Jefferson Ballet Theatre held its first performances
of “The Nutcracker” in December 1995, with eight
performances in New Orleans, Jefferson Parish and
St. Charles Parish. Since then, “The Nutcracker”
was an annual event for the Jefferson Ballet Theatre
for fifteen years. Spring performances, including
original productions of “The Little Mermaid”,
“Hansel and Gretel” and others, were tremendous
successes, as were Gala events sponsored by the
Jefferson Ballet Theatre.
Summer, the founding director of the Jefferson
Ballet Theatre, Myra Mier, decided that it was time
for her to retire, to spend more time with her
growing family. Her long-time associate, Kenneth
Beck, and his wife, Kimberly-Matulich-Beck, an
accomplished ballerina and respected ballet teacher
and coach, assumed the positions of co-directors.
They are committed to maintaining the standards of
excellence that has become synonymous with the
Jefferson Ballet Theatre name, but promise to take
the company to a new level.
keeping with the atmosphere and expectations of
today’s professional ballet companies, classes are
based on both, the Vagonova syllabus and the
Ceccheti method of ballet training. Students are
offered classes in an encouraging and supportive
environment, and much is expected of them.
emphasize their new perspective as company
directors, the 2011 – 2012 ballet season, was full
of new works. The Winter concert featured three
new, original contemporary ballets: “Le Triomphe de
l’ Amour” (choreographed and staged by Ms. Gayle
Parmelee), “The Skaters’ Waltz” and a one hour long
presentation of “The Snow Queen”. The Spring
Concert went in the complete opposite direction,
with a presentation of three ballet standards,
original choreographed in the nineteenth century:
“Pas de Quatre”, “Le Jardin” (from the full length
ballet, “Le Corsaire”) and “Giselle”, Act II.
Jefferson Ballet Theatre receives an operating grant
from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Arts
Council of New Orleans. Grant moneys have been used
for the presentation of concerts in Jefferson,
Orleans, Plaquemines and East Baton Rouge Parishes,
and for the presentation of professional artists
from the United States, Poland, Cuba, France, Russia
and most recently the Republic of Georgia.
Our Board of Directors