A sister company to SALT Contemporary Dance focused on fostering the artistic voices of its dancers through creation, exploration, and performance.
Directed by Amy Gunter Lolofie

SALT2 provides an opportunity for dancers to have a professional experience mirroring that of SALT. The company performs SALT repertory as well as their own set of work from emerging choreographers. Class and rehearsals focus on developing strong technique, partnering & choreography, and performance skills. The SALT2 company experience provides rigorous training and works closely alongside the SALT dancers.

SALT2 Program Dates

September 5, 2023- May 25, 2024

Now Accepting Applications

At SALT, we strive to elevate the vibrancy and diversity of our community, we’re passionate about creating an inclusive space that promotes and values all perspectives and points of view. We encourage all BIPOC, LGBTQ+ individuals, and members of ethnic minorities to apply.

Video Requirements: 3-minute minimum, 5-minute maximum

  • In-studio contemporary movement phrase (please show a variety of dynamics, textures, and expansive movement)
  • Improvisation (please include a wide range of tempo and “full-out” movement)
  • 3 examples of performance footage, where you are clearly identified, In-studio ballet technique (please showcase center or across-the-floor combinations)

Workshop & Creation Processes:

Workshops processes with:
  • Joni McDonald (SALT’s Artistic Director)
  • Ihsan Rustem
  • Omar Roman de Jesus
Creation processes with:
  • Nicole von Arx

3 performance weekends:

  • SALT2 dedicated performance
  • Performances with the main SALT company for Fall and Spring

Artistic Development:

Choreography fellowship program:
  • An opportunity to create work on peers to be performed in Spring Concert
  • Creation coaching
  • Work-study compensation (application only)
Open studio access for choreographic or performance development


$5000 – Split into 4 payments installments.
  • Aug 1: $2000
  • Oct 1: $1000
  • Jan 1: $1000
  • March 1: $1000

Technical Training:

Rehearsing & training:
  • Monday – Friday
    • Classes are in ballet and contemporary, with a strong emphasis on ballet training.
  • Company Class with main SALT company twice a week
  • Perform with the main SALT company in both Fall & Spring Concerts
  • Learn SALT repertoire which includes works by: Micaela Taylor, Peter Chu, Garrett Smith, and more
  • Complimentary LINK Audition Festival acceptance, participation, and guaranteed access to private auditions

Individualized Mentoring & Career Readiness:

  • One-on-one career development sessions with SALT’s executive team around topics that include:
    • technical and performance mastery
    • professionalism in the field
    • administrative opportunities
    • grant writing
    • non-profit company development
    • freelance choreography
    • performance career guidance
  • Portfolio development including quality performance footage and professional photography
  • Marketing training and artist entrepreneurship counseling

Past Choreographers:
Alice Klock, Joni McDonald, Ching Ching Wong, Christian Denice, Elijah Labay, Katie Sherman, Eric Handman, Lindsey Mathies, and Brendan Duggan


Will I get a job with SALT after this?

The goal of this program is to prepare people for their next step whether that is progressing to our main SALT company or another performance experience. The program mirrors the experience and process you would have on the main company. While we do hire from SALT2 often, we do not guarantee a job.

Is this a half or full year commitment?

SALT2 is a full-season commitment.  Dancers receive the full benefit of the training, networking, and creation processes through a full-season commitment that includes participation in SALT’s Shape Career Festival and Link Audition Festival.

Where are rehearsals?
Located at Ballet West Academy Utah County. Pleasant Grove, UT
What is the weekly schedule?
M/W: 10 am-2 pm
T/Th: 8:30 am-12:30 pm
F: 8:30-12:30 (Fridays are for open class with the main company and open studio time for personal creations. We will occasionally schedule a full S2 rehearsal day, but the majority of Fridays will be flexible for dancers)
How does work-study work?
Dancers who accept a contract will have the opportunity to submit requests for work-study items that interest them (sometime in July). This ranges from cleaning studios, teaching classes, backstage help, helping with costumes, selling merchandise, etc. Once all requests are made, we will review and try to distribute as equally as possible. We will then organize it onto a Google sheet, so both dancers and admin can see when credits will be applied to the payment schedule.
How much work-study can I expect?
We try to provide as many opportunities as possible, but it does not cover the majority of tuition. It general it ranges from $300-$500/dancer. More or less depending on how many dancers are requesting work-study.
Does SALT provide access to health insurance?
No, SALT does not provide health insurance for the SALT2 dancers.


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