Members of the Ballet West two group perform together

Ballet West's second company, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, is composed of pre-professionals from around the globe, and has been critically lauded for their physicality and diverse repertoire.

January 3, 2017
Writer: Don Sparhawk

REXBURG, IDAHO-Ballet West II will perform in the Kirkham Auditorium at Brigham Young University-Idaho on Friday, January 13, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Center Stage Performing Arts Series. 

Ballet West's second company, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, is composed of pre-professionals from around the globe, and has been critically lauded for their physicality and diverse repertoire.  

Ballet West II has established a reputation as an elite touring ensemble, with the versatility to perform a broad spectrum of dance in venues of all sizes across the country. The two-year program provides unique training and performing opportunities for 12 young dancers, offering them personalized attention and the opportunity to enter a world-class company.  

Directed by Calvin Kitten, with help from assistant director Peggy Dolkas, the team has a knowledge of ballet and ballet training that is unparalleled in the industry. Kitten, a 19-year veteran of The Joffrey Ballet, has two Ruth Page Awards, and has been featured on the cover of Dance Magazine. In 2001, he was named one of the "25 Dancers to Watch." 

Dolkas was a Ballet West soloist and was named "Best Choreographer" from the Salt Lake Weekly Art Awards. She co-choreographed "The Little Mermaid" in 2012, "Aladdin" in 2013 and "Beauty and the Beast" in 2015 for Ballet West's Family Series. Together, Kitten and Dolkas have elevated Ballet West II's talented dancers to new heights. 

Besides frequently presenting to sold-out audiences across the United States, Ballet West II also serves as a major component for Ballet West's Outreach and Education initiatives. Last year alone, the various programs had the troupe performing in front of over 110,000 educators and students in Utah. For members of Ballet West II, this is an unprecedented opportunity to gain experience alongside the professional company, while helping to further Ballet West's commitment to community education and outreach. 

Tickets for the performance are $12 for the general public and $6 for BYU-Idaho students. They are available online at tickets.byui.edu or on school days from the University Store Ticket Office (496-3170).