Sklute came to Ballet West in 2007 from Chicago's Joffrey Ballet, where he was an associate artistic director.
Artistic staff promotions
• Jane Wood-Smith, a former company principal artist, has been named ballet mistress.
• Christopher Ruud, who will continue performing as a company principal artist, has been named the director of Ballet West II.
• Nicolo Fonte, a choreographer with extensive national and international credits, has been named resident choreographer.
First soloists • Haley Henderson-Smith, Thomas Mattingly, Elizabeth McGrath, Ronnie Underwood and Arolyn Williams
Soloists • Adrian Fry and Sayaka Ohtaki
Demi-soloists • Katie Critchlow and Beckanne Sisk
New artist • Amy Potter, from Ballet West II; Sarah Hochman, from Pennsylvania Ballet II
Apprentices • Ronald Tilton and Joshua Whitehead, from Ballet West II
Ballet West II additions • Mary Ann Schaefer, Chase O'Connell, Logan Martin, Jordan Veit and Kazlyn Nielsen
Departures • Aidan DeYoung, Kuei-Hsien Chu and Kathryn Meeusen, from Ballet West; and Kathleen Martin and Ryan Sargent, from Ballet West II.
Beyond 'Breaking Pointe'
Ballet West will open its season by performing its annual Gala on Oct. 27. The opening dance concert, running Nov. 2-3 and 7-10, will feature the world premiere of Val Caniparoli's "The Lottery," based on the famous short story by Shirley Jackson; "Bolero," choreographed by Nicolo Fonte to the music of Maurice Ravel; and Helen Pickett's "But Never Doubt I Love," set to music by Felix Mendelssohn and Franz Liszt.
Tickets • Season tickets are available at www.arttix.org, 801-355-2787, or 801-869-6920.