Our Company


Ballet Taos is a catalyst for dance in Northern New Mexico. Our professional company promotes innovation, collaboration and diversity through original performance of classical and contemporary dance designed to move and thrill audiences. In December 2016, with the support of our patrons in the Taos community, Ballet Taos was born. Within our first season, we performed four full-length ballets at the Taos Center of the Arts to sold out audiences, sharing the joy of dance with thousands.

Ballet Taos debuted its’ first original contemporary ballet, entitled “Mechanical Nature: Movement VII” in May of 2017. Through provocative film and extraordinary choreography, this work explored the human condition and shed light on global issues we all face today. This collaborative work gave dancers’ a voice and a means to positively impact our community through their art form. 

At present, Ballet Taos has seven professional dancers and apprentices working alongside guest artists and faculty to inspire and create relevant work. We encourage our dancers to give back to their roots, mentor the next generation of dance, honor tradition, and advance progressive ideas in choreography and teaching. By the summer of 2019, Ballet Taos aspires to have a professional company consisting of ten to twenty accomplished, salaried professionals to seed a lineage of dance in Northern New Mexico.



Original Work to Date

Mechanical Nature: Movement VII at Taos Center for the Arts, May and August 2017
Project Relevé Authentic Movement at Parsons Gallery of the West, June 2017
Ballet Taos Summer Dance Intensive at the Mural Room, July 2017
Project Relevé at Taos United, September 2017
The Paseo Project at Taos Plaza, September 2017
Project Relevé at Taos Fall Arts, September 2017
Dancers Captured at FarahNheight Gallery, October 2017
Project Relevé at Taos Ski Valley, October 2017
Desert, Dust and Dancers Benefit at Taos Mesa Brewing, November 2017
Project Relevé at the Town of Taos Tree Lighting, December 2017
A New Mexico Nutcracker at the Taos Center for the Arts, December 2017


Future Scheduled Performances 2018

Project Relevé at Taos Arts Council Gala, March 2018
Opus 5 Benefit for Ballet Taos at Old Martinez Hall, April 2018
The Adventures of Alice at the Taos Center for the Arts, May 2018
Classical Ballet SummerIntensive at Ballet Taos with Jock Soto and Jefferson Baum, June 2018
Contemporary & Aerial Dance Intensive at Ballet Taos & Taos Aerial Gym, July 2018
The Paseo Project at the Space Dome, September 2018
The Adventures of Alice at Taos Center for the Arts, September 2018
A New Mexico Nutcracker at the Taos Center for the Arts, December 2018


Our Company Dancers 2017/2018

Zac Bigbee, age 24
Will Dingeldein, age 23
Zeeme Alarcon, age 18
Madeleine Larson, age 17
Laryssa Short, age 18
Mary Jensen, age 17
Athena Dunleavy, age 18


Our Collaborators 2017/2018

Company Photographers: Jack Mitchell, Daviel Taveras
Stage Managers: Chelsea Reidy, Wanashe Frank
Light Designer: Cassandra Romero
Set Designers: CJ Bernal, Chris Fogden
Set Artist: Genevieve de Vellis
Costume Designers: Megan Yackovich, Rose A. Bernal
Film Designer: Kate Martin
Theatre Program Directors: Adam Overly, Serena Smith
Graphic Designers: Emily Wilde, Geoffrey Davis
Classical Accompanist: Bob Andrews
Contemporary Composer: Jamin Reyes
Choreographer in Residence: Athena Dunleavy
Physical Therapist: Terri Piccard
Social Media Specialist: CJ Bernal
Aerialist Instructor: Alessandra Ogren
Acupuncturist/Nutritionist: Caroline Colonna
Purveyor of Creativity: Crystal Brandl
Student Intern Virtuoso: Simone Davis, age 8