Ballet West

The premier ballet company of the American West

Salt Lake City, UT   |


Ballet West inspires and empowers a broad community locally and globally through presentation, training, and education in the art form of ballet.

Ruling year info


Artistic Director

Mr. Adam Sklute

Executive Director

Mr Michael Scolamiero

Main address

52 West 200 South

Salt Lake City, UT 84101 USA

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NTEE code info

Ballet (A63)

Performing Arts Schools (A6E)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Ballet West, one of America's preeminent ballet companies, presents high-caliber, professional performances on stages locally, nationally, and internationally. By building relationships with local audiences and businesses, Ballet West contributes to the vital cultural fabric of its native Salt Lake City, and also serves as a valuable ambassador to its community while on tour. The Ballet West Academy currently provides quality ballet education and training from distinguished faculty to over 900 students across four campuses in northern Utah. Ballet West's youth education and outreach programs cast a wide net across many diverse communities throughout Utah. Often reaching students in Title I schools, the outreach programs bring ballet to rural or under-served communities free-of-charge and enrich students' educational development using ballet as a tool. These outreach programs also aim to increase the diversity of audiences reached during the company's mainstage season in Salt Lake City.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Ballet West Company Performances

From Balanchine to Bournonville and Petipa to Tharp, Ballet West boasts a rich and varied repertoire, elegant and versatile artists, and an American style and legacy that is as dynamic, expansive, and unexpected as the Rocky Mountain region it represents. Ballet West has toured the world several times over, presenting the very best in American classical ballet.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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 pre-professional students as well as those who just wish to gain a deeper understanding of the art form. Along with its unique relationship with the professional company and artistic staff of Ballet West, the Ballet West Academy is host to a superior faculty 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.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Ballet West is committed to providing quality education programs that allow teachers and students of all ages to experience the joy and magic of live ballet, regardless of financial or geographical barriers.

The Ballet West Educational and Outreach program has four main components: I CAN DO, Ballet West for Children, Student In-Theatre Presentations, and First Look.

In 1963, Ballet West began education programs for students and teachers of all ages. Each year, Ballet West Educational and Outreach programs now serve more than 20 districts, over 320 schools, and nearly 80,000 individuals throughout the state. In addition, Ballet West serves numerous home school and special needs groups.

Ballet West Educational and Outreach programs are supported by generous contributions from public-minded corporations, individuals, foundations, government agencies, and a broad base of community support.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Ballet West's mission is to entertain and excite audiences, both in our home state of Utah and beyond, by presenting great classics, historic masterpieces, and new cutting-edge creations, all at the highest standard of artistic and professional excellence. Ballet West also seeks to build future artists and audiences by providing excellent classical ballet training and by offering meaningful education and outreach programs designed to inspire a diverse audience of children and adults alike.

Each season, Ballet West presents six mainstage productions. These range from classical masterpieces to new commissions by contemporary choreographers, and additionally include one story ballet production created for children ages ten and younger. Both the main company and Ballet West II participate in touring activities, performing nationally and internationally. Furthermore, Ballet West's education and outreach programs reach more than 110,000 children, teachers, and community members annually, by providing quality arts education across the state of Utah. These programs present free-of-charge, accessible introductions to the artistry and athleticism behind the art form of ballet. Finally, Ballet West is at the forefront of shaping the next generation of dancers: The Frederick Quinney Lawson Ballet West Academy serves over 900 students at four training campuses in northern Utah.

Ballet West possesses a cache of capabilities that support our mission and long-term organizational goals. This includes strong community support from major donors, foundations, government agencies, and corporations; a wealth of talent from varying backgrounds in our artistic, production, and administrative departments; and a keen focus on fiscal responsibility from season to season. All these elements work cohesively to ensure that Ballet West's presentations operate at the high caliber of excellence to which we hold ourselves as an organization.

Ballet West has grown measurably in the past decade, accomplishing much along the way - including eradicating organizational debt and launching a brand-new dance festival. With these accomplishments comes the responsibility to strategically plan for the next decade, ensuring our long-term livelihood and commitment to providing high-caliber performance to the Utah community and beyond. The organization's strategic plan for the next 5 years includes overarching artistic and financial goals that focus on sustainability, innovation, and brand awareness.

Ballet West launched a campaign for a revitalized production of The Nutcracker in September 2016 with the support of the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation. We also invited the community to play a lasting role by contributing support for this large-scale, iconic production. The Frederick Quinney Lawson Ballet West Academy, experiencing significant enrollment growth over the past year, is now the training ground to over 900 pre-professional students across four campuses. Ballet West has maintained a balanced budget while working to remain debt-free; we plan to increase the organization's endowment by $2 million over the next five years, enhance our cash reserves, and cultivate increased individual and foundation support. Ballet West's new comprehensive sustainability plan will call upon the board of directors, non-board members, and leaders in the arts alike to evaluate the organization's current business model. This will establish a path to maximize revenue opportunities, thus supporting the organization's classical and innovative artistic visions. Planning sessions for this strategy have commenced.

Ballet West's National Choreographic Festival celebrates new and existing works that challenge and advance the form of ballet. As part of the inaugural festival in May 2017, Ballet West hosted four visiting ballet companies in Salt Lake City. An ongoing initiative now in 2019, our festival continues to provide a platform for artists to convene in the spirit of entrepreneurship and collaboration. Ballet West's youth education and outreach programs contribute to Utah's vibrant and energetic cultural community by providing meaningful education programs free-of-charge that reach over 110,000 students, educators, and community members annually.

Our touring endeavors continue to broaden as Ballet West has successfully sold out performances in New York City, Washington, D.C., Dallas, and Victoria, British Columbia in recent seasons. This fall, we anticipate a tour to New York City, as well as to Minneapolis (MN), Irvine (CA), Anchorage (AK), and Northridge (CA). Enhanced marketing campaigns that promote several of Ballet West's artistic pillars will unfold over the next two seasons including the 75th anniversary production of The Nutcracker, the Choreographic Festival, increased local and national promotion of the Ballet West Academy, and continuing national marketing campaigns.


Ballet West

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Ballet West

Board of directors
as of 12/31/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. John Miller

Mark Miller Toyota

Julia Watkins

Community Volunteer

John Miller

Mark Miller Toyota

Scott Huntsman

Martin Garage Doors

Liz Slager

Summit Sotheby's International Realty

Krista Sorenson

Sorenson Impact Foundation

Bryan Riggsbee

Myriad, Inc

Jennifer Horne-Huntsman

Holland & Hart, LLP

Michael D. Black

Parr Brown Gee & Loveless

Kathryn C. Carter

Community Volunteer

Marc A. Fuller

Peterson Partners

Stephanie Harpst

Retired, Wells Fargo

George W. Henry Jr.

Granite School District

Cindy Hochhauser

Community Volunteer

Heidi L. Huntsman

Retired, Venture Capital

Mary Leader

Summit Sotheby's International, Park City

Rachele McCarthey

Univeristy of Utah Dept. of Psychiatry

Christopher Olsen


Ema Ostarcevic

SEARCH Group Partners, Inc.

David Parkinson

Method Communications

Jill Perelson

PrincePerelson & Associates

Tatiana Lingos-Webb Prince

Shauna Bamberger Priskos

Community Volunteer

Mark Robbins

Ruth's Chris Steak House-SLC & Boise

Kristin Allred Stockham

Community Volunteer

Sarah Eccles Taylor

Beatryx Washington

O.C. Tanner

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes