Barbara Olsen is the principal ballet. Her philosophy is to teach children to love to dance while learning to execute proper techniques and develop talent all with a positive attitude. She has also choreographed many children’s ballets,and is the only teacher to present a full length Nutcracker Ballet with children as young as three. Ms. Olsen comes from a long history in ballet. Her career being taught by William Christensen, the founder of Ballet West. She has also performed in many ballets. Barbara was a ballet major at the University of Utah. And her teachers include William Christensen, Bene Arnold, Gordon Paxman, Mattelin Gavers, Al Gilbert, Roland Butler. Her showcase of students have often auditioned for various ballet workshops, and received scholarships around the state and country such as: University of Utah, B.Y.U., College of Eastern Utah, Idaho, Walnut Hills School of the Arts, Dance Aspen, Joffery Ballet (N.Y.C.),University of Las Vegas, American Ballet Theatre (N.Y.C.).and the coveted William F. Christensen Ballet Scholarship. Many students have received principal roles with Ballet West’s Nutcracker including “Clara” & “Fritz” Many students have been varsity cheerleaders, on drill teams, dance companies and college Cheerleaders As well as becoming professional dance teachers. Presently, Barbara has been involved as member of the Utah Ballet Teachers Association and the Sandy Arts Guild. She’s been on the production committee for Sandy City, the Secretary for Sandy Dance Alliance, and Producer of the annual Sandy City Talent show.