Success In Vegas

The tour to Sin City was extremely successful.  We continued to put the Ballet West name on the map through our dancing.  I think people continue to be surprised by the quality of dancers Ballet West has, coming from a city that isn’t a New York or a San Francisco.  The audience responded extremely well to us.  It’s always a nice feeling to share your art, and for your work to be appreciated in places other than your home.  Not only did I enjoy dancing, I really liked meeting and supporting the other companies.  It was really a privilege to share the stage with such amazing artists.

Adam Sklute rehearsing Emily Adams and Adrian Fry in EMERALDS by George Balanchine (c) The George Balanchine Trust

Our days typically consisted of ballet class and a rehearsal.  In the evening we either had a dress rehearsal or a show with the exception to Sunday since we had a matinee.  Our down time was mostly spent eating and relaxing.  Some found their way to the strip or around the neighborhood for some entertainment.

Ballet West dancers in a tech rehearsal for EMERALDS by George Balanchine (c) The George Balanchine Trust

Reynolds Hall is a beautiful theater, seating 2,050 patrons a night.  The design of the theater provides an intimate feel because of the five tiers that wrap around the room.  An unfamiliar theater can present many challenges for dancers on tour.  The floor can be slippery, or the house can be too dark, or the lights can make us feel like left is right and up is down.  Luckily, we didn’t have to deal with any of that, which is a real luxury.  For more info on The Smith Center, click here.

The dancer’s view in the Reynolds Hall


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