Megan Yackovich

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Director, Megan Yackovich

Megan Yackovich, is the founder and director of Ballet Taos. During her successful career as a professional ballet dancer, which began at the age of seventeen, Megan concentrated on the restaging of classical ballets for professional companies across the United States. She created full length contemporary works and eventually, fell in love with teaching. Her current focus is on the technical development and artistic refinement of young dancers at the pre-professional level.

In the classroom, she provides a nurturing environment conducive to the needs of the young artist, while inspiring her dancers to meet the technical and physical demands of classical ballet and contemporary dance. Proper body alignment, strength, flexibility, consistency in “turnout,” and injury prevention are at the forefront of every class, ensuring a lifelong career in dance for her students.

After retiring from the stage, Megan served 10 years as the Artistic Director of The Peak Ballet Theatre and The Peak Ballet Theatre II. She had the privilege of working alongside her mentors, Meelis Pakri, David Taylor, Mark and Sandra Carlson, Milenko Banovich, German Zamuel, and Valentina Kozlova. Her students have enjoyed the success of receiving scholarships, acceptance to and recognition from professional ballet companies and schools worldwide, most notably, ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School; NYCB’s School of American Ballet; The National Ballet School of Canada; The Harid Conservatory; North Carolina School for the Arts; The Royal Ballet School (upper and lower divisions); Walnut Hill School for the Arts; Nutmeg Conservatory; Boston Ballet School; and The Kirov Academy.

At present, some of her students are enjoying professional careers with Pennsylvania Ballet; Houston Ballet; Ballet West; Colorado Ballet; National Ballet of Toronto; and Chicago’s Hubbard Street Dance. 

 

 

CJ Bernal

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Creative Director, CJ Bernal

Born in British Colombia with his formative years in Taos, New Mexico. CJ attended Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado pursuing a Bachelors Degree in the Fine and Preforming Arts. Focusing in several different techniques and genres of dance from modern and contemporary dance, Suzuki Method Acting and Butoh. Bernal continues to embrace as many forms of dance as he can to expand his vocabulary as an artist, dancer, choreographer, and educator. He has worked professionally as a dancer and choreographer for Motion Underground, Dancing Earth and Frequent Flyers.

Using the raw physicality of the human form, he has been inspired to use bodily impulse, voice, dreams, politics, and everyday human interaction as a muse to create bold and exciting dance. Currently residing in Taos, Bernal is working to spread his knowledge of dance with the community. He hopes to expand the importance of movement to others at Ballet Taos as the Creative Director

 
 
 

Guest Artists

We are so honored to work with these exceptional individuals. Without their contributions Ballet Taos would not be able to stage the productions or train the artists that it has.

 
 

Will Dingeldein

After seeing the works of contemporary Israeli choreographers, such as Sharon Eyal and Ohad Naharin, Will was inspired to take up dance as a profession. Since starting his journey, he has had the honor of working with many legends of American and Israeli dance. He is currently focusing on his career and training as a teacher and will be joining Ballet Taos as a dancer for our inaugural season.

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Alessandra Ogren

is a director, choreographer, accomplished aerialist, visual artist, lightning designer, actress, dancer and teacher with extensive experience in many aspects of the performing arts.  Alessandra is a co-founder and former co-artistic director of Wise Fool New Mexico, a community-based performance company incorporating circus arts into visual theatre. Alessandra teaches circus arts in the US and Internationally.

For more information visit: http://www.penascotheatercollective.org

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