OREM — A new performing ballet company made up of student performers will present "Repertory Ballet Ensemble Premiere" Thursday at Utah Valley Stage College.

Students must audition each semester to be part of UVSC's ballet program, designed to prepare students for a professional career in ballet. The ensemble currently showcases 12 students.

"We had a studio showing in November, and I think we surprised a lot of people with the level of student talent," said Nichole Ortega, RBE artistic director and assistant professor in the department of dance. "The level of choreography for this concert is extremely difficult physically and emotionally, but they are definitely up to the challenge. The students are pioneers of this company, and I am so proud of all they have accomplished."

All the pieces to be performed are choreographed by dance faculty or guest choreographers. Shayla Bott, a dance teacher, choreographed a piece to be performed to live piano music. Another piece is a number that expresses the beauty of all women.

"Audience members will be able to experience all types of choreography from very contemporary to very classical," said Ortega. "There is definitely something for everyone."

If you go ...

What: Repertory Ballet Ensemble Premiere

Where: Ragan Theater, Sorensen Student Center, UVSC campus, Orem

When: 7:30 p.m., April 10-11

Cost: $12/$10 students

Phone: 863-8797