Artist Resource Fund
Preparing for the Second Act
The Artist Resource Fund supports continuing education for dancers to prepare for careers after dancing. Both dancers and Ballet West pay into the fund, but dancers oversee how the funds are governed and used.
The fund is helping former Artist Lucas Horns receive his degree in Urban Ecology at the University of Utah.
Former Artist Jordan Richardson went to a Washington D.C. baking school and credits the fund with helping her begin a ‘sweet’ business as “The Ballerina Baker.”
Former Ballet West Principal Arolyn Williams’ passion for the GYROTONIC Method took her to Boulder, Colorado, to receive training which she uses to help clients relearn biomechanics through strengthening, stretching, and integrating healthy movement patterns.
Kate Crews, former Ballet West Soloist and current Academy Principal of the School of Nashville Ballet says:
“I look back fondly at my time on stage with the Company, as well as being a part of the founding years of The Artists Resource Fund. Through this resource I was able to train to become a certified yoga instructor. When I retired from Ballet West I started to teach yoga full time (as well as continued coaching and teaching ballet classes) and eventually I ran a small non-profit that supported yoga and mindfulness instruction to at-risk populations in our community. I am so thankful that I was afforded the opportunity to explore my horizons as a dancer with the support of the Artist Resource Fund.”
Michael Bearden, former Ballet West Principal Artist and current Director of Dance at the University of Oklahoma says:
“It was an honor to be part of the launching of the Artists Resource Fund at Ballet West. I had the pleasure of watching so many professional artists become empowered and inspired to broaden their education as a result of the support they received from this fund. Many Ballet West Artists began to look to life beyond their dancing careers and so many of them have made significant contributions to society beyond the stage.”