“Turn Out” for Ballet West – Challenge Match



A $250,000 Challenge Match 

The world has changed and so has Ballet West.

While we’ve been working from home, waiting to return the stage, our creativity hasn’t taken a break — we have been dreaming big and planning innovative new ways we can engage with you this season.

Ballet West is excited to announce a $250,000 Challenge Match from the Emma Eccles Jones Foundation, George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Garbett Family Foundation, Peggy Bergmann and Beano Solomon.

This Challenge Match will not only help us navigate the challenges of reduced ticket revenue for the 2020-2021 season, it will also help us invest in new digital content – allowing us to bring more of Ballet West into your home.

With this Challenge Match, Ballet West will match all new or increased donations dollar for dollar, up to $250,000.


“Turn Out” for Ballet West:
Make your Challenge Match today.

Donate Today!


 All Challenge Match donations will sustain our programs while investing in future initiatives:

Main Stage to Digital Age

  • Stream new and archival ballets online
  • Journey behind-the-scenes on virtual tours and artist conversations
  • Explore the artistic process through conversations with dancers, choreographers, and composers

Dance with Us

  • Enroll in our growing Frederick Quinney Lawson Ballet West Academy or sign up for our Virtual Academy, which offers ballet classes for students and adults at all levels
  • Engage your at-home student(s) with Ballet West’s online educational programs, including new original content for K-12 students and educators
  • Keep dancing with Senior Steps Online, which promotes wellness, balance, and cognitive strength for seniors from the comfort and safety of home

New Works and New Voices

  • Principal Artist Emily Adams, Principal Artist, along with Sundance Institute’s Film Music alumni Katy Jarzebowski, have been commissioned by Ballet West to create a new ballet with original choreography and a music score.
  • Ballet West will premiere a new work in 2021 by Jennifer Archibald, who is known for integrating classical ballet with pop culture as well her commercial work for high-profile clients and chart-listed artists
  • Matthew Neenan, renowned choreographer and co-founder of Ballet X, will return to Ballet West to create a new commission in 2021

How We Will Thank You for “Turning Out”

Challenge Match donors who give a gift of $100 or more, over and above total support from the previous fiscal year, will receive the following benefits during the 2020-21 season:

  • Recognition in 2020-21 season playbills and on the Ballet West website.
  • An invitation for two to attend a special reception and a dress rehearsal of The Dream & Bolero on April, 2021.


Challenge Match benefits are separate from annual giving benefits.

For more information, please call Bretleigh Sandorf, Development Data Manger, 801-869-6919 or bsandorf@balletwest.org.


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Challenge Match donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.

The CARES Act has enacted new rules around charitable giving. The bill makes a new charitable deduction available for up to $300 per taxpayer, regardless of whether or not you itemize deductions. If you do itemize, you may elect to deduct qualified contributions of up to 100% of your adjusted gross income in 2020. Please consult your tax advisor or financial planner to determine the impact of CARES Act changes on your personal tax situation.