Dance Legend Bruce Caldwell Honored by SLC Mayor

On Nov. 3, 2018 Mayor Jackie Biskupski declared this day “Bruce Caldwell Golden Anniversary Day.” Bruce was honored in a brief ceremony before the curtain at that evening’s performance of Jewels by the Mayor for his contributions to the arts and a remarkable legacy in the community.  “Salt Lake City is extremely proud of this native son for advancing and elevating the arts in Utah.” said Mayor Biskupski.

At the age of 10, Caldwell started taking ballet classes thinking it would improve his Little League game. His parents had no objections to him taking ballet class, and after a few visits, “my muscles started to get stiff and then sore,” Caldwell said, “I enjoyed the discipline, structure, and music. All the factors came together and it really appealed to me.” Today, Bruce trains the next generation, gently giving advice and mentorship, only a person with his years of experience can bestow.

Artistic Director Adam Sklute said, “When I began at Ballet West, I, of course knew the name Bruce Caldwell. Early on in my tenure as Artistic Director, I called Bruce ‘the institutional knowledge of the company.’ But, after having worked with him over 10 years, now I have come to know and admire him for much, much more. Bruce is a deep artist who brings the sum total of his expansive knowledge and experiences to the Ballet West stage. It is my honor to work with him.”

I attended many a ballet and watched Bruce Caldwell dance when I was younger.  I remember fondly that he was always powerful and moved with precision and perfection. He had such great expressions and tenderly took care of his partners in each role he performed in. I fell in love with Carmina Burana when Bruce danced this role in 1974. His dancing is truly engraved in my memory. He has left his mark on the arts in our community for 5 decades and has left a legacy that few artists achieve.

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