Guests Artists for The Nutcracker

In addition to the Cache Valley Civic Ballet Company dancers and public cast members, this year’s performance features two professional guest artists. 

Colin Jacob, Cavalier

Colin Jacob is a recent graduate of Point Park University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Ballet. Beginning dance late in his life, he began studying with Ballet Theatre of Ohio. Later, in college, he danced in works with Point Park University’s Conservatory Dance Company. Where he had the pleasure of dancing the works of choreographers including: Garfield Lemonius, Christopher Huggins, Keisha Lalama, Peter Merz, Ron Tassone, Dwight Rhoden, George Balanchine and Nicholas Petrov. In addition, he has performed in the finals of Youth American Grand Prix and at the International Ballet Festival of Miami. Lastly, this previous summer, he was able to be dance with Merztanz, a contemporary ballet company in Pittsburgh, PA. Now, a trainee with Ballet West, he looks forward to the opportunities that lie ahead in years to come. 

Emily Neale, Sugar Plum Fairy
Emily Neale began her ballet studies with her hometown studio in Acton, Massachusetts. After attending various summer programs at schools such has The School of American Ballet, Boston Ballet, and the Chautauqua Institution, Emily moved to New York, New York to train with the famous ballerina Gelsey Kirkland at Gelsey Kirkland Academy. Emily received coaching from Ms. Kirkland and performed soloist roles from classical ballets such as Paquita and the Sleeping Beauty, as well as performing the principal role of Nikiya in La Bayadere with the academy at the age of 16. Emily continued her training by being one of the few pupils of ballet master Edward Ellison at his school in New York City. After three years of Russian Vaganova method training with Edward Ellison and Erin Forrest, Emily graduated from Ellison Ballet by performing the title role in Edward Ellison's ballet, Carmen. She also performed the role of Carmen in the 2015 YAGP Ensemble category along with her classmates, which won the Gold Medal in the Ensemble Category as well as being chosen to perform in the Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow Gala in Lincoln Center alongside dancers from The Royal Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. Emily moved to Salt Lake City this fall to be a trainee at Ballet West.