The Brilliance of Ballet West and Balanchine’s America

May 11, 2010
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As the curtain raised for Ballet West’s Serenade, the first sound I heard was my own; I caught my breath. And I wasn’t the only one; In unison, the audience inhaled a silent ‘ahh’, which was immediately followed by applause. The combination of Maestro Terence Kern and the Utah Chamber Orchestra’s Serenade for Strings (Tchaikovsky) and the ethereal Ballet West dancers bathed in blue was simply breathtaking. Such serenity, such beauty. It was my favorite ballet moment ever.







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Ballet West’s Swan Lake Simply Stunning

February 24, 2010
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As Ballet West’s Artistic Director, Adam Sklute takes an idea, molds it and presents his labor of love to the ballet patrons of Salt Lake City. As the curtain rises at the Capitol Theatre, the question he likely asks is, “will you see it as I see it?” I answer, how can I not? Adam Sklute clearly has a vision for Ballet West, and I believe it is to bring out the best in the dancers and to bring the best productions to Salt Lake City and beyond.







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Ballet West’s Nutcracker Delights Generations

December 28, 2009
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December is a wonderful time to go to the ballet. At no other time during the year will you see more children embracing the love of the ballet as they are exposed to the artistry of dance, music and the imagination of the Nutcracker. The Nutcracker is where dreams begin, and for the parents and grandparents sitting alongside their little dreamers, it is a dream shared through generations.







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Utah’s Ballet West Gala 2009 Dazzles in Sixty…

December 4, 2009
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I am amazed that more than 130 Ballet West dancers came together to present a showcase of seven works in a mere 60 minutes. Ballet West not only Dares Us To Dream, it encourages bringing every would-be dancer’s dream to life. The hour long Gala was a celebration of dance and music. How lucky we are to have these artists encouraging us to “let go” and be enchanted for an evening.







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