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Location: Salt Lake City , UT

Zipcode: 84101

Address: 50 West 200 South

Phone: Ballet West Academy Utah

Web: http://www.balletwest.org/

Email: academy@balletwest.org


The Ballet West Academy trains pure classical ballet with a uniquely American Syllabus developed by our Artistic Director Adam Sklute in conjunction with our world renowned faculty and artistic staff. The training is primarily Ceccetti based incorporating elements of RAD, Paris Opera, Bournonville and Balanchine techniques. The progressions prepared by the Academy director and principle faculty incorporate scientific principles along with the stylistic requirements of Ballet West.

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The Ballet West Academy, the official school of Ballet West is Utah’s premier source of dance training providing the highest caliber of ballet instruction to the pre-professional student as well as those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of this beautiful and demanding art form. Along with our unique relationship with the professional company and artistic staff of Ballet West, we have a superior faculty of national renown who are dedicated to developing and inspiring the whole child, both as an accomplished dancer and healthy individual. Academy students experience a structured curriculum offered in a nurturing and positive environment, targeting and exploring each student’s individual strengths and abilities.

The Ballet West Academy strives to be a dynamic leader in the international field of dance education. Drawing on our unique local dance heritage, and utilizing our connections with our national and international dance communities, we will continue to expand our educational offerings in a state of the art facility as we train and inspire the next generation of dancers. We intend to be a positive resource for local and regional dance schools, providing opportunities for constructive dialogues and collaborative support.

The Ballet West Academy's curriculum is comprised of five different divisions with a specialized focus towards each, with the goal of producing well-rounded dancers with solid technique and artistry. A brief description of each division is as follows:

CHILDREN’S DIVISION :
The Children’s Division is designed for young students ages three to six.
Classes are offered by age and are carefully developed in accordance with a child’s physical and cognitive abilities. Children are placed in a safe and nurturing environment, and parents are invited to watch class four times per year. Placement is at the discretion of the Ballet West Academy director.
Summer classes are available for all levels.

PREPARATORY DIVISION:
The Preparatory division is for students ages 6-11
Classes are offered by age and are carefully developed in accordance with a child’s physical and cognitive abilities. Children are placed in a safe and nurturing environment,
and parents are invited to watch class several times per year. Placement is at the discretion of the Ballet West Academy director.
Summer classes are available for all levels.

MIDDLE DIVISION:
The Middle Division is designed for students ages 10-13. Placement is by audition which can be arranged with the Ballet West Academy director. Promotions are considered on an individual basis and determined in part by an examination demonstrated at the end of the school year and evaluation by the Ballet West Academy director and principal faculty. Students in this division can expect to spend more than one year in each level.

UPPER DIVISION:
The Upper Division is designed for students ages 13-18. Placement is by audition which can be arranged with the Ballet West Academy director. Promotions are considered on an individual basis and determined in part by an examination demonstrated at the end of the school year and evaluation by the Ballet West Academy director and principal faculty. Students in this division can expect to spend more than one year in each level.


PROFESSIONAL TRAINEE DIVISION:
The Ballet West Academy Professional Training Division was created in 2009 by Ballet West artistic director Adam Sklute for the purpose of extending a dancer’s formal training post graduation. This elite and talented group of young dancers experience an expanded schedule of technique classes, rehearsals and coaching in addition to regular Academy classes.
It is the intent of the Academy director, faculty and artistic staff of Ballet West to provide the highest caliber training with a universal approach to insure that each dancer is prepared to take their place in an ever changing dance world. Upon completion of the Trainee program these dancers posses all of the qualities necessary to dance in Ballet West II or many other outstanding dance companies around the world.

Trainees participate in Ballet West and Ballet West II rehearsals and tour with Ballet West for Children, participate in the Ballet West Gala event in the Fall season and Ballet West’s The Nutcracker. In addition trainees perform in the Ballet West Academy Winter Invitational, as well as the Ballet West Academy Spring production.

Trainees are selected by audition and at the invitation of Ballet West artistic director Adam Sklute.

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