Ballet West's performance of "Bolero" offers a giant crescendo to ecstasy and more. It's also the last chance to see principal ballerina Romi Beppu on a Utah stage.
Beppu was a principal ballerina at Boston Ballet when Ballet West hired her as a principal dancer in 2008. Though at 34 she is still dancing in her prime, Beppu is retiring from ballet to start a ballet school in Hawaii, her home state. It's a plan she's been developing for more than five years.
"Romi has been a gift to Ballet West on so many levels," said artistic director Adam Sklute. "It's not just because of her exquisite dancing, high degree of professionalism and love for the art. She has been wonderful in bolstering the spirit and positive energy of the company."