First Look

Katherine Lawrence in "The Sleeping Beauty." Photo by Ryan Galbraith

Katherine Lawrence in The Sleeping Beauty. Photo by Ryan Galbraith

First Look is a program aimed at Jr. 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, SLC, 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


Wednesday, October 18 | 6:15 pm

Join the Ballet West II dancers and students from the Ballet West Academy for a magic carpet ride full of comedy, romance, and adventure. Follow an impoverished youth and an entire cast of colorful and magical characters as Aladdin strives to win the love of his beautiful princess and spoil the plans of the wicked magician.

Carmina Burana

Thursday, November 2 | 6:30pm

In 1974, Willam Christensen shocked and excited audiences by presenting the Utah premiere of Carmina Burana, and it quickly grew into one of Ballet West’s most popular ballets. Now, Sklute brings you a brand new version of this powerful dance theater work. Created by Resident Choreographer, Nicolo Fonte, this world premiere is a co-production with Cincinnati Ballet. Carmina Burana will surge with transformative power and drama when an immense chorus joins the dancers on-stage singing Carl Orff’s unforgettable score. The program will open with Serenade, a piece of ethereal beauty that spotlights the artistic craft and genius of George Balanchine, performed to Tchaikovsky’s lush and moving Serenade for Strings.


Thursday, February 8 | 6:30pm

Sir Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella is considered the world’s greatest version of this timeless fairy tale. In 2013, Sklute brought it to Utah, making Ballet West the second company in America allowed to perform this sparkling classic, which is filled with romance and comedy. With a visit from her fairy godmother, Cinderella is whisked off to the royal ball for a magical night with the handsome prince. Complete with a profound musical score by Sergei Prokofiev, this classic story is filled with spellbinding dance and hilarious hijinks for the entire family.

The Shakespeare Suite

Thursday, April 12 | 6:30pm

With its elegance, wit, and theatricality, this program highlights some of Adam Sklute’s favorite works. Jiří Kylián’s highly athletic and profoundly emotional Return to a Strange Land deals with love and loss, set to the evocative piano music of Leoš Janáček. In 1958, modern dance pioneer Merce Cunningham created his unique Summerspace in collaboration with composer Morton Feldman and artist Robert Rauschenberg. Ballet West becomes one of a very few companies in the world to produce this fascinating exploration into movement, music, and art. The program closes with British choreographer David Bintley’s brilliant The Shakespeare Suite. At times intense, at times hilariously funny, the ballet is a series of pop-culture vignettes of different Shakespeare plays accompanied by the jazz strains of Duke Ellington.