Ballet West Academy Launches Satellite Location in Park City

SALT LAKE CITY – February 10, 2016 – Utah’s internationally-acclaimed ballet school, the Frederick Quinney Lawson Ballet West Academy, is delighted to announce its expansion into Park City. This, the third satellite for the Academy, will incorporate the Park City Dance Academy of Performing Arts and its administration, as well as its recreational dance programs.

This location of the Ballet West Academy is being made possible, in-part, by Peggy Bergmann, longtime Ballet West donor. It will officially be known as the Peggy Bergmann Ballet West Academy. “I’m thrilled to be able to support the continued evolution of the Academy.  I know first-hand what ballet can do for a child; it builds a physical and emotional core that will be part of a person’s soul their entire lives,” said Bergmann.

The beautiful 6,000 square foot location, conveniently located near Kimball Junction at 6554 Creekside Lane, has four expansive sun-bathed studios. The school opened 18 years ago under the leadership of Sandy Flury and Trish Ryland. “We are so proud that Ballet West looked at both our facility and our training and asked us to umbrella under their prestigious and well-known brand. We remain committed to providing professional, high quality, performing arts education for all dancers, as we have for more than almost two decades,” said Flury and Ryland. Under the direction of Ballet West Academy Director Peter LeBreton Merz, the location will expand its already abundant ballet curriculum, while continuing to offer creative, jazz, contemporary, tap, and hip hop classes. Open Adult Class, a popular program at other Ballet West Academy locations will be added for adults in the community with an intermediate understanding of barre class.  

“Ballet West has a strong Education and Outreach program in Summit County, but we have had a vision of establishing a permanent physical location along the Wasatch-back for years. It is with much gratitude to Peggy Bergmann and other Park City residents that we thank them for making our dream a reality,” said Executive Director Scott Altman and Artistic Director Adam Sklute. “There is an exciting passion for the arts in Summit County, and we’re honored to help it grow by bringing Ballet West training to children and adults alike.”

There are substantial benefits to the students as the existing studios become part of the Ballet West fold: first and foremost, students will have access to even more world class instruction from in-house and guest teachers, they will have the opportunity to train alongside professional dancers from the main Company, and they will be associated with a dance organization that is recognized around the globe. Students also have the opportunity to perform at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre in productions like The Nutcracker and other story-length ballets.

Ballet West Academy attracts more than 550 dancers every year. Last year’s students came from 37 states and four foreign countries. Approximately 25 percent of the students receive some form of scholarship or financial assistance.

The community will be invited to the formal ribbon cutting and open house in July when classes begin under the Ballet West umbrella. Parents and community members with questions are encouraged to contact parkcity@balletwestacademy.org, and to stay up to date on developments at www.balletwest.org/academy