Letter from the President

June 28, 2016

Dear CORPS de Ballet International Members:

As we return to our homes from an extraordinary conference in Sarasota, Florida, we immediately start planning and looking forward to the next time that we will gather and meet new colleagues, gain new friendships, and soak in new information regarding the beautiful art form to which we have dedicated our lives and fueled with our love.

In June of 2017 our membership will connect again at our annual international conference where we will have the opportunity to celebrate the essence of our professional organization, and explore the development, application, and advancement of ballet in higher education and beyond. As we know, past CORPS conferences have planted seeds for incubation, given illumination to new ideas, nurtured the art of ballet through the sharing of pedagogies, art and philosophy, history and experiences, and brought the spirit of ballet to life among diverse communities of ballet educators.

Next year’s CORPS de Ballet International Conference will take place in Provo and Salt Lake City, Utah at Brigham Young University and Ballet West from June 6th- 9th, 2017. This is my invitation to please join us for a stimulating week filled with master classes, presentations, panel discussions, and adjudicated member presentations based around the theme Innovation and Collaboration: Integrating Media, Technology, and Creative Thinking into Ballet Pedagogy, Performance, and Scholarship. The 2017 conference will seek to educate, inform, reveal, and celebrate innovation and collaboration within our beautiful traditional art form as we expand the approach and application of ballet to today’s students, educators, and supporters in our various stewardships of higher education, K-12, community programs, professional schools/studios, and pre-collegiate schools. I will be posting more conference information on our CORPS website very soon!

I look forward to an exciting and challenging year as this conference is planned with all of you in mind. Our guest artists/hosts are thrilled to be part of this international conference and I look forward to all of you making their acquaintance and learning from them as well as from our wonderful members’ traditional and creative research ventures. The abstract call will be sent out in a couple of months and it is my hope that you will find this conference’s theme interesting and applicable to what you are doing in your careers and submit abstracts for presentations that will enlighten us all at this conference as well as allow us the chance to celebrate what you are doing in each of your unique stewardships.

I am truly excited to see everyone in Utah next June for the conference! And, hopefully you can stay a few extra days past the conference to enjoy Utah’s scenery! Utah is a stunningly beautiful state with the famous Park City and Sundance areas in the north, just 45 and 15 minutes respectively from the BYU campus, and five of the most famous national parks in the south: Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion. There are also mountains everywhere in the north where you could camp, hike, mountain bike, go on horseback rides, or just enjoy the many reservoirs or lakes. And, in the south, in addition to the national parks, the famous Lake Powell is renowned for its house boating, motor boating, and the very warm water for all possible water sports.

Thank you for your contributions to this organization and thank you in advance for your contributions for this upcoming conference!