SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Ballet West recently held its third annual Spring Soirée, where a record-breaking $307,000 was raised to support training of the next generation of dancers at the Frederick Quinney Lawson Ballet West Academy.

Over 150 community leaders and supporters attended the third annual Spring Soirée, where all of the proceeds generated were in support of the Frederick Quinney Lawson Ballet West Academy, including financial aid and scholarship funds. More than 100 students at the Ballet West Academy benefit from the donations as they pursue their dream of dance.

“The Frederick Quinney Lawson Ballet West Academy has grown into one of the nation’s largest and most highly-respected training institutions for dance, and as more and more students enroll here, the need for support through scholarships and financial aid has increased,” said Executive Director Michael Scolamiero. “The Spring Soirée’s proceeds are an important source of revenue for making training accessible to a wide range of talented students of varying backgrounds.”

There is still an opportunity to support young dancers in our programs.

The event included a world premiere by resident choreographer Nicolo Fonte, in addition to performances from Ballet West Company Artists and students from the Ballet West Academy. Attendees of the event bid on items that were auctioned off, which included walk-on roles for The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, a personal fitting with Designer Carolina Herrera in New York, and a Dracula or Bride costume custom designed and created by the Ballet West costume shop.

The Frederick Quinney Lawson Ballet West Academy, the official school of Ballet West, is Utah’s premier source of dance training, providing the highest caliber of ballet instruction to professionally bound students as well as to those who simply wish to enjoy this beautiful and athletic art-form. Academy students experience a structured curriculum offered in a nurturing, respectful, and positive environment, celebrating and exploring each student’s individual strengths and abilities.

The Ballet West Academy and its distinguished faculty is led by Evelyn Cisneros-Legate, an ever-growing and dynamic leader in the international field of dance. Pre-professional students are given the unique opportunity to be observed regularly and take classes with Ballet West Artistic Director, Adam Sklute, and be considered for future positions with Ballet West. Avocational students build strength, coordination, and confidence through focused and joyous top-level dance education.

Classes begin at age three and are available at four campuses in these locations: Salt Lake City, Utah County, and Park City.