First Look

Principals Beckanne Sisk and Christopher Ruud in Swan Lake. Photo by Luke Isley

Principals Beckanne Sisk and Christopher Ruud in Swan Lake. Photo by Luke Isley

First Look is a program aimed at junior high and high school students. Each year, students are invited to a preview performance of Ballet West’s current show. Students get an inside look at the inner workings of a ballet performance before the show opens to the public, a unique opportunity to sit in on dress rehearsals of Ballet West active repertory.

This invitation is extended to students from grades 7 and higher, as well as teachers from any level of teaching.

First Look features the entire evening of repertory, with a pre-performance discussion led by a member of the Ballet West Education staff. We have the ability to accept groups as small as one or two students, teachers attending on their own, or large groups attending together. Parent chaperones are welcome as well. We’re very flexible. This must be arranged through the teacher of any particular group. Please share this opportunity with other faculty members who may be interested in taking advantage of this unique event for their students and themselves.

All performances are at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre: 50 West 200 South, Salt Lake City, Utah  Reserve early – seating is limited.

Groups of 40 or more may request a student/teacher workshop to supplement their attendance at a Ballet West First Look presentation. Availability is limited.

To reserve seats or for questions, please contact the Education Department at or 801·869·6911

Download a printable schedule of First Look

Beauty and the Beast

Wednesday, October 24 | 6 pm

Join us as we bring beloved fairy tales to life through the magic of ballet. This lively and entertaining performance will provide proof that there’s more than one way to help our children understand how and why a classic fairy tale becomes a “classic.”


Thursday, November 1 | 6:30pm

Jewels is George Balanchine’s masterpiece with three works that show the true beauty and dynamism of the Company. Emeralds is a sublime glimpse of French mystery, Rubies is an American athletic explosion, and the performance ends with the grand-scale Russian pageantry of Diamonds.

Swan Lake

Thursday, February 7 | 6:30pm

This romantic story of Prince Siegfried, the beautiful woman turned swan, Odette and the evil sorcerer, Von Rothbardt, will mesmerize students with it’s drama, grace and beauty. Teachers will have multiple connections to make to core curriculum concepts.


Thursday, April 4 | 6:30pm

Choreographer John Cranko is unmatched in his ability to tell complex love stories with opulent movement and passionate emotions. Created in 1965 and based on Alexander Pushkin’s revered verse-novel, Onegin follows the story of Tatiana as she falls for, and then is rejected by, a handsome stranger who realizes too late his tragic decisions.