Ballet West Announces Company Promotions, New Additions to Its Roster

Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute is pleased to announce that Allison DeBona, Aidan DeYoung, and Rex Tilton have been promoted from Company Apprentice to the rank of Artist; and Whitney Huell and Alexander MacFarlan have been promoted from Ballet West II to Main Company Apprentices. Additionally Eduardo Permuy joins Ballet West’s company roster of Artists. Eduardo comes to Ballet West from Cincinnati Ballet. Prior to that, he was with The Joffrey Ballet.

Sklute is also pleased to announce that Sara Webb, currently a Principal Dancer with Houston Ballet and a Park City native, will return for Ballet West’s 2009-10 season as a Principal Guest Artist. She joins returning Ballet West Principal Artists Michael Bearden, Romi Beppu, Christiana Bennett and Christopher Ruud.

"I am so proud and impressed with the consistently high level of the Ballet West Artists, and this year’s roster really highlights that fact,” said Sklute. “I am also excited to be able to start bringing out more home-grown talent trained here at our Academy and around Utah and the Intermountain Region.”

New Additions to Ballet West II
Ballet West’s training company Ballet West II welcomes six new faces to its roster for the 2009-10 season – Elanor Bock from Chicago, Il.; Tyler Gum from Colorado Springs, Colo.; Trevor Naumann, the son of famed New York City Ballet Soloist Peter Naumann; Henry Philofsky from Portland, Ore.; Jamie Lynne Schultz from Los Angeles Ballet, and Salt Lake City’s own Gabriella Hayes Moore, the first female Ballet West Academy student to join Ballet West in more than fifteen years. 2009-10 Season Tickets On Sale Now Ballet West opens its 2009-10 season with Sir Frederick Ashton’s The Dream – together with Ben Stevenson’s stunning Three Preludes and Bruce Marks’ tribute to Utah’s Mormon pioneers, Songs of the Valley. The magic continues in December with Utah’s favorite holiday tradition – The Nutcracker. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Ballet West presents the most beloved ballet of all time – Swan Lake, complete with spectacular and classical staging, newly conceived by Artistic Director Adam Sklute. In the spring, Ballet West pays tribute to George Balanchine with a triple-bill of the great choreographer’s works – including his windswept Serenade, the Ballet West premiere of Agon, and Stars & Stripes - Balanchine’s American salute to the marches of John Philip Souza. Ballet West’s season concludes with Innovations, featuring a world premiere ballet by American choreographer Helen Pickett and three original works created by Ballet West artists, for Ballet West artists. Season subscriptions are currently on sale, with tickets starting at $48. For more information on season tickets, call the Ballet West subscription office at (801) 869-6920.

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