Nathan BalserASSISTANT PROFESSOR, DANCE: ARTISTIC DIRECTOR CONTEMPORARY DANCE THEATRE

Nathan Balser, originally from Springville, UT, is a graduate of BYU with a BS in Therapeutic Recreation and The University of Utah with a Masters of Fine Arts. He has performed on Broadway in the original cast of Promises, Promises with Kristen Chenoweth, 9 to 5: The Musical with Allyson Janney, Damn Yankees with Cheyenne Jackson, and Legally Blonde. You may have seen him on CBS in the Kennedy Center Honors in 2009, 2010, and 2011 honoring Mel Brooks, Jerry Herman, Meryl Streep, and Barbara Cook or on the Tony Awards in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 with Mamma Mia!, Promises, Promises, and Neil Patrick Harris, respectively.

He also performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with the cast of Legally Blonde in 2009 and is on the MTV recording of the same show. He was also in the world premiere of Minsky’s in the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles and in Mamma Mia! in Las Vegas. Nathan played the role of Craig in R.R.R.E.D. at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2010 and participated in several workshops and readings in NYC including Promises, Promises with Anne Hathaway, Brigadoon,directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford, Ever After with Doug Hughes, and Leap of Faith starring Sutton Foster and Raul Esparza. He toured internationally with Bianca Marroquin in Solo Pido, and nationally with Cathy Rigby in Peter Pan. Locally, he performed at Tuacahn in Joseph ATATD, Annie Get Your Gun, Thriller, CATS, and Seven Brides… Brothers, at Sundance in Funny Girl, and at the Promise Valley Playhouse in The Gift of Christmas.

Nathan has danced professionally with choreographers and groups including Repertory Dance Theatre, Odyssey Dance, Molissa Fenley, John Malashock, Scott Rink, and Utah Regional Ballet. His most recent endeavors in Musical Theatre however blend his love of the arts and teaching. His choreography was recently introduced on the Sundance stage in the Summer 2012 production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and he is a new contemporary dance faculty member at Brigham Young University where he will be teaching contemporary dance and choreographing for the student companies and musicals.
Prior to teaching at BYU he was on faculty at Western Wyoming and a member of the creative team for the Nauvoo Historical Pageant in Nauvoo, IL, in the summer of 2011. He taught classes and workshops for the Broadway Dance Projects in NYC, the West Orange Metrowest JCC in New Jersey, at BYU, Utah Valley University, University of Utah, the Utah Theatre Association, Colorado Thespians Conference, and the Utah Higher Education Organization. Nathan is a member of Actor’s Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA. Nathan also enjoys camping, fishing, gardening, movies, but most of all his kids, Sydney, Charley, and Gus. None of this would have been possible without the sacrifice and support of his lovely wife, Suzie.

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