New Mexico Dance Collaborative
to Mar 31

New Mexico Dance Collaborative

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Students Tickets: “New Mexico Dance Collaborative”
Audience Tickets:
“Mechanical Nature: Movement VII”
Audience Tickets: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”




SATURDAY, March 31

4:00 – 6:00 P.M.

7:00 P.M. 
BALLET TAOS presents


SUNDAY, March 31

10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

2:00 P.M.


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Students participating in the New Mexico Dance Collaborative will have a registration fee of $100.00 which includes both ONSTAGE MASTERCLASSES, admission to both performances, and entrance in the YOUNG DANCER’S SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION. Space is limited. New Mexico Dance Collaborative will accept forty students on a first come first serve basis. Please call Megan Yackovich, Coordinator to register today, 575.779.9128.

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(FREE to all students 19 years and younger)

The intent of “A New Mexico Dance Collaborative” is to bring high quality dance to the community of Taos and provide opportunities for young dancers from the region to further their training. The weekend at the Taos Center for the Arts consists of a series of masterclasses from internationally acclaimed teachers, contemporary and classical dance performances, and a scholarship competition for aspiring dancers from New Mexico.

We are exceedingly fortunate to have Mark Carlson, director of International Youth Ballet, and Jefferson Baum, formerly with Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, as master teachers for the first annual New Mexico Dance Collaborative. We hope to continue to use this event as a platform to advertise the exceptional teaching talent that this region has to offer and expose students to training that they may not otherwise have access to. Our chosen master teachers for this year’s edition of NMDC make an ideal pair as they come from completely different backgrounds but have both achieved great success in their careers as dancers and teachers. The events of the weekend will begin with Mr. Baum’s masterclass on Saturday afternoon, Mr. Carlson will teach the following morning. Both masterclasses will be held onstage at the Taos Center for the Arts and will be open for public viewing. Although the masterclasses are open to all intermediate and advanced level dancers, ages 10 – 19 years, students from New Mexico who participate will have the opportunity to compete for scholarships that can be used for summer training. Two full tuition scholarships to Ballet Taos’ summer intensive with Jefferson Baum, Jock Soto of New York City Ballet, and Mark Carlson, will be awarded in addition to two $250.00 cash scholarships. A panel of judges who are experts in the fields of classical dance and pedagogy will observe Mr. Baum’s masterclass and evaluate competitors. Judges will consider each competitor’s technique but their main selection criteria will be personal drive, work ethic, and willingness to apply corrections. NMDC believes these qualities to be absolutely essential in any aspiring professional. Winners will be invited to present a short solo at an award ceremony later that evening.

The weekend will also feature two mixed bill performances at the TCA. The first performance will consist of a short awards ceremony followed by an abridged restaging of Ballet Taos’ highly popular work Mechanical Nature: Movement VII conceptualized and choreographed by Megan Yackovich and CJ Bernal.This show will feature local student performers alongside guest artist Zac Bigbee who will be joining us from Chicago. Mr. Bigbee has also added an original work entitled Discourse to the Mechanical Nature suite which features original music by ethnomusicologist Meg York. This show emphasizes collaborative eclecticism as it was choreographed collectively with the dancers and features video and multimedia components arranged by Kate Martin. The contemporary movement vocabulary and strong political themes of Mechanical Nature provide a sharp contrast for International Youth Ballet’s whimsical production of Shakespeare’s classic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The elaborate and poetic style of the original play are brought to life in movement by the exceptional students of International Ballet School and guest artists Andrew Thompson as Nick Bottom and Harold Mendez as Puck. The second half of the afternoon will feature two short contemporary ballets, Tabula Rasa and Spiegel Im Spiegl, masterfully choreographed by Mark Carlson to the music of renowned Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. The student performers of International Youth Ballet are among the best classical dancers in their age group and regularly go on to huge success in the U.S. and abroad. This show is a unique opportunity for local viewers to see these gifted pre-professionals before they step onto the great stages of the world to begin their careers. 

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International Youth Ballet 

The International Ballet School is a small school where we know everyone and value each of them. Our school is focused on an international level of training enabling our students to dance anywhere in the world. Our students have received full scholarships to major ballet academies across the country including ABT, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Julliard to name only a few. Internationally our students have gone on to dance and study at such prestigious institutions as The National Ballet of Canada, The Princess Grace Academy of Monaco, and The Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. Our students have consistently won and placed in both YAGP Regionals and the New York Finals. They are also among the few Americans to be invited to participate in the prestigious Prix De Lausanne.  

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Taos Arts Council 

The Taos Arts Council is a non-profit organization working to ensure that Taos County has a vibrant, vital and active arts environment. The mission of the TAC is to promote awareness, understanding, appreciation and development of all of the Creative Arts (literary, visual, tactile, musical, performing, etc.) in order to enhance the quality of life in our Northern New Mexico area. 

Taos Center for the Arts 

The Taos Center for the Arts provides and supports a wide range of cultural, artistic and educational activities enhancing the quality of life and reflecting the diverse community of Northern New Mexico. The Taos Center for the Arts is the premier community cultural organization, offering a wide and diverse selection of visual, media, and performing arts serving Northern New Mexico. 

Ballet Taos 

Ballet Taos is a 501c3 arts organization, fiscally sponsored by The Taos Arts Council, serving Northern New Mexico communities. Our company is three faceted; the professional company, the academy, and our outreach initiative, Project Relevé. Each facet supports, educates, and inspires the next. We use dance as an instrument to impress upon our students a sense of purpose, a lifelong love of learning, and a thoughtful, compassionate way of being. Our professional company promotes innovation, collaboration and diversity through original performance of classical and contemporary dance designed to move audiences. Our academy provides quality dance education rooted in classical tradition that prepares students for higher education or professional careers in dance and the arts. Our outreach program, Project Relevé, exists to ensure the future of dance in our community by instilling an appreciation for the arts through progressive initiatives in the public schools and classes open to all ages and abilities. 



Megan Yackovich 

Megan Yackovich, is the founder of Ballet Taos, a professional contemporary ballet company and training academy located in beautiful Taos, NM. 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. It was through this work that she discovered her passion for teaching young, aspiring dancers. After retiring from the stage, she served as the Artistic Director of The Peak Ballet Theatre and The Peak Ballet Theatre II (PBT II) for ten years. Her students have enjoyed the success of receiving recognition, acceptance to and scholarships from professional ballet companies, year-round schools and summer intensives 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); Boston Ballet School; San Francisco Ballet School; Bolshoi Ballet Academy; The Pacific Northwest Ballet School; Pennsylvania Ballet; & Ballet West. Her students have also received awards, scholarships and top placement at The Denver Ballet Guild, The Esther Geoffrey’s Young Dancers Ballet Scholarship Competition, and Youth America Grand Prix Scholarship Competition.


Jefferson Baum 

Jefferson Baum performed with Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballet de Monte Carlo (Monaco) and as a principal with Ballet Arizona, Milwaukee Ballet, Santa Fe Opera and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet of NYC. He performed on tours of North America, South America, Asia, Africa and Europe. He also toured China with Los Angeles Ballet, Russia with Stars of American Ballet and Spain and Portugal performing alongside Rudolf Nureyev. His students have gone on to professional careers with major companies including Pacific Northwest Ballet, National Ballet of Washington, Momix of NYC, Dutch National Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, and most recently Boston Ballet and the New York City Ballet. While in NYC Mr. Baum was invited to join the faculty of the prestigious "Steps on Broadway" where he taught Professionals to children's classes… and Adult Beginner Ballet. One of his favorite classes was his adult class. The students were there because they wanted to be there, were passionate about ballet and worked hard. They also appreciated the humor in his teaching.


Mark Carlson 

Mark Carlson was born in Oswego, Kansas. He grew up in Fullerton California and studied with Paul Petroff and Nana Gollner at the School of Imperial Russian Ballet. Mr. Carlson danced with the Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Canada, the Stora Teatern and Malmo Stadsteatern in Sweden,  the Badische Staat Theatern in Germany, as well as the Royal Ballet of Flanders in Belgium. Mr. Carlson has taught for the Academie voor Klassiche Russiche Ballet in Belgium and the Stockholms Universitiet in Sweden as well as being Ballet Master for the Norrskoping Ballet in Sweden.  He has enjoyed a long career as a professional ballet dancer for over 20 years,  dancing soloist and principal roles throughout Europe.   After moving back to the United States, Mr. Carlson worked as the Associate Artistic Director of the Colorado Ballet Two as well as company teacher for the Colorado Ballet.   He founded the International Ballet School in Colorado Springs in 1997.  Mr. Carlson has been teaching for over 40 years throughout the United States and Europe. Mr. Carlson has won Outstanding teacher four times, outstanding choreographer twice, and Outstanding School ten times at the Youth America Grand Prix in Denver, Colorado.  He has coached students for the prestigious Prix de Lausanne and the U.S.A. International Ballet Competition where his students have won numerous scholarships and company traineeships.


Meg York 

Meg York grew up off-grid near the Village of Los Lunas, New Mexico surrounded by the sounds of Mexican, Spanish, Native American, and Jewish music. Meg has a Performance Degree from the University of New Mexico in Clarinet, Flute and Flamenco Accompaniment, She directs the international music and dance event Tarab Retreat. Meg York plays styles from the Balkans through Andalucia including Turkish, Arabic and Persian traditions.


Harold Mendez 

Harrold Mendez, formally a student of Mark Carlson, currently dances at the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School. He has won gold at the World Ballet Competition in Florida and reached the top five in this year’s Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland.


Andrew Thompson 

Andrew Thompson worked as a principal dancer at Colorado Ballet in Denver. He also served as répétiteur for Colorado Ballet, a position in which he was responsible for running rehearsals and staging choreography.


Zac Bigbee  

Zac Bigbee was born and raised in Taos New Mexico. He discovered of classical dance at the end of high school. Since then he has trained across the U.S. and abroad. He now performs in Chicago with cocodāco and in Denver with Zikr Dance Ensemble.


Kate Martin 

Kate Martin is a veteran actor and aerialist working on lyra and fabric and has fostered a lifelong relationship with dance. She currently works in film in digital media, specifically for the arts. 

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A New Mexico Nutcracker
to Dec 16

A New Mexico Nutcracker

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Tickets Available Here !!

Online ticket sales close 2 hours before showtime. Tickets purchased in advance are assigned seats. Tickets purchased at the box office, the day of the show, are general admission.

Ballet Taos performs our vibrant rendition of the holiday ballet classic, “The Nutcracker”.

“A New Mexico Nutcracker” takes place in the thriving art colony of Taos, New Mexico in the 1930’s. Mabel Dodge Lujan, Maria, the daughter of a Chili Pepper Farmer, and historical friends of Mabel, such as Ansel Adams and Nicolai Fechin, gather to celebrate the spirit of Christmas. After a lively evening of gifts and dance, Maria’s gift of a dream begins. Taos Mesa comes to life with a surreal battle between natures desert creatures. Lead by the Guardian Hawk and Coyote King, the desert mesa creatures are given a choice of red chili, green chili or Christmas. Peace is restored as snow begins to fall on Taos Mountain. Maria travels across the beautiful Northern New Mexico landscape through masterful paintings of Jerry Jordan, Mary Dolph Wood, Julian Robles and Don Ward to name a few. Snowflakes, Hummingbirds, and Georgia O’Keeffe’s Waltz of the Flowers are just a few breathtaking scenes Maria experiences along the way. In this powerful coming of age tale, images of landscape paintings from original Taos Society of Artists and living Taos artists work, fill each backdrop. Take a leap back in time and celebrate the art, diverse culture and history that makes our community truly unique.

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2018 Summer Session I
to Jun 30

2018 Summer Session I

Start your summer of dance with this incredible opportunity to work with leading dance professionals in a focused, nurturing environment located in beautiful Taos, New Mexico.

Summer Session I at Ballet Taos is designed to give students a deeper understanding of classical ballet technique, refine their artistry, and strengthen their physique. World class guest faculty Jock Soto and Jefferson Baum will share their expertise in a small class setting which allows for individual critique and attention necessary to take your training to the next level. The core curriculum includes, technique, pointe, partnering, and repertoire.

In addition to technique classes, this four week training course is augmented by strength and conditioning classes, yoga for ballet dancers, jazz dance, character class and modern dance focusing on Limón, Graham and Horton techniques.

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OPUS 5: A Benefit for Ballet Taos
5:30 PM17:30

OPUS 5: A Benefit for Ballet Taos

Help ensure the future of dance in Taos New Mexico! Join us for an exciting evening honoring dance and the arts.

The night's events will include:

  • 5-course dinner & wine pairing with Chef Joseph Wrede of Joseph's of Santa Fe.
  • Live music with Jamin Reyes & Serena Smith.
  • Classical and Contemporary dance performances with Ballet Taos Dancers.

Seating is limited, to purchase tickets, click here, call 575.779.9128, or email

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Master Class with Jock Soto
12:30 PM12:30

Master Class with Jock Soto

Jock Soto, former Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet and Master Teacher at the School of American Ballet, will be teaching two Master Classes at Ballet Taos on February 24, 2018. Classical ballet technique, 2:30 - 2:00 P.M., levels III/IV (Dancers ages 10 and up dancing at an intermediate level) and classical ballet technique and partnering, 2:15 - 4:00 P.M., levels V/VI (Dancers ages 14 and up dancing at the intermediate – professional levels).

This class is being offered to ALL dancers at these levels in our region. Space is limited. Please confirm your attendance ASAP.

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A New Mexico Nutcracker
2:00 PM14:00

A New Mexico Nutcracker

“A New Mexico Nutcracker” is a restaging of the original ballet “The Nutcracker” which integrates the diverse cultures, history, and beauty of Northern New Mexico. Set in 20th century Taos, historical figures, such as Mabel Dodge Lujan, grace the stage to tell the story of a young girl’s coming of age. Professional ballet dancers, Flamenco dancers, Mariachi musicians, Hoop dancers from Taos Pueblo, gymnasts, aerialists and accomplished actors will be performing alongside young dancers and artists from our community to create a ballet that is uniquely Taos. This annual production, preformed every December, will bring together an audience of all ages to enjoy and to educate our community about the art of dance and to explore the history and cultural roots of Taos. Please come and share your talents with us.

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Master Class with Jock Soto (2017)
12:00 PM12:00

Master Class with Jock Soto (2017)

Jock Soto, former Principal Dancer of New York City Ballet and Teacher at School of American Ballet will be giving a Master Class at Ballet Taos on October 21 from 12:00-2:00 $40.00 Ballet Levels IV/V/VI (Dancers 12 and up dancing at an intermediate-advanced level). This class is being offered to all dancers at this level in our region. Space is limited. Please confirm your attendance ASAP with Megan Yackovich Director of Ballet Taos, 575.779.9128 or

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Mechanical Nature: Movement VII
to Aug 27

Mechanical Nature: Movement VII

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This original ballet is POETRY in motion. The Dancers' Movement IS the catalyst for positive change. Integrating aerial and contemporary dance genres with multi-media elements, the innovative choreography reveals the HUMAN condition. Set to a flawless re-composition of Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons ", This provocative production explores global issues we all face today. The professional artist of Ballet Taos invite you to be moved. Join the mission to honor the relevance of DANCE in modern society. MOVEMENT is essential. ART is important. Be apart of the MOVEMENT!  Tickets: $25 for adults and $15 for Children

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A New Mexico Nutcracker Regional Auditions
to Aug 12

A New Mexico Nutcracker Regional Auditions

We will be holding open auditions for dancers of all ages from Taos and the surrounding regions. Dancers with no formal dance experience are strongly encouraged to attend the audition as casting in our production includes enrollment in a training program designed to better prepare chosen individuals for the stage.

Principals, Soloists, Demi-soloists, and Corps de Ballet. (Advanced dancers who are not on pointe are encouraged to attend this audition. Pointe experience is not mandatory.) Dancers please arrive 30 minutes early to register and prepare. 

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