Ballet West sprang from a strong pioneering spirit. By the time founder William F. Christensen established this company in 1963 with the support of Utah’s renowned arts leader Glenn Walker Wallace, he had already established the oldest ballet company in the Western United States (San Francisco) and he had established the first ballet department in an American university (University of Utah). Ballet West strives to continue in this tradition by incorporating late 20th and early 21st century choreography into their repertory, while maintaining their classical ballet lineage, even still performing Christensen’s own original Nutcracker.
Ballet West Information
- Public Transportation: Good (a short walk from buses 2, 3, 11, 205, 500, and 519 at West 200 South/South Main Street, and buses 220, 550, and 951 at West 200 South/South West Temple; and a 5-minute walk from Light Rail lines 701 and 704 at West Broadway/South Main Street)
- Handicapped Accessible: Good
- Performances/ Programs: 5–6 repertory programs each year plus the annual Nutcracker. Each program runs for two weeks with about six performances. The Nutcracker is performed regularly throughout the month of December
- Ticket Prices: Range from $19–$75. Students 16 and older can purchase half-price tickets within one hour of performance
- Group Discounts: Groups of 10 or more may receive discounts of up to $16 per ticket
- Subscriptions: 3-show (Bronze $48–$195); 4-show (Silver $84–$231; Gold $64–$260); 5-show (Platinum $100–$296); 6-show (Platinum Plus $145–$341). Benefits include ticket insurance, special children’s season ticket prices, VIP subscriber service, and occasional promotions.