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Our Mission: To inspire the community and create opportunities for young artists through the advancement of the art of ballet.
Founded in 1982 as a non profit organization, Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre is a pre-professional company of talented dancers who are dedicated to their pursuit of this beautiful and demanding art form. Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre is a proud member of Regional Dance America, and the only company which upholds RDA's strict standards of excellence in the Santa Cruz/Monterey area. Dancers are chosen by open audition annually in August.
Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre boasts a fully professional orchestra for its annual "The Nutcracker" as well as a Music Director; both are rarities among pre-professional companies in this country.
Artistic Directors Robert Kelley and Diane Cypher have many years of experience as professional dancers, instructors, choreographers and directors. In addition to preparing young dancers for careers in the profession, they help build leaders in our dancers by teaching work ethics, organization, self-confidence, cognitive thinking and teamwork that will serve them all of their lives.