Ballet West II hit the ground running last week, working all day on works under new direction. Principal dancer, Christopher Ruud, has taken leadership as interim director of Ballet West II during Mark Goldweber’s leave of absence. Ruud and other staff have been working hard with the dancers in class and on a broad repertoire. For everyone that doesn’t know, Ballet West II is an exciting company that never lacks young energy and talent. The dancers are busy all season performing at schools around Utah (Ballet West for Kids), working on their own repertoire, touring, and performing with the main company (Ballet West). Fun fact: fourteen dancers from the current Ballet West roster started their careers in Ballet West II.