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.

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