Also directing: Artistic Director Ballet West
Adam Sklute brings passion, diversity and eclecticism to Ballet West. Since 2007, Sklute has expanded Ballet West’s repertoire, visibility, and overall outlook with exciting company premieres, increased touring, new full-length classics, and new creations by renowned and up-and-coming choreographers.
Under Sklute’s leadership Ballet West has toured extensively, appearing twice at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, twice at New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival, and twice at the Chicago Dancing Festival. Over the past five years The Company has also appeared at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in 2011, The Laguna Dance Festival in 2010, and in Las Vegas with Nevada Ballet Theater in 2010 and 2012. In 2009, Ballet West graced the cover of Dance Magazine for the first time in 25 years. In 2012, Ballet West was the subject of the BBC Worldwide Production’s reality television seriesÂ Breaking Pointe, which aired on the CW Network.
Sklute has introduced Ballet West to such renowned contemporary choreographers as Jiri Kylian, Mark Morris and Twyla Tharp, among others, while expanding the company’s Balanchine repertoire and adding early 20th Century Diaghilev-era masterpieces. In addition to reintroducing lost elements of Christensen’s production ofÂ The Nutcracker, Sklute has conceived and produced new versions ofÂ Swan Lake andThe Sleeping Beauty and developed Ballet West’s wildly successful new works program –Â Innovations.
Sklute danced with and rose to the rank of Associate Director at The Joffrey Ballet before joining Ballet West. An Adjunct Professor of dance at the University of Utah, Sklute is also a guest teacher, judge, and coach for dance programs, competitions and workshops worldwide.