The Frederick Quinney Lawson Ballet West Academy, one of the most prestigious ballet schools in the country, opened a fourth campus in Park City on Thursday, August 18th with a ceremony and ribbon cutting. Located at Kimball Junction, the public was welcomed into the new state-of-the-art facility which has four expansive studios in a serene mountain environment. The campus will provide comprehensive dance training and the highest level of instruction by a skilled faculty well-versed in Ballet West Academy’s renowned curriculum and style.  

The Park City campus will be directed by leading Ballet West Academy faculty member, former dancer, professor, and choreographer, Cati Snarr, who was recently promoted to the position after serving as the Children’s Ballet Mistress at Ballet West. Snarr has received an Emmy for her choreographic achievements during the 2002 Winter Olympics. Moving forward, she will continue to choreograph and produce the NFL Super Bowl Halftime, among other high-profile sporting events and award shows.

“Since I arrived at Ballet West nearly ten years ago, it has been a priority of mine to build and develop the Academy. We are thrilled for this opportunity to serve more of our community with this new location,” said Ballet West CEO & Artistic Director, Adam Sklute. “The Park City location will forever be known as the Ballet West Academy Peggy Bergmann Campus. Peggy lives just minutes away from the location, and she has been a dear friend to Ballet West. This new campus would not have been possible without her support and we are eternally grateful.”

“There is a passion for the arts in Summit County, and we’re honored to bring our renowned curriculum, instructors, and training to children and adults alike,” said Ballet West Academy Director, Peter LeBreton Merz. “Our founder, Willam Christensen, was an advocate of training the youngest dancers to the highest levels. I am proud to helm an institution which is the torch bearer for Mr. C. and his legacy of inspiring youth. Cati Snarr studied with Mr. C. personally, and will use his example to develop the talents of even more students along the Wasatch back.”

A sincere thank you to Park City’s Savoury Kitchen, which supplied refreshments for the ribbon cutting.