Magazine article Dance Magazine

The Sweet Life: This Ballet West Dancer Doubles as a Professional Baker

Magazine article Dance Magazine

The Sweet Life: This Ballet West Dancer Doubles as a Professional Baker

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Contrary to what her last name might suggest, Ballet West corps member Jordan Fry prefers baking as a cooking method. Her specialty? Picture-perfect cakes with flavors like banana-bourbon-butterscotch with caramel filling and toasted marshmallow frosting.

The self-professed sweets lover began her early culinary education through high school classes and YouTube videos. After a brief stint interning at a wedding cake shop in Salt Lake City, Fry started her own business, Ballerina Baker, in 2017. But she's been the go-to baker for Ballet West weddings for years. From Emily Adams and Beau Pearson's classic white confection to Jenna Rae Herrera and Alexander MacFarlan's snickerdoodle cake, Fry has been commissioned for nearly every one of her co-worker's weddings--plus her own, for her marriage to principal Adrian Fry.

Fry's treats might seem to be at odds with a dancer's lifestyle. Artistic director Adam Sklute once jokingly bemoaned her baked goods before a Sleeping Beauty run. Fry recalls him chiding, "The guys have to wear white tights in about a week."

But she's found a healthy balance, championing dessert in moderation--"I have something sweet every day," she says--and using whole, local ingredients.

And despite his jokes, even Sklute gets on board, employing Fry for the occasional donor dinner. She and Sklute have stood side by side in the kitchen preparing an eight-course meal, with Fry predictably in charge of desserts. With dishes like a pine-nut-crusted lemon sabayon tart, she's left a delectable impression.

Almond Cake with
Lavender Honey

"This cake is always a hit when
I bring it to Ballet West," says
Fry, "and it's one that I often
make at home for the perfect
healthy, light dessert! … 
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