Not sure if you had a chance to watch "Breaking Pointe," the CW Network's docu-drama about Ballet West, but if you did you were most likely glued to your television set (or laptop) each week catching the best back stage look of BW one could ever imagine. Which brings me to the present, it's October and one of the highlights of the month is the Ballet West Gala.

Ballet West Demi-Soloists Alison DeBona & Rex Tilton Bolero. Photo By Jesse Coss

Truly an evening to remember, this year's Ballet West Gala features a sampling of Petite Mort, Bolero, George Balanchine’s Diamonds, Marius Petipa’s La Esmerelda, Defile performance by The Ballet West Academy, and a new work for Ballet West II – Without Fall, choreographed by Principal Artist and Ballet West II Director Christopher Ruud. 

After the performance guests with Gala Event tickets or patron tables will enjoy an elegant evening of dinner and dancing at the Grand America Hotel. Single performance ticket holders will enjoy a dessert reception immediately following the performance at the Capitol Theatre.  Proceeds from this event will support Ballet West’s diverse artistic programs, educational programs and outreach efforts.

This year’s Gala will also include a new twist as members of the Ballet West board doll up and dance in the first ever “Dancing For Our Stars” competition of the night. Five men and five women from the board and Premiere Donor Club have been paired with professionals to compete in one of four dances: Fox Trot, Tango, Swing, Cha-Cha. They’ll compete for votes from the audience and rankings from the judges. Can’t come to the event to vote for your favorite participant? Go here  to see the list of participants and vote in advance to show your support.

For tickets to the Ballet West Gala go to

Also be sure to pick up the November/December issue of Salt Lake magazine featuring Ballet West principal dancers Christiana Bennett and Christopher Ruud in Hollywood Holiday, a fashion shoot at Park City's luxurious Washington School House.