The family owned and operated children's arts studio is in its 10th year of offering an eclectic selection of dance and theatre group classes for curious and creative creatures ages 2–18. Courses, which include tap, jazz, ballet, acting for film, stage acting, and musical theatre, to name a few, are divided by age and experience level, and typically meet for one hour every week. Off Broadway's passionate and professional staff of instructors promises to lead children down a path to greater self-discipline through performance, and all of the fun and encouraging classes are taught in a warm and friendly environment.
Customers can admire the proprietor's florid fruit sculptures, commended in 2008 by Salt Lake City Weekly, before settling down to nibble on nuanced curries ($9.95-$12.95) or classic Pad Thai ($9.95-$11.95) from an extensive menu that unites four regional cuisines. At the end of the meal, guests can drown any excess spices in beer or wine ordered from the drinks menu.
Since striking up the Innovations series five years ago, Ballet West has capped each of its characteristically classical seasons with an all-out expo of new works from contemporary choreographers. Set to the dark fury of Shostakovich, Descent, by principal Michael Bearden, presents a true story of the Russian Revolution, expanded to a 45-minute performance from the 10-minute version that premiered in 2010. Chu-San Goh Award winner Susan Shields's evocative Grand Synthesis returns, gracefully skipping between tranquil and frantic tempos like an indecisive morning-radio DJ. Katherine Boyle of the Washington Post said of Shields that her style "fuses formal balletic technique with modern shapes and movement"; her work draws heavily upon training from the Joffrey Ballet School in New York and Wolf Trap Elementary School in Vienna.
At Castle of Chaos, the most fearless of participants can sign a Hands On Horror waiver, allowing ghouls to touch them as they traverse the creaky hallways of the haunted mansion. Whether opting for the add-on or not, spooks await visitors within the mansion, asylum, and dungeon at the Taylorsville location, four new attractions such as the Bedlam Institute and the Phobias Research Center greet guests at the Orem location, and the Riverdale facility coaxes guests into its creepy 3-D carnival and a haunted house modeled after the seven deadly sins. Riverdale participants can also settle into a coffin for a simulated journey from mortuary to graveyard or explore a menacing midway's games, live entertainment, and concessions. Continually rearranged rooms at both houses ensure that feng shui is maintained and repeat scare-seekers will frequently embark on new trips of terror.