Repertory Ballet Ensemble

Repertory Ballet Ensemble is the resident performing company for the ballet program at Utah Valley University. The ensemble was founded in 2007 by Jacqueline College and is overseen by members of the UVU ballet faculty. Currently RBE is under the direction of Mark Borchelt and Nichole Ortega.

In the few years since its inception, RBE has developed a notable reputation for presenting both classical and contemporary choreography with equal virtuosity. This achievement is reflective of the cross discipline approach to the curriculum offered at UVU where beyond their study of classical ballet technique, pointe, pas de deux, and men's class, students study Modern Dance forms, Jazz and World Dance, Somatic Practice, pedagogy, dance history, and choreography. Members of RBE are pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with a Ballet Emphasis. Past company dancers are now dancing professionally, attending graduate programs, and are teaching in both private and academic settings.

The mission of the School of the Arts at Utah Valley University is to produce artists of the highest caliber who understand the opportunity their talents provide for making positive and productive change in the world. Repertory Ballet Ensemble promotes access and appreciation for ballet in the Intermountain Region through its training, performances, and educational initiatives.

RBE became a full member of the Regional Dance America Pacific Region at the 2011 RDA/P Festival and is honored to be associated with the fine talent found throughout the organization.

Mark Borchelt

Mark Borchelt (Associate Professor) joined the dance faculty of Utah Valley University, following his tenure as Director of Dance at the Interlochen Arts Academy. After a notable performing career he taught on faculty at the University of Utah from which he also holds a BS Degree in Psychology and an MFA in Ballet. He also served on faculty at Southern Methodist University and Cornish College of the Arts. A distinguished pedagogue, consultant, and master teacher, Mr. Borchelt has taught and lectured internationally and at many summer dance workshops as well as presenting scholarly research on dance education. His choreography has been produced with acclaim in both professional and academic venues around the country. During the summer he is a faculty member for the Project Zero Classroom at Harvard University.