Ballet West Opens New, State of the Art Dance Training Facility in Utah County
In celebration, Ballet West will offer free classes the week of August 18-22
SALT LAKE CITY –Ballet West will open the new Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation Ballet West Academy at Thanksgiving Point, a premiere ballet academy in Utah County. It will provide comprehensive ballet training and the highest level of instruction and performance opportunities in a new, state of the art facility. To celebrate the grand opening, the Ballet West Academy will offer free children and adult classes the week of August 18-22, and host a ribbon cutting ceremony the morning of August 22.
The program will be directed by prominent Utah County Arts leader and dance instructor Jennie Creer-King. Ballet West Academy at Thanksgiving Point will feature a classical ballet focus, and offer children the opportunity to dance in professional performances throughout a full season.
“It’s such an exciting time for growth and expansion for Ballet West, and we’re thrilled for this opportunity to serve an even larger community with this new Academy location,” said Ballet West Executive Director Scott Altman. “There is such a passion for the arts in Utah County, and we’re honored to bring renowned Ballet West training to children and adults alike.”
“The Ballet West Academy is quickly growing into one of America’s leading institutions for dance training, and we are grateful to Barbara Barrington Jones for helping us to create an even closer relationship with Utah County.” said Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute. “Under the excellent direction of former Ballet West dancer Jennie Creer-King, we will be able to develop the talents of even more students here in Utah, and throughout the country.”
The Ballet West Academy at Thanksgiving Point is possible thanks to the sponsorship of the Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation. The Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation was established in 1996 to enhance the quality of lives of individuals of all ages throughout the world.
“As a former ballet dancer, I feel like I’m living a dream by sponsoring this new Ballet West Academy,” said Barbara Barrington Jones.
Ballet West Academy attracts more than 550 students every year. Last year’s students came from 37 states and 2 foreign countries. Approximately 25% of the students receive some form of scholarship or financial assistance.