DIRECTORS
Theresa Slobodnik

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A selection of photos of Terry on stage...

Ballet Director, School of BT-SLO

Artistic Director/Choreographer, BT-SLO Performing Company

Theresa Slobodnik is from the San Francisco Bay Area, where she received her early ballet training from Marjorie Stevens, Lee Salsbury, Patrice Nissen (RAD), modern with Virginia Toy, and jazz with Rec Russell. In San Luis Obispo she studied with Eunice Pierce, Mary Cowden Snyder, and Gilbert & Sydna Reed. Professional credits include Cuesta College Dance Theatre, Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo, The Gilbert Reed Ballet Chamber Dancers, Pacific Repertory Opera/Opera SLO, Deyo Dances, SLO Master Chorale and The Gilbert Reed Ballet (GRB, 1993–2003) where she also served as Assistant Director. Noted roles with GRB include the title roles in The Firebird, Carmen, and Camille. She also created the role of Belle in the Gilbert Reed Ballet’s world premiere of Beauty and the Beast and was critically acclaimed for her performances as Young Scrooge’s Betrothed in A Christmas Carol, and the institutionalized woman in Asylum.

 

In spring of 2006 she founded and is now Artistic Director/Choreographer for Ballet Theatre San Luis Obispo. Her original ballets include Winter Concerto, Levez le Rideau, The 12 Days of Christmas, Let Us Pause, Wali Sangara, Damien of Molokai, Robin Hood, The Velveteen Rabbit, Simple Gifts, South American Suite, Undine, Something She Must Do, Les Barricades Mystérieuses, An Unexpected Romance, Degas & Marie, Spring Tide, Gypsy Airs, Youkali, Birth To Earth and The Snow Queen. She has mounted her own versions of Les Patineurs, Coppélia, Rodeo and La Boutique Fantasque. Currently Theresa is Ballet Director at the School of Ballet Theatre San Luis Obispo, teaching Ballet levels 1-4, Pointe levels, and Partnering. Theresa and her husband John live in San Luis Obispo, have five children and eight grandchildren.

 

Blair London

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Blair in performance...

Director, School of BT-SLO

Assistant Director, BT-SLO Performing Company

Blair began folk dance in his early years, and he has been studying ballet and dance in one form or another since his college days. He was a member of Khadra, San Francisco’s International Folk Ballet during his graduate school years at Stanford University. He has also performed in dance companies in St. Louis and San Luis Obispo. He was part of a select dance troupe invited to perform in Russia in 2002 under the direction of Lisa Deyo, premiering several new pieces. His roles include the Madarin in The Miraculous Mandarin, the Moor in Petrushka, Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker, the Grandfather in Peter and the Wolf, half of the true-love couple in The Twelve Days of Christmas, Father Damien in Damien of Molokai, Scrooge’s Nephew in A Christmas Carol, Kastchei in The Firebird and Edgar Degas in Degas & Marie.

 

Blair became Assistant Director of Ballet Theatre San Luis Obispo in late summer 2006 and in 2013 began directing the nonprofit School of Ballet Theatre San Luis Obispo. When not dancing he stays busy as a Professor of Materials Engineering at California Polytechnic State University. Blair and his wife Cindy live in San Luis Obispo and have 2 children.

 

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