Information for Summer Intensive Participants


Helpful information for making the most out of your summer experience.

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There will be an orientation meeting for the full Eight week session and Session 1 held at the Marriott Center for Dance on the University of Utah Campus on June 8, 2014 at 6:00 PM. New students for Session 2 will have their orientation meeting at the Marriott Center for Dance on the University of Utah Campus on July 6, 2014 at 6:00 PM.  All students are expected to attend these orientation meetings.  At the orientation meeting you will receive information regarding your classes, extracurricular activities, rules of the University of Utah, and other information.  Parents are encouraged to come.  You will see our beautiful facility, meet some of our faculty, have an opportunity to ask questions and meet your fellow students. 


A map of the campus is available at .  A search for MCD will show you where the Marriott Center for Dance is located. A search for Heritage Center will show you where it is located as well. We are scheduled to be housed in building GH 807 which is just south of the Heritage Center. University shuttle service is available to and from the dorm rooms to a shuttle stop Monday-Friday, which is no more than a few minutes walk to the Marriott Center for Dance.  The TRAX line will take you from the dorms to downtown Salt Lake City.

*Special Information for University students who want University credit.

Students may choose to enroll in Continuing Education classes offered through the University of Utah in order to receive university credit for classes taken during the Summer Intensive.  Registration forms will be available on campus during the first week of the Summer Intensive.  Additional fees ($150 per credit hour) must be paid to the University for these credits.  The following classes may be taken for credit: Technique, Pointe & Variations, Men’s Class and Partnering.  Depending upon the number of class hours, credit may be available for other classes as well. The University of Utah will accept these credits toward the BFA degree.  Other colleges and universities may also accept these credits as transfer credits.

Travel to and from Salt Lake City:

All students from outside the Salt Lake City area are expected to make their own travel arrangements to and from Salt Lake City.  Students will also be responsible for making their own arrangements for transportation to and from the Salt Lake International Airport to the University of Utah campus. 
The approximate cost for a cab from the airport to the University Guest House is $25 - $30 (not including tip).  Please tell the Cab Driver to take you to the Heritage Center on the campus of the University of Utah.

X-press shuttle may be set up 24 hours in advance by calling 1-800-397-0773. The rate is $18 for the first person, if you are traveling in a group, each additional person is $10. (Tips are not included)

Driving directions from the airport to housing is listed below. Please send us an email with information about when you will be arriving. This will help us in our planning to meet you as you arrive in the dorms. Lisa Hoyt will be your contact person at the Dorms. We will provide you with cell phone contact numbers as we get closer to your arrival date.

  • Driving Directions for Salt Lake International Airport to Guest Housing at University of Utah
    • Leave SLC Airport onto ramp towards I-80/City Center/Ogden/Provo
    • Keep RIGHT
    • Stay STRAIGHT and Exit 121, “600 South” and continue East on 600 South
    • (Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd)
    • Turn LEFT onto State Street (heading North) travel 0.3 miles
    • Turn RIGHT at 400 South (heading East towards the mountains) travel 2.8 miles
    • Turn LEFT onto Wasatch Drive (Mario Cepecchi Drive) Wasatch Drive becomes Medical Drive, travel 0.4 miles
    • Turn RIGHT onto Hempstead, travel 0.3 miles
    • Turn LEFT onto Fort Douglas BLVD and
    • take an immediate RIGHT onto 2000 E/Lewis St
    • The Heritage Center is at the Top of the Semi-circle Drive
  • Check in at:
    • Chase N. Peterson Heritage Center Information Desk
      151 S Connor Road, Fort Douglas

Resident Advisor:

Lisa Hoyt will serve as our Head RA for the full session. She is a member of the Ballet West Faculty and has served in this capacity for a number of summers with us. We have also engaged many resident interns to assist students with questions, supervise in the dorms and to be a liaison between the dorms and Peter Christie, director of the summer Intensive.  There is also a supervisory person on duty at the dorms.  We will expect all students to coordinate with the resident interns to go off campus at any time.  All dancers are expected to follow the curfew times by being in your dorm room each day by the following times: 10 PM Sunday through Thursday and 11 PM Friday and Saturday for ALL participants. 


Students not residing in the dormitories will be responsible for their own mid-day meals and snacks.  This is an intensive program, which will require high energy from all students.  We believe in good nutrition and proper eating habits and nutritious snacks between classes will help to maintain your energy level.  We encourage you to bring water in your own water bottle (think green!) and drink continuously throughout the day.  During dinner, several of the food service facilities located on campus will be open and available to students.  Dormitory students will have a meal card which will proved 19 meals a week at the University.  There are several restaurants located on 1300 East, as well as a 7-11 and a drugstore.  On 400 South, there are more restaurants and a Smith’s Marketplace grocery store.

Dance Attire

Women/Girls: Pink footed tights, pink ballet slippers, black leotard in style of personal choice.  A black chiffon skirt (13 inches) may be used for pointe, variations and repertoire class.  Jazz classes require jazz shoes. Any color or style of leotard may be worn in the jazz classes and tight fitting Jazz pants are also allowed. Character classes require a hard soled character shoe or jazz shoe and a longer character skirt may be worn.  

Men/Boys:  Black or gray tights, black or white compression style shirt (i.e. UnderArmour), black ballet slippers or white socks with white ballet slippers, dance belt.  Black jazz pants may be worn for jazz.  Jazz shoes should be worn for character classes. 

All Dancers must bring a Yoga/Pilates mat for Conditioning and Yoga classes.

Please note that hair for All students should be well groomed. Long hair should be secured in place with a bun, french twist or similar forms. Please respect the art form of ballet and do not come to our intensive with extreme hairstyles: i.e. Mohawks, "faux hawks" , funky colors. Hair should be unadorned; no headbands, flowers, ribbons, etc. Jewelry should be limited to stud earrings only. No rings, bracelets, watches, necklaces are allowed in classes. 

Please do not wear nail polish.


For all students, there will be scheduled extra-curricular activities, which you may wish to attend. Students are responsible for paying for all extra-curricular activities. Particularly for students residing in the dormitory, trips will be planned at local points of interest in Salt Lake City.  Further information will be provided at the orientation meeting.


The beautiful Steiner Aquatic Center is within walking distance of our campus with shuttle service very close to the dorms. Open swimming times and admission prices are available by calling the Salt Lake City Sports Complex at 583-9713.

Spending Money

We anticipate about $125-$175 per session to be needed for tickets or admissions to any weekend activities dorm students will attend each session.  Any money you wish to spend for purchasing souvenirs, etc. is your own responsibility.  Salt Lake City offers a variety of shops, restaurants and other facilities, which students may wish to visit. Please do not send your child with travelers checks or personal checks.  We suggest students get a plus system debit card linked to a bank account.  That way parents can add money to the account at home and students can retrieve the money from any of the convenient ATM's on campus and throughout the valley.  If your student will be purchasing food off campus often they will need money for that as well.

Casual Wear

Summers in Salt Lake City tend to be quite warm and dry, with temperatures in the 90s.  Evening may be cooler, with temperatures in the 70s.  Students should bring casual summer clothing and several long-sleeved shirts, pants and a light jacket.


Campus police are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; however we recommend that students always travel in groups of three or more.

Other items

Since the summer session will entail some classroom work, students should bring notebooks, paper, pencils, pens, etc.  Dormitory rooms do not contain televisions, radios or computers (computer service is available at the Marriott Library).  Students will be responsible for all personal effects brought with them to the summer session and neither Ballet West Academy nor the University of Utah assumes any responsibility or liability for the loss, theft, or damage of any student’s personal property.  Refrigerators may be rented from housing through Ballet West at a cost of $75 for the session.  Click here to add a refrigerator rental to your cart.  

Health Insurance

Neither the Ballet West Academy nor the University of Utah provides any type of health insurance for non registered University of Utah students.  Each student must be covered by health insurance or other appropriate policy obtained by parents.  All parents are required to notify the Academy about the insurance covering their dancer.  As indicated in the release form, representatives of the summer session are authorized to obtain medical attention for your dancer in the event of injury or sickness, and it is expected that your health insurance will cover all costs of required care.  Parents, be assured we will notify you immediately of any health problem or disciplinary problem we encounter during the time your dancer is in our program.

Parent Observation

There is not a session end performance. We do however encourage parents to observe their dancers in classes at the end of their session. Parents of dancers who live locally are invited to observe classes the Monday and Tuesday of the last week of the session the dancer is involved with. Parents of dancers who are from out of town are invited to observe classes the Thursday and Friday of the last week of the session the dancer is involved with. Parents and/or legal guardians are the only people invited to watch.  Brothers and sisters, extended family and friends should find other activities for these times.  Parents should remember to be respectful of the class setting.  Parents are encouraged to bring their own comfortable seating if they wish to sit on the floor.

Notice of Nondiscrimination Policy

The Ballet West Academy and the University of Utah admit students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students of the summer session.  It does not discriminate on the bases of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, and other programs.