Tasha Stramecki Southwest Ballet Theatre

Tasha Stramecki teaches a master ballet class to young dancers in Brazil.

Tasha Stramecki has been chosen as the Southwest Ballet Theatre’s new artistic director.

She will begin her role in July. The theater performs in Estrella Mountain Community College’s performing arts center. 

“Tasha brings a wealth of experience as a teacher, choreographer, director, and former professional dancer,” said SWBT board president Dr. Susan Richardson. 

“She is certified and well-versed in the American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum, which is the gold standard in ballet instruction. We are thrilled that she will be applying the ABT’s curriculum structure and principles to our classes. This is such a wonderful opportunity for the West Valley and aspiring dancers of all ages.”

Stramecki’s earned her BFA in ballet performance from the University of Oklahoma. 

After international tours in France, she settled in New England as a professional dancer and teacher. For the last 18 months, she has been guest teaching in Mexico, Peru and Brazil.

“I am thrilled to be joining SWBT as artistic director,” Stramecki said. 

“Classical ballet and dance training provide a strong foundation for students to achieve anything that they want to, inside or outside of dance. I was drawn to SWBT because they value high-quality instruction. We share a passion for training the whole dancer, inviting diversity and inclusion, and providing professional-quality productions and experiences for the students and community.”

SWBT plans to open classes at the EMCC Performing Arts Center dance studio in August. With EMCC’s closure for COVID-19 last spring, SWBT has been hosting classes at Effusion Dance Center in Goodyear. It expects to operate out of both spaces next season. SWBT looks forward to performing its seventh annual “The Nutcracker” at EMCC in December. 

For information on summer dance classes from ages 3 to adult, visit swtballet.org. Fall classes and auditions will be announced soon.