Academy Scholarship Fund


Ballet West is committed to nurturing diverse young talent through the renowned Frederick Quinney Lawson Ballet West Academy. Each year, the Academy provides over $400,000 in scholarships to gifted young artists from all over the country.

By supporting the Ballet West Academy Scholarship Fund, you are providing young dancers of all backgrounds with equitable access to the highest caliber of ballet instruction.

In addition to fostering the next generation of dancers, Ballet West Academy classes provide students with opportunities for physical, social, and emotional development. Dancers are able to meet new friends, build self-esteem, and learn the value of perseverance and collaboration.

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Ways to support the Ballet West Academy Scholarship Fund.

General Scholarship Support – Provide general support for the Academy Scholarship Fund with a gift of any denomination.

Donors may “Name” a Scholarship Fund and offer guidelines for the scholarship, including whether the scholarship is awarded based on financial need, merit, or a combination thereof; specify a particular Academy campus; or, if the scholarship is specified for a male or female student.  For more information, please contact Alicia Brooks for more details at 801.869.6936.

Latina and Latino Scholarship Support – The Solomon Fund, through the Park City Community Foundation, underwrites support for tuition, uniforms, and ballet slippers for Latina and Latino students to study at the Peggy Bergmann Campus in Park City. Scholarships are offered for summer camps and for the academic year.

Honorary Scholarships – Honorary scholarships recognize artistic legends throughout Ballet West’s history. A donor may select which honorary scholarship they would like to support (listed below). A minimum gift of $1,000 is requested to support an honorary scholarship.

Mr. C, Founder of Ballet West
Adam Sklute, Current Artistic Director
Bené Arnold, First Ballet Mistress
Bruce Marks, Former Artistic Director


Legacy Scholarships – Legacy scholarships are reserved for major donors who make a significant contribution to Ballet West and are often associated with the naming of a studio or suite at an Academy campus.

Ballet West will recognize Academy Scholarship Fund gifts of $1,000 and above in season playbills for one year following the gift; the donor will also receive a one-year subscription to Ballet West’s magazine, Front Row.

Please contact Bretleigh Sandorf, Annual Giving Manager, at (801) 869-6919 for more information.

“Having a scholarship has always meant that the faculty believed in me and that I had the potential to succeed. Now, I can see how my scholarship has shaped my path to becoming a dancer.”

– Maren Florence, Ballet West Academy Professional Training Division Student


“Having a scholarship has strengthened my hope of becoming a professional dancer.”

– Jonas Malinka-Thompson, Ballet West Academy Professional Training Division Student

Read more about the Ballet West Academy.

The Frederick Quinney Lawson Ballet West Academy is home to more than 900 students across four campuses in northern Utah. The official school of Ballet West, the Academy provides quality instruction to both pre-professional students and those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of ballet. Academy students experience a structured curriculum in an encouraging and positive environment, which targets and explores each student’s individual strengths and abilities.


The Ballet West Academy offers scholarships to talented young artists from all over the country, both for its academic year and summer intensive programs. Most scholarships are awarded to students who are at least 13 years of age. Annual scholarship support per student can range from $3,000 – $6,000. Ballet West’s Artistic Director and Academy Director select scholarship recipients.

Please contact Bretleigh Sandorf, Annual Giving Manager, at (801) 869-6919 for more information.

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*Please indicate the campus you wish to support in the preferred gift designation box:  “Park City Scholarship Fund”, “SLC Scholarship Fund” or “TGP Scholarship Fund”.