SALT LAKE CITY, UT—Ballet West has hired Shawn Spainhour as Ballet West Academy’s Managing Director to guide strategic growth, lead the day-to-day operations, and enhance the client experience for the Ballet West Academy family members.

Spainhour has a background in managing private school systems as a regional executive director of the Challenger Schools Foundation and more recently, as a director of operations for a national coding boot camp. Spainhour will work alongside Ballet West Academy Director Peter LeBreton Merz, who will continue to nurture and develop the artistry and talent in the studios at all four campuses.

 “The Ballet West Academy has experienced tremendous expansion in the last few years, and there are exciting opportunities for even more growth,” said Executive Director Michael Scolamiero. “Shawn brings his vast experience with an eye towards marketing, branding, and elevating the prestige of the school, both nationally, and internationally.”                                                                         

Spainhour has a dual bachelor’s of arts in International Relations and Economics from Syracuse University, with an advanced degree from American University in Cairo, Egypt. Spainhour started his professional career in the United States Army as an Intelligence Officer where he was awarded the Bronze Star. “I’m thrilled to help guide the future direction of this storied institution,” said Spainhour. “I’ve always had an affinity for the arts, especially Ballet West. Ballet West Academy is a wonderful organization to ply my years of experience in education, operations, marketing, and strengthen a brand. It is an honor to help.”

Joshua Jones
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