Raymond Van Mason is an independent choreographer and master teacher, as well as the Founder and Artistic Director of Imagine Ballet Theatre.

Dance Credits

He was a Principal Artist with Ballet West (Salt Lake City, Utah) where he danced many leading roles such as Swan Lake, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty.He has dance main roles in many others such as Smuin’s Romeo and Juliet, Stevenson’s Cinderella, Caniparoli’s Ophelia, White Mourning and Ladies of the Camellias, Prokovsky’s Anna Karenina, Hynd’s Rosalinda.

He also danced many contemporary favorites such as Canfield’s Equinox, Taylor’s Company B, Mark’s Lark Ascending, Butler’s Carmina Burana, as well as many, many other ballets.

While with Ballet West he toured throughout the United States and performed at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

He has danced as a guest artist with: The Stars of the San Francisco Ballet in Marseille, France,

The Charleston Ballet, Ballet Pacifica,Ballet Etudes,The National Society of Arts and Letters 50th Anniversary Celebration, DanceWest Ballet as well as numerous arts festivals.

Choreography

His choreographic credits include four world premiere ballets for Ballet West – Seasons, Lady Guinevere, Transparencies and Desert as a Rose, commissioned for the Utah state centennial celebration.

In 1998, Mason was invited to choreograph for Ballet Pacifica’s Choreographic Project and in 1999, he was asked to join Ballet Pacifica as Ballet Master, Teacher, Choreographer and Dancer. While with ballet Pacifica he choreographed two works - Reverie and Moonlight, which was filmed by Lloyd Rigler Foundation for Broadcast on the Classic Arts Showcase for PBS and some cable networks.

Mason has choreographed for Utah Opera Company’s Productions of Romeo & Juliet and La Traviata.

His choreography has been selected by New Choreographers On Pointe for “Ballet Builders, A showcase in New York City” in 1998 and 1994. For Ballet builders he presented his ballet Moonlight (1998) and his “Fall” pas de duex from his ballet Seasons (1994).

Mason created Pilgrimage: A Liturgical Ballet (1993) and Requiem: A Liturgical Ballet (1990) works which were commissioned for The Cathedral of the Madeleine Festival of the Arts in Salt Lake City, Utah.

He has choreographed works for Utah Ballet (Salt Lake City): Chameleon, Carmina Burana and Symphony #7.

Additional works have been created for Ballet Etudes with the Phoenix Symphony, Les Ballet GranDiva, Abilene Texas Christian University – as well as others.

In 2003, he choreographed Hoop Dreams for Les Ballet GranDiva as part of their Japan tour.

Mason has choreographed three full length ballets which include: Secret Garden to an original score by Kurt Bestor. Nutcracker and Alice: Adventures in Wonderland.

In 2007 he was commissioned and created “Sacred Dances” for the Madeline Festival of the Arts in Salt Lake City.

Mason continues to create numerous works for Imagine Ballet Theatre – Pillow Party, The Three Graces, Waltz Poems and more . . . as well as works for other ballet companies.

Professional Career

  • 2004-Present: Artistic Director of IBT, Choreographer, Master Teacher, Guest Artist
  • 2004-2006: Adjunct faculty in Ballet at Weber State University, Ogden, Utah
  • 2000-2005: Principal Dancer; LesBallet GranDiva, Victor Trevino, Artistic Director
  • 1999: Ballet Master, Dancer; Ballet Pacifica, Molly Lynch, Artistic Director
  • 1997-1998: Principal Dancer; Ballet West, Jonas Kage, Artistic Diretor
  • 1989-1997: Principal Dancer; Ballet West, John Hart, Artistic Director
  • 1987-1989: Soloist; Ballet West, John Hart , Artistic Director
  • 1985-1987: Corps de Ballet; Ballet West, John Hart, Artistic Director
  • 1983-1985: Corps de Ballet; Ballet West, Bruce Marks, Artistic Director
  • 1982-1983: Utah Ballet; Bene Arnold, Artistic Director

Achievements

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Utah Best of State Award, 2004, in category of Individual Dancer ,2005, Children’s performing group and ,2007, in category of Choreographer
  • Utah Artists Grants, Ogden City Arts Grants, RAMP Grants,
  • Past President of University of Utah Fine Arts Alumni Board