excited to share its power with our larger community to a greater extent, and add a little more beauty and grace to the world.


Thank you for helping us share the love!

Bring a Friend to Ballet Class Week

Cache Valley Ballet School is celebrating Valentine's Day with a special invitation this year. In an effort to “share the love” of ballet, we are encouraging students to invite a friend to ballet class during the week of Valentine’s Day - Feb 13-18. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity for students to share their passion, and a way for their peers to grow in appreciation for this beautiful art form.

All dancers will receive a flier and invite from their teacher. Students in level 5 or below, as well as the teen/adult classes, can invite a peer to join them directly in class. (If your class is 2x/week, the teacher will specify which class is open to friends.) Students in level 6 and up will be invited to come with a friend and observe a portion of the company rehearsal of Cinderella on Feb 18.

We this opportunity will be a fun and engaging introduction to the art and discipline of classical ballet.

Summer Lovin’ - Tips for Loving Your Summer Ballet Experience

It’s hard to imagine summer time now, with snow on the ground and below-freezing temperatures, but in the depths of winter, the ballet world begins it’s audition season for summer programs.

It may be surprising that dancers who work so hard all year don’t take a big break over the summer. But summer programs are essential to dance training for two reasons. First, progressing ballet technique has the quality of looking effortless, and long breaks can lead to fading muscle memory, which turns effortless into rusty as flexibility and complicated ballet coordination diminishes.


Second, and more importantly, dancers can use a break from many of their other ongoing commitments to zero into ballet, and under the right instruction, can progress during the summer much more rapidly. This is because lessened academic and other demands free up time in the schedule and space in the brain to take classes every day, or, as in the case of summer intensives, multiple classes every day.

If your dancer has expressed interest in continuing his or her training during the summer, here are some points to consider.

  1. CVCB offers a summer session which helps more advanced dancers stay in shape. For younger dancers, classes are also offered twice a week, which not only means dancers get more classes over a shorter period of time, but it gives them less than a week between classes, so related concepts are able to be taught more effectively, leading dancers to progress more quickly.

  2. Participating in a summer program outside of Cache Valley exposes dancers to the broader ballet world, different teachers, and new peers. This helps advanced dancers continue to be challenged, and to explore new approaches to achieving advanced ballet technique. In new corrections there is always the opportunity to deepen the dancer’s understanding of how to work best with his or her body.

  3. Your dancer’s teacher may be able to suggest good summer program options best suited for your dancer. Naturally, cost and convenience play into summer program choices. To maximize your dancer’s improvement, also consider having him or her involved in a program where he or she is NOT among the most advanced dancers.  If your dancer is younger than 17 or 18 and in intermediate to beginning classes in the program of your choice, he or she will grow so much by seeing how much of beautiful ballet technique is left to strive for.

  4. Many summer programs require an audition for admission. Where possible, auditions in person are preferable to auditioning by video tape. (By taking a class offered by teachers for the program itself, a dancer can get a better feel for if the training is a good fit for him or her.) A successful audition is similar to a successful performance: dancers should always look and do their best, maintain good posture throughout the entire class, smile and look happy to be there, and look at their audience (in this case the judges). The skill of auditioning is essential in the dance world, so even if it is unlikely your dancer would attend any certain program, building the skill of auditioning and performing well under pressure will help your dancer improve.

When it is all said and done, the best place for your dancer is where he or she keeps the love for dancing alive. For some dancers, that means dancing more, and for others, it may mean dancing less, or balancing dance with enough time to relax and just be. So take a little break from the snow and ice to talk with your dancer about the summer, and plan together how to fit in ALL the beautiful dreams for the warmer part of the year.

O.U.R. Dance Festival

The Cache Valley School of Ballet would to let you know of the O.U.R. Dance Festival that is happening over the holiday break in December.  This is a great opportunity for your dancers to get additional training in different styles of dance as well as a performing opportunity.  Registration and other information is attached.

"O.U.R.'s mission is to shine a light to the world on the global epidemic of child sec trafficking, and in doing so rescue children from slavery and assist law enforcement in the prosecution of trafficking offenders.  We place rescued children in safe havens providing appropriate recovery aftercare."

The sex-trafficking industry is a multi-billion dollar industry and is estimated to have over a million kids just in the United states, and millions more across the world.  In the last two years O.U.R. has rescued 549 victims and assisted in the arrests of more than 243 traffickers around the world.

Last year one of CVCB's dancers and CVSB's instructors was invited to participate in a fundraiser to assist O.U.R. in their mission.  Becky Erickson has brought that experience to us in Cache Valley to help bring awareness as well as raise funds to help O.U.R. with their rescue missions.  Here is a great opportunity to get involved and have your children be exposed to some of the best dance experiences Cache Valley has to offer. 

If you have any questions you can call or text (435) 879-3636 or email

O.U.R. Dance Festival Flyer

Registration Form

Nutcracker by the Numbers

Inspired by the holiday classic, “Twelve Days of Christmas,” it seemed time to tally all the offerings of true love which come together to make up one of the most amazing gifts given and received each holiday season: CVCB’s production of The Nutcracker.

Though we only have two “leaping lords,” in the company, our company women total 35 ladies dancing… who are outnumbered again by a public cast of 48! And the pipers' pipes and drummers' drums are replaced by over 90 props used on stage - from the horns, dolls, and stemware for toasting at the party, to the guns of the battle scene, to the flower hoops beautifying the waltz of the flowers. (Speaking of piping and drumming, however, the music for each performance is provided by a 38 member orchestra. What a delight to hear Tchaikovsky’s classic LIVE!) 

Approximately 435 costume pieces are cared for by one amazing Debi King, although she’d probably love the help of 8 maids... if they could sew! It takes about 125 man hours working on costumes to alter, prepare for them for the show, and then clean and put them away again. The average lifespan of a costume is roughly 10 years, and it’s a good thing: it would take hundreds and hundreds of man hours to create a new show from top to bottom. To replace only the short and long tutus in Nutcracker would require over 2,700 yards of fabric!

Over 160 hours are spent rehearsing, so while there are no swans a-swimming, the swirling snowflakes, twirling marzipan, bounding buffoons and all the rest know their steps. And all that toe-twirling is made possible by the ballet boutique in the lobby during each show, with the goal of raising at least $2,220 to provide one pair of pointe shoes for each lady dancing in the company. 

Finally, and more precious than five gold rings are the 1,010 man hours of service rendered by volunteers including (for example): 280 hours by parent volunteers; 48 hours to set up, staff, and take down the Sugar Plum Tea Parties; 24 hours to unload and repack the show once it closes; and 98 hours on applying make-up on performers!

Thank you, thank you, Cache Valley! Nutcracker is a labor of true love! We’re so pleased to be able to share it with you again this year!

The History of OUR Nutcracker Ballet

by Artistic Director, Sandy Emile

If you had attended the very first performance of the Nutcracker, in St. Petersburg Russia in 1892, you might be amazed to find out it became a ballet which has lasted over 200 years. It was poorly received way back then, and not until it’s American debut in New York City in 1940 did anyone pay much attention to this little ballet. Still more amazing is that the fact that it was a young man from Brigham City that would turn the Nutcracker Ballet into a nation-wide smash hit.

Willam Farr Christensen was born in 1902 in Brigham City, Utah. Willam and his brothers, Harold and Lew, opened the San Francisco Ballet and developed a strong ballet school and company there. On Christmas Eve, 1944, they produced the first full length American version of the Nutcracker with the collaboration of their friend and teacher, George Balanchine. Willam returned to Utah in 1951 for his wife’s health, and in 1963, Ballet West, in Salt Lake City, was begun with Willam Christensen as it’s co-founder and first artistic director. Of course, the Nutcracker became an instant part of the repertoire of this new company, to the delight of Salt Lake City audiences.

In 1982, I moved to Cache Valley and decided it was time to use my background in professional ballet to bring the Nutcracker tradition here. Ours began with an Act II performance presented by the newly established Cache Valley Civic Ballet Company, which I founded. Twenty-one dancers performed at the Whittier Community Center, then known as the AVA. The guns of the soldiers were made of painted broom stick and mop handles. Clara and the Nutcracker Prince arrived in the Land of Sweets in a hand-crafted, gilded walnut shell - a chicken wire and paper-mache creation that rolled around on a borrowed piano dolly. The smoke machine used for fog brought the entire fire department to the first dress rehearsal. That was the last time I was allowed to run tech! 

Approximately 300 people attended three shows. The budget for the entire production was $800 and to everyone’s delight brought in $1500, and so the show continued to grow: it became the full length production in 1983. 

As the show grew in size and quality, so did the audience and the budget. Grants from the Marie Eccles Caine foundation and the Utah Arts Council funded the construction of the costumes. Ballet West’s original Nutcracker backdrops were purchased in 1986. And we’ve constructed 3 growing Christmas trees over the last 30 years. We’ve performed in Logan High, on the Kent Fine Arts stage, and finally at the Ellen Eccles Theater when that was opened. This year we will perform for an average of 4000 people, not to mention our school and library outreach efforts.

Nutcracker has become a wonderful community production, created for Cache Valley and performed by Cache Valley individuals. It represents hours of devotion by the dancers, rehearsal assistants, parent volunteers, board members, and so many others whose work create this lovely holiday gift. I hope we will keep the tradition of giving it, year after year, and for generations to come.

Nutcracker T-shirts available to order

All completed order forms must be printed off & put in an envelope with the cash or check for the total amount. No emailed orders! Put the envelopes in the Cache Civic Ballet box upstairs in the Whittier (make sure you don’t put the envelopes in the school box). Only orders with payment included will be placed. No exceptions! No late orders will be placed. The order is scheduled to go to print on October 25th so we can have the t-shirts in time to wear them a few weeks before the show. 

The order deadline is Oct. 24th.

2016-2017 Company Audition Results

Thank you to everyone who auditioned for the Cache Valley Civic Ballet Company 2016-2017 season.  In the attachment, you will find the list of those who have been accepted into the company for this year.  If your name is on this list, please watch for future emails regarding your membership in the company.  

Thank you for your interest.  We wish you the best in your future dance endeavors.



New Classes offered for 2016-2017

CVSB is pleased to offer two new classes for the 2016-2017 School Year. 

Jazz Technique, ages 12+
Christa Harding furthered her dance education at UVU, studying Jazz with Lisa Stoddard. She began teaching 20 years ago, and has choreographed for CVCB's Choreographer's showcase.
Wednesdays, 6:45-7:45

Tap for all levels, ages 9+
Teaching ballet and tap since 1990, Debi King invites everyone to come "have fun and learn something new, making your body move in new ways in tap class!" 
Mondays, 6:45-7:45

All About Pointe Shoes

There is almost nothing more exciting in a young dancer's life than her first pair of point shoes. Dancing "en pointe" or on the tips of one's toes, is the very essence of the ballet aesthetic. So it is quite natural for dancers to anticipate wearing the shoes that make this possible for quite some time.

However, there are many factors that influence the "correct" time for going on pointe, and for some, this means a longer wait. Waiting under the direction of a teacher is best for the dancer in the long run. If dancers are put into pointe shoes too soon, they often develop bad habits to compensate for lack of strength. These habits can be hard to break, delay progression, and even damage the effortless and floating aesthetic that is associated with dancing on pointe. Worse than this, injury can occur and permanent damage can be done to the structure of the foot. 

The teachers at Cache Valley Civic Ballet work closely with each student to determine the appropriate time for transitioning into pointe shoes. This time is not determined solely by age, or even years studying ballet. Dancers should be nearing their 11th birthday to protect growth plates in the foot, be taking a minimum of two ballet classes a week to develop the strength and coordination necessary for pointe work, and demonstrate proper alignment and strength in their work in demi-pointe (dancing on the ball of their foot), as well as in their ankles, knees, and hips. 

So is there anything a dancer can do to rush readiness along? Teachers teaching levels preparing for pointe work will often give class time to developing strength in the muscles used standing on one's toes. Many of these exercises can be done at home once the dancer understands how to perform them properly. There are also foot specific workouts to finely target increasing strength and flexibility in the structure of the foot and ankle. And teachers love when students ask for and do this extra "homework."

Cache Valley Civic Ballet always welcomes it's dancers and their parents to have open discussions with our teachers concerning the readiness of each individual dancer. If you have a question, please ask! We recognize the trust you have placed in us for good training and we are committed to bringing out the best in each dancer!

Message from Sandy Emile, Artistic Director

I am delighted to be working with new and returning dancers this year at Cache Valley Civic Ballet. It is always a pleasure to see our dancers grow and improve. We are looking forward to two great performances for local audiences to enjoy again this year - the Christmas tradition, The Nutcracker, and in the spring, the beloved fairy tale, Cinderella. These performances are not only for the enjoyment of the audience, but build our dancers' skills and confidence on stage as well.

With their growth in mind, we are also introducing tap and jazz classes, which we are adding to the ballet and modern we already offer. [Register for those, and other classes, by clicking here.] With so many of our dancers choosing to pursue dance education in college, it seemed like the right time to broaden their exposure and their understanding of different forms of dance. Just as in music, a study of the piano often leads to easier transitions to other instruments, ballet will continue to be our primary focus, realizing that strong ballet technique makes all other forms easier and more beautiful!

We look forward to seeing you in the studios, at the theater, and around the beautiful community we all call home! Have a wonderful year!