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Ballet West Academy

Feb. 6 2023

While commemorating six decades of helping shape the face of American ballet this year, Ballet West Academy celebrates the incredible strides it makes in championing women across the Wasatch Front.

How Ballet West Academy Champions Women

With four campuses from Salt Lake City to Pleasant Grove to Park City, Ballet West Academy has skillfully created a flexible work environment that encourages remote work options, fewer mandatory meetings, and the opportunity to work from multiple campus locations. This environment allows their employees—the majority of whom are women—to effectively balance their schedules and childcare needs while also reducing travel time.

The organization also has several hybrid positions that allow instructors to take on more administrative responsibilities. These assignments help ensure employees reach a 30-hour work week to qualify for full-time benefits. Additionally, the dance academy increased its tuition offerings to full- and part-time employees.

These important changes have come about due to a talented all-female leadership team—the first in Ballet West Academy’s 59-year history. Together, Evelyn Cisneros-Legate, Sarah Taylor, Allison DeBona, Katherine Lawrence, and Heather Thackeray prove they value and support women in business.

Why Supporting Women Is Important to Ballet West Academy

Ballet West Academy supports women because they are an integral part of the art of ballet, the business behind it, and the community supporting it. Empowering women in leadership roles, offering flexible work schedules and tuition reimbursement, and providing other excellent work benefits for Utah women is one way it contributes to elevating the community.

100 Utah Companies Championing Women

Supporting women in business makes Ballet West Academy one of Inspire In Utah’s 100 Companies Championing Women. Workplace diversity, equality, and flexibility are key to helping our businesses, communities, and society thrive. 

Learn more about the Inspire In Utah initiative by following their Instagram and LinkedIn accounts.

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