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 education@balletwest.org or 801·869·6911

Download a printable schedule of First Look


Balanchine’s Ballets Russes

Thursday, October 24 | 6:30 pm

Explore the origins of Balanchine’s choreographic genius in this historic triple bill, reconstructing his most significant early works while living in France. Le Chant du Rossignol (The Song of the Nightingale) is a tale of a mysterious songbird that cures an ailing Chinese emperor. What emerges is a parable about nature’s capacity to heal wounds, and the need for humanity to be led by beauty and light. Balanchine’s Apollo is as elegant and restrained as it is dramatic and powerful. His version follows the young god as he is ushered into adulthood by the muses of poetry, mime, and dance. Finally, Prodigal Son‘s story of sin and redemption, taken from the Gospel of Luke, presents a universal message through an expressive score and provocative movement.


Snow White

Wednesday, November 6 | 6:15pm

A classic fairy tale is reborn in this magical, brand new production. The Grimms’ fairy tale receives an illustrious treatment in this Ballet West II world premiere. The newest installment in the Family Classics series, Snow White is presented in just over an hour with guided narration and features the magic mirror, poisoned apple, and mysterious dwarves that will keep the entire family on the edge of their seats!


Bolero & The Dream

Thursday, April 16 | 6:00pm

Dynamic power and comedic timing are on full display in this double bill. Buoyant and boisterous, this double bill features The Dream, Sir Frederick Ashton’s charming and hilarious Victorian retelling of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Resident choreographer Nicolo Fonte’s acclaimed Bolero returns, with Ravel’s commanding score leading the charge.