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Ariel Wright

PRINCIPAL DANCER

Ariel Wright began training at Jacqueline's School of Ballet at the age of six under the direction of Jacqueline Colledge, Heather Gray, and Brittnee Squires. She attended Regional Dance America/Pacific (now Ballet Alliance) from the years 2005-2010 as an honor student. In 2010, she attended Atlanta Ballet’s summer intensive on a full scholarship. She received awards at Youth America Grand Prix where she was placed in the Top Twelve in the contemporary division. In 2009, she joined Utah Metropolitan Ballet, formerly known as Utah Regional Ballet, where she has performed soloist roles in choreography by Jacqueline Colledge including Tiger Lily in Peter Pan, Bright Eyes in The Legend of Timpanogos, and Waltz of the Flowers Soloist in Nutcracker. She has also performed soloist roles in Heather Gray’s Poetic Motion and Other Side of the Door, Brittnee Squires’ Blink, Russian Girl Soloist in George Balanchine’s Serenade and Jumping Girl in George Balanchine’s Who Cares. Ariel earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Ballet Emphasis, from Utah Valley University in 2014 where she also received the Award of Merit in Ballet. Ariel also enjoys choreographing with her works receiving awards at Youth America Grand Prix and Utah Metropolitan Ballet's Choreography Design Competition, as well as being invited to perform at Ballet Alliance Festivals and at Young Tanzsommer in Europe.