Barbara Wescott began ballet studies in Boise after seeing the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo perform when she was 8 years old. She continued her training in the Ballet Major Program at the University of Utah, where she also received a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration, and published the manual, “Business at the Barre.”
She studied with Willam Christenson, founder of Ballet West and San Francisco Ballet, Bruce Marks of Ballet West and the Boston Ballet, Shirley Ririe and Joan Woodbury of Ririe/Woodbury Dance Company, the members of First Chamber Dance Company, Pacific Northwest Ballet faculty, and Ballet Arizona faculty.
She established Dance Arts Academy in Boise, directed SummerDance at the College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho, and was appointed an adjunct instructor of dance at the College of Idaho.
Choreography created especially for student dancers includes “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Cinderella,” “La Boutique Fantasque,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Peter and the Wolf,” “The Seasons,” and “Hansel and Gretel.”
While in Utah, she served on the Utah Arts Council Dance Touring Program jury, and was the manager of Utah Ballet at the University of Utah. She has been living and teaching in Seattle for the past 20 years, but is happy to be back in her hometown.