Caleb Leitch

Ballet

Peter De Grasse

Senior Lecturer of Dance, Whitman College

​Guest Faculty

Faculty

Grace Fritzke

Danielle Tolmie

​Principal, Eugene Ballet

​Guest Faculty

Tyson Kaup

Current and Ongoing Guests

Ballet and Tap

A Walla Walla native, Tyson recently returned to the west coast after working in New York since 2001.   He is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where he studied with the Atlantic Theater Company.  as an actor, Tyson has performed off-Broadway and in professional regional theaters across the country, as well as in numerous film and television productions.  His recent directing credits include 9 to 5, Annie, The Rocky Horror Show, The Last Five Years, and Cabaret at Gesa Powerhouse Theater in Walla Walla.   Tyson's producing credits include the NYC world premiere of Turtleback High by Kevin Dedes, the feature films March!, Solitary Child, and My Last Day with You, as well as several music videos and commercial productions. 

Idalee Hutson-Fish began her dance training at the age of 12 in Boise, Idaho after being inspired by a performance of The Green Table by the Joffrey Ballet.  Two years later she received her first of two summer scholarships to study with the Joffrey Ballet in Tacoma, Washington.  She then went on to San Francisco Ballet School, Ballet West at Aspen and fours summers with Charles Bennett’s Summer Dance Lab.  To pursue her ballet career, Idalee graduated high school at the age of sixteen then attended one year at the University of Utah as a ballet major and one year at the Juilliard School.  She left her formal education behind to become an apprentice with First Chamber Dance Company.  In 1976, Idalee was brought to Walla Walla by Charles Bennett director of First Chamber Dance Company, to be dance captain and lead dancer in the summer musical, Trails West, where she met her husband and settled down to raise a family.  

In 1978, Idalee began her thirty years of teaching ballet at Whitman College, retiring in 2012.  Idalee moved to Arizona from 1981-83, where she danced as a soloist with the Arizona Metropolitan Ballet.  In 1984 she moved back to Walla Walla to resume teaching at Whitman College.  In 1986, she opened her private ballet school, The Dance Center of Walla Walla.  From 2001-2011 Idalee also taught ballet at the Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy in the summers.  Now she is celebrating thirty-three years of choreographing, directing, teaching and producing dance performances for her students and other organizations as well.  Every other year, Idalee takes a group of dancers and parent chaperones on a two-week performance tour of Italy. They compete in an international dance competition, Dance Grand Prix Italia and have consistently brought home overall high point awards in classical/neo-Classical, ballet, choreography, theater dance, contemporary, lyrical and modern. In 2014, the Danza Classica Ballet Foundation was founded as a “Sister Organization” to The Dance Center, to support the art of ballet in the Walla Walla Valley through education,

Musical Theater

Idalee Hutson-Fish

Director

Bio Coming Soon

Grace Fritzke began her training at 11 years old at the Arts and Communication Magnet Academy in Beaverton, Ore.  Two years later she joined the pre-professional company Dance West, performing ballet, pointe, modern, tap, jazz, and African dance under teachers including Julane Stites, Jason Davis, Kemba Shannon and Terry Brock.  She continued her training with Peter de Grasse at Whitman College and has worked as a teacher, choreographer, and performer in recent years. 

Mark Tucker

Principal, Eugene Ballet

Guest Faculty