Critical Acclaim


“One of the best productions I’ve ever seen.”
Alastair Macaulay, THE NEW YORK TIMES on Ballet West’s The Nutcracker

“Ballet West’s…'Treasures of the Ballets Russes' triple bill proves the most stimulating Diaghilev anthology I have seen in more than 30 years...Every dancer in every role looked motivated. This is the Diaghilev effect: the company as true ensemble. The performers were caught up in something beyond themselves."
Alastair Macaulay, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“At the successful opening of the [Kennedy] Center’s 'Ballet Across America' sampler of nine regional companies…the women of Salt Lake City’s Ballet West left a distinctly earthy impression. It was a clean, honest production.”
- Sarah Kauffman, WASHINGTON POST

“[Ballet West] dancers’ long, lean lines were beautiful; they looked groomed. In Serenade the dancing was strong and free…everyone was musical, and no one tried to act. This was a subtle and sophisticated performance.”

 “Nijinska’s stateside-scarce 'Les Biches'the [Fall for Dance] festival highlight, was danced precisely and vibrantly by Utah’s Ballet West.”
Apollinaire Scherr, FINANCIAL TIMES

“The entire company gave a reading that easily displayed why they are so noted – amplitude of movement, precision in unison passages, a platform of technique that’s on par nationally, and importantly, a great artistic sense.”
- Dean Speer,

“Utah-based Ballet West was most notable for the way the largest contingent of female dancers made exquisitely stylized movement seem altogether natural. One sequence, an especially gorgeous quintet of interweaving ballerinas, clearly captured the imagination of the audience."