As the only professional classical ballet company in Utah, Ballet West brings world-class ballets and dance education programs to the state.
"Ballet West's I CAN DO program opened a whole new world of opportunity, and I learned to have confidence in myself." -I CAN DO student
"I always thought ballet was girly until I saw the dancers perform. It is the opposite of that!" -Ballet West for Children participant
Since 1963, Ballet West has played a vital role in the cultural, artistic and economic vibrancy of Utah, and has since become one of the leading professional classical ballet companies in the nation. One of the most important part of Ballet West's mission is to spread the joy of the performing arts to the state's children and young adults through our high-quality education and outreach programs.
An astonishing 101,724 students, educators and other community members were impacted by Ballet West's education programs during the 2011 - 2012 school year.
It is widely recognized that an education in the arts provides the necessary tools to help students be successful in life and to better prepare students academically. It offers a creative outlet, promotes out-of-the-box thinking, and encourages self-discipline. Ballet West's programs ensure that all Utah children have a well-rounded arts education.
Along with the Utah State Office of Education and other community arts organizations, Ballet West has designed these educational programs to meet what is most needed as identified within the state and to provide services that are not duplicated elsewhere by another organization. The USOE evaluates these programs for effectiveness on an annual basis.
Ballet West's education and outreach programs include: