As the only professional classical ballet company in the state, Ballet West is committed and privileged to bring the joy of dance to all students. Our programs offer Utah students a wide range of exposure to all types of dance and life skills, such as the importance of staying in school and maintaining a healthy lifestyle - messages that today’s average student desperately needs to hear. The content and quality of our programs are not duplicated by any other program in the state. Without Ballet West’s arts education programs, the students of Utah would miss out on a well-rounded education and the life-changing message of the importance of the arts in everyday life. It is essential for all Utah students to be exposed to Ballet West’s arts education programs, not just as way to build future audiences and patrons of ballet, but as a way to inspire future young dancers, costume designers, choreographers, musicians and crew.
Ballet West’s programs - including I CAN DO (Inspiring Children About Not Dropping Out), Ballet West for Children, In-Theatre Student Presentations, and First look - are designed to reach a wide variety of students, educators, and community members, regardless of background or circumstance. These programs vary in approach, while maintaining the consistent goal of teaching core-curriculum concepts and life skills in a manner that is accessible and enjoyable for the students.
Ballet West believes that in taking our performing arts education programs to schools throughout the state, we are enhancing the learning experiences of students and encouraging creative and out-of-the-box thinking. We make a specific effort to bring these programs to many schools that have Title I status, meaning that the main student population is lower-income and underserved; by doing this, we are providing the students there with an experience that they might not have had otherwise.
The goals of Ballet West's education and outreach programs are to provide high-quality dance education and to enhance the state's core curriculum for dance through:
• Encouraging the appreciation of dance as an art form;
• Informing students of their cultural and community heritage;
• Presenting identifiable role models who exemplify the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle;
• Teaching students how to dance; and
• Providing students with the experience of performing before an audience (I CAN DO).
Ballet West has designed its educational programs to meet what is most needed as identified within the state and to provide services that are not duplicated elsewhere by another organization.