Ballet West Travels From Coast to Coast: Whirlwind Tour Begins at Esteemed New York City Center

Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute is pleased to announce that the Company will embark on a tour that literally takes the Ballet West Artists from coast to coast.

The tour begins at New York City Center, marking Ballet West’s first return to New York since 1981.  Following on the heels of rave reviews from The New York Times for The Treasures of the Ballets Russes, Ballet West has been invited to appear at New York City Center as part of its 2009 Fall for Dance Festival. The Company is one of eight that will pay tribute to the Ballets Russes’ extraordinary contribution to the arts, performing Bronislava Nijinska’s Les Biches on Wednesday, September 30 and Thursday, October 1. At almost the same time, four other dancers from the company will travel to Laguna Beach, Calif. to perform Ulysses Dove’s Red Angels along with The Black Swan and Le Corsaire pas de deux on Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3 as part of of CaDance’s Laguna Dance Festival.

"It is an honor to be invited to perform at New York City Center after more than 20 years and to take part in commemorating the famed Ballets Russes,” said Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute. "I am also proud that we will open the Laguna Dance Festival and with such a fierce work as Ulysses Dove’s ‘Red Angels’.  It is a thrill for us to once again have the opportunity to be cultural ambassadors for our great state of Utah.”

About New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival
From September 22 to October 3, the 2009 Fall for Dance Festival will offer audiences a sampling of the best that dance has to offer by showcasing multiple companies – from contemporary to capoeira, ballet to modern , and tap to tango.   In addition to Ballet West, performances will be given by  Boston Ballet; Paul Taylor Dance Company; Batsheva Dance Company; Savion Glover & The OtheRz; Tangueros del Sur; Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company; Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal; Basil Twist; Monica Bill Barnes & Company; Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo; DanceBrazil; Dendy Dancetheater; New York City Ballet; Mark Morris Dance Group; The Australian Ballet; Sang Jijia; Diana Vishneva, Prima Ballerina of the Mariinksy Theatre; and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Performances will take place at the City Center Mainstage, New York City Center, 130 West 56th Street. All tickets are $10 and are available beginning September 13 at 9 a.m (Mountain Time) through CityTix® by calling 212-581-1212 or at

About CaDance’s Laguna Dance Festival
CaDance’s Laguna Dance Festival presents world-class dance companies and individual performers, transforming Laguna Beach and Southern California into an annual happening for choreographers and dancers to stretch their imagination. Providing top-quality performances as well as other fun and stimulating dance activities, the Laguna Dance Festival attracts dancers and dance lovers to its home of Laguna Beach. Ballet West will perform alongside BalletX and Breed as part of a triple-bill that runs the gamut from classical ballet to hip hop

Performances will take place Artist’s Theater, 625 Park Ave., Laguna Beach, Calif. Ticket prices range from $35 to $40 and are available at or by calling (949) 715-5578.


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