FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 12, 2017





Michele Wiles Chosen To Choreograph And Perform New Work With University Of Utah


  • Wiles is Artistic Director of BalletNext, Former American Ballet Theater Principal Dancer
  • University of Utah School of Dance is one of the largest and oldest dance performing arts programs

SALT LAKE CITY and NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The University of Utah School of Dance and BalletNext announced today that Michele Wiles will choreograph and dance for the March 2018 Performance Gala at Marriott Center for Dance. Tickets:  

"We are excited and thankful for Michele Wiles to come to beautiful Salt Lake City to set a new work on our School of Dance GALA," said Luc Vanier, Director The School of Dance. "We look forward to having our Ballet dancers realize her choreographic vision and benefit from her vast experience in the field."


"I am honored to work with University of Utah gifted dancers," said Wiles. "I hope each student will experiment with their artistic voice in solos and demonstrate the ability to come together as a group." 

Wiles will choreograph on six classically trained students and has provisionally selected music from Bach.  Wiles will collaborate with the School of Dance Costume Shop for original costuming.

About the School of Dance

The University of Utah School of Dance ( is one of the largest and oldest dance performing arts programs with over 200 undergraduate and 25 graduate students. The internationally acclaimed program offers comprehensive dance study, maintaining a balanced emphasis on performance and scholarship while presenting students with the training to excel within their chosen field. 

About Michele Wiles & BalletNext

Wiles founded BalletNext ( in 2011 with the vision to pair classically trained dancers with artists from diverse backgrounds and interpretations.  BalletNext features new work in a collaborative setting encouraging risk taking and a focus on process.   Wiles was Gold Medal winner at the 18th International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria and Erik Bruhn Prize winner in 2002.  She joined American Ballet Theatre in 1997 and was promoted to principal dancer in 2006.  Wiles has been choreographing new work with BalletNext since 2011 to critical acclaim.