Maggie Wright Tesch

BalletSummer Dance

Maggie Wright Tesch retired from her 18-year career with Ballet West in 2006. She spent 12 years as a Principal Artist and was noted for her versatility transitioning from classical ballet into Balanchine-style works and contemporary ballets with equal acclaim. In 2003 she completed a B.F.A. in Ballet from the University of Utah and her Polestar Pilates Certification that included 750 training hours. In 2006, she was invited to teach ballet technique, pointe and Pilates based conditioning at the Department of Ballet as an Adjunct Professor.

Promoted to Associate Professor/Lecturer in 2012, she continues as one of the primary instructors for many of the university’s undergraduate studio courses. Wright Tesch is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teaching Training Intensive in Primary-Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT National Training Curriculum. Her teaching has expanded to include Ballet and Pointe Methodology as well the Teaching Practicums. She is the primary author of the Ballet Program’s Steps of Study that is used in leveling and grading the students.

Wright Tesch mentors and prepares dancers for performances and select competitions. She has coached dancers for both the Prix de Lausanne, YAGP and in June 2012, a dancer she coached was awarded third prize in the Beijing International Ballet Invitational and another placed Top 12.

Wright Tesch has been awarded four grants and regularly sits on both College and School of Dance committees. In 2012 she developed a year-round Joint Trainee program in conjunction with Ballet West’s Professional Training Division. Demonstrating her commitment to providing opportunities for her students and community to receive the most current teacher training, she arranged for the American Ballet Theatre's National Training Curriculum to be presented on campus in June of 2014 and again in March of 2017. She also has become certified in the Progressing Ballet Technique which works holistically to train dancers out of damaging habits and improve over all stability.


B.F.A. BalletUniversity of Utah