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 Welcome to Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre

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. SCBT has graduated many dancers into the field of professional ballet, and upholds the high standards of The Dance Alliance (formerly Regional Dance America/Pacific), though which our dancers receive scholarship opportunities and are seen by recruiters from top professional companies, schools and college/university dance programs.  

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.  Annual auditions for "The Nutcracker" are held each September, and annual Company auditions are held each August.  Both are open to the public.  

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 build leaders in our dancers by instilling work ethic, organizational skills, self-confidence, cognitive thinking and teamwork that will serve them all of their lives.  

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