Danielle Thompson

Ballet

Danielle began her training at age 5 at a local dance school. She began with tap, jazz, lyrical and ballet. She fell in love with ballet and at age 9 she tried out and made Ballet West Nutcracker under the direction of Bene Arnold. She was able to perform in that same production for the next 8 years as well as the University of Utah’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ballet West’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

She auditioned and was accepted into Ballet West Academy under the direction of Bene Arnold. From there, she was invited to perform in Ballet West’s production of Sleeping Beauty. She auditioned for summer intensive programs throughout the country and was accepted to many such as American Ballet Theater, Walnut Hill, Long Beach Arts Center, Boston Ballet, Nutmeg conservatory, Austin Ballet, Ballet West and was offered partial scholarships to attend. She had the privilege of learning and performing Balanchine choreography such as Who Cares and Agon with Ballet West Academy.

She auditioned and was accepted as a high school student into the Ballet Program at the University of Utah. She had the privilege of working with University staff and guest teachers such as Aspen Ballet company members, company dancers with Ballet West and many more. She was able to also participate in the character ensemble program with Rick Wacko and was offered a scholarship. She has had the privilege of working and performing with prestigious choreographers and teachers such as Otto Neubert, Conrad and Joyce Ludlow, Bene Arnold, Sharee Lane, Maureen Laird, Bruce Caldwell, Jane Wood-Smith and many others. She enjoys teaching upper level ballet classes and pointe with an emphasis on correct technique and core placement. More recently Danielle completed her degree with BYU-I in University Studies with a minor in Public Health. She has also been accepted to study with the prestigious Royal Ballet of London to attend a teacher’s training course in June 2021 and is completing PBT training.  She hopes that her students learn to gain respect, discipline, and a passion for ballet in her class.

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