BY JENNIFFER WARDELL
Clipper Staff Writer
BOUNTIFUL — Generations of dancers have learned their art at the Bountiful School of Ballet.
To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the school is holding a special production of “Alice in Wonderland” on May 17 at 7 p.m. and May 18 at 1 p.m. at Woods Cross High School. Admission is free.
The ballet, an original, choreographed by various teachers at the school, has been a favorite with audiences over the years. The ballet is double cast, with cast A performing on Friday and cast B on Saturday.
“It’s one of our signature productions,” said Megan Ware, a teacher at the school and daughter of co-founder Kate Ostroski. “We were kind of the first ones to do the story.”
After dancing at the University of Utah, Ostroski started the school with fellow dancer Sandra Swensen.
“They chose this area because it wasn’t saturated yet,” said Ware.
All of the teachers at the school are former students. Ware has been with the school since she was 3 years old, when she started as a student. After moving up through all the classes and going on to dance at the University of Utah, she returned to the school to teach.
“I feel so lucky to be here,” she said. “It’s just such an amazing place.”
Though Ostroski and Swenson get the last word, the entire staff helps choreograph at least part of the school’s productions.
“It’s very much a group effort,” said Ware. “We rely on each other’s strengths.”
Though ballet is the focus of the school’s curriculum, it does offer classes in modern, jazz, hip-hop and character dance.
“Character dance is folk dance that’s ballet based,” said Ware. “You’ll see it in ballets such as ‘Giselle.’”
Those students will have their own concert May 11 at 4:30 p.m. at Woods Cross High School. Admission to that concert will be free as well.
“We never charge admission,” said Ware. “It’s one of our core values.”