Faculty & Staff
Peggy Bergmann Ballet West Academy Park City
ACADEMY DIRECTOR | Peter LeBreton Merz
Peter LeBreton Merz was named academy director in 2015. He has committed to building on the tradition of excellence at the Academy, and is dedicated to raising the level of training to be on par with the best national and international ballet schools.
Merz brings over 20 years of experience as a dance educator and choreographer to his role as academy director. From 2004-2015, he served on the faculty of Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. While there, he rose to the rank of Associate Professor, tenured, and led the ballet unit of the faculty for seven years. He taught courses in ballet technique, pointe, male enchainment, classical pas de deux, dance composition, theater stagecraft, and an academic class in “Arts and the Human Experience”.
Merz has served as a coach, choreographer and jury member for several ballet competitions, including the USA International Ballet Competition, the Korea International Ballet Competition, the American Dance Competition, and the Youth America Grand Prix. He was named Outstanding Teacher by the YAGP jury at the Pittsburgh regional in 2014, and has twice been named Outstanding Choreographer.
PARK CITY ACADEMY PRINCIPAL | Cati Snarr
A Salt Lake City native, Cati began her formal ballet training with Ballet West studying under Willam F. Christensen, Denise Schultz and Louis Godfrey. At the age of 15, she performed Sleeping Beauty with Ballet West at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and then continued dancing professionally with the company under Bruce Marks and John Hart CBE. Later, Cati attended BYU where she studied Ballet, performed as part of the Young Ambassadors and then continued her professional ballet career.
Cati returned to Ballet West in 2003, became the Children’s Ballet Mistress for the company (2004-2016), a teacher in the Education and Outreach program (2003-2009), Principal Faculty for the Academy (2008-2016), and is now the Principal of the Peggy Bergmann Ballet West Academy in Park City.
She is an adjunct professor at the University of Utah in the Ballet Division, a choreographer and a producer for NFL, NHL, NCAA half time entertainment. She has helped produce many award shows, events and has received an Emmy Award for her choreography achievements for the 2002 Winter Olympic Ceremonies. In 2016 and 2017, Cati was nominated for an Emmy in “Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program” for Katy Perry’s and Lady Gaga’s Halftime Performance at The Super Bowl. She has been a choreographer on the Super Bowl Halftime shows since 2008, working with Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Madonna and Justin Timberlake. Other notable commercial choreography includes the Lexus GS commercial “Kaleidoscope”, High School Musical 3 and Director Ang Lee’s Tri-Star Picture Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.