On Thursday, November 19, Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute spoke to 50 guests at the Sons of the Utah Pioneers. Mr. Sklute shared his artistic vision of the Company’s 2009-10 Season, the history of Ballet West in Utah and the legacy of Willam Christensen’s The Nutcracker, opening in December. Adam was joined by two trainees from the Ballet West Academy: Ryan Sargent and Kathleen Martin. The young artists were in costume and demonstrated a few ballet steps. Additionally, Adam presented a short video highlighting the Company’s recently performed work “Songs of the Valley”, Bruce Marks’ tribute to Utah’s Mormon pioneers. The evening was enjoyed by all those in attendance.
Friday, November 20, 2009, Ballet West Artist Jennifer Robinson joined Development Director Denise Bégué for a check presentation by American Express Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer Brian Powell, on behalf of American Express Charitable Fund. American Express has been a long-time corporate partner with Ballet West, together serving the greater community of Salt Lake City and Utah.