Melody Kester

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A Grown-Up’s Guide to the Rides at Lagoon

Lagoon is Utah’s biggest and best amusement park. For the wary, here's a breakdown of the park's most popular rides.

Utah Field Guide: The Grid System

Nine days (nine days!) after the Latter-day Saint pioneers’ entry into the Salt Lake Valley—which, if you’re counting, was August 2, 1847—the Saints had a street system mapped out. The streets-to-be would...

Dance for the Ages

Ballet West showcases the original Nutcracker. It's been 75 years since William F. Christensen mounted his iconic full-length production of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, which delighted and amazed audiences at the...

ODT’s Redux Nutcracker is a Dance on the Wild Side

You all know the story of this ballet: It starts when Clara (Bailey Evans) is given a Nutcracker by Drosselmeyer (Diego Ballesteros). Or you thought you did: Clara throws the nutcracker away and Drosselmeyer replaces...

Odyssey Dance Theatre Presents Redux Nutcracker

Odyssey Dance Theatre, for the seventh year in a row, will present Redux Nutcracker December 17 - 23 starting at 7:30 p.m. at Kingsbury Hall on the University of Utah campus. This...

Ballet West’s The Nutcracker Celebrates its 75th Anniversary Live

Ballet West and BYUtv Team Up for A History Making Performance - On February 21, 2019 Ballet West announced the national broadcast of the The Nutcracker’s 75th anniversary. This is due to a...

INSIDE OUTSIDE Review

Repertory Dance Theatre the nation’s oldest and most successful modern dance repertory began their 54th season earlier this month. I attended opening night of the INSIDE OUTSIDE performance at the Rose Wagner...

Choreographic Festival goes International

Ballet West held its Choreographic Festival this past week starting on May 8, 2019 with the Salt Lake Premiere of Danseur, a film from Scott Gormley that explores the gender inequality in...

Melody Kester