Award-winning academy director coming to Bellevue’s Emerald Ballet Theatre

Ballet West Academy Director Peter LeBreton Merz. Photo courtesy of Emerald Ballet Theatre

Ballet West Academy Director Peter LeBreton Merz is coming to the Emerald Ballet Theatre in Bellevue to teach two master classes on Sunday.

Merz was named director of the acclaimed Ballet West in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2015. Before that, he was the Associate Professor of Dance and Coordinator of Ballet at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a former dancer with Cincinnati Ballet, Dayton Ballet, and Louisville Ballet, and has choreographed more than 40 original ballets across the United States and around the globe. Merz has served as a coach, choreographer and jury for several international ballet competitions. He was named outstanding teacher by the Youth America Grand Prix jury at the Pittsburgh regional in 2014, and has twice been named Outstanding Choreographer.

“We are so excited to welcome Mr. Merz to Emerald Ballet,” Emerald Ballet Theatre Artistic Director Viktoria Titova said. “He has his pulse on the current world of ballet, and dancers of all ages will be inspired and invigorated by their time with him. Dancers, do not miss this opportunity.”

The classes will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for 14-t0-18-year-olds and 12:30-2:30 p.m. for 10-to-13-year-olds on Sunday, Oct. 22.

The classes are open to the community. The fees are $15 for Emerald Ballet Theatre dancers and $25 for non-ballet theatre dancers. To register, visit emeraldballet.org.

Emerald Ballet Theatre is located at 12368 Northup Way in Bellevue.

More in Business

A new senior community opens in Bellevue

Crossroads Senior Living offers 185 one- and two-bedroom apartment homes

Winter chill begins to settle into real estate market

A monthly real estate snapshot by John L. Scott Real Estate.

Bellevue real estate market transitions into fall

A monthly real estate snapshot from John L. Scott Real Estate.

Mercer Island financial adviser Bob Toomey plays a classical guitar. Corutesy photo
Music and financial planning

A monthly financial advice column from S. R. Schill & Associates on Mercer Island.

30Bellevue wins VISION 2040 Award

The award will be presented at the Sept. 6 city council meeting

Change to U.S.-backed condo loans comes as summer market wraps up

A monthly real estate snapshot by John L. Scott Real Estate.

From left, Kaavya Manam, Emerson Schrider and Ellen Chang of Happy Bubbles sold handmade bath and body products at the Children’s Business Fair in Bellevue on Aug. 31. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo
Eastside youth entrepreneurs set up shop at Children’s Business Fair

Youth entrepreneurs donate a portion of their proceeds to charity of choice.

Overlake Hospital’s new operating rooms allow for cutting-edge heart procedures

Spacious rooms allow for more equipment, innovation and collaboration.

Courtesy photo
                                Mercer Island financial adviser Bob Toomey recently summited Mount Shasta in California.
Financial success and mountaineering | Financial advice

The steps to achieving financial success mirror mountain climbing.

Selection and ‘healthy’ sales characterize local market

A monthly real estate snapshot from John L. Scott Real Estate.

Senior city staff at Bellevue teach the Bellevue Essentials courses each year, passing on years of knowledge to up-and-coming community leaders. city of Bellevue/courtesy photo
Bellevue opened applications for seventh annual Essentials course

The course is a civic engagement program that takes place over nine weeks starting in September.

Eastside business booms with summer options

Locals can visit numerous new developments this summer, all within Eastside communities.