New Artistic Director & Ballet Mistress

Ian Thatcher, Artistic Director

Jorge Laico, our Artistic Director for over three years, has submitted his resignation to move to California near his family for personal reasons.  We have secured another excellent person to become our new Artistic Director – Ian Thatcher. Ian was a master instructor in our Summer Intensives and a guest artist in our Nutcracker productions.  His wife Molly Daly will become our Ballet Mistress.

Ian graduated from National Ballet School of Canada, and danced professionally with San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet de Monte Carlo, and Metropolitan Opera in New York City. He has administrative experience during internships at American Ballet Theatre and The Washington Ballet.

Molly danced professionally with American Repertory Ballet, Hartford Ballet and Ballet Michigan. She sets ballets for the internationally acclaimed choreographer Septime Webre. They both have been teaching for over 12 years and are Certified Teachers with ABT’s National Training Curriculum.