The Ballet Alliance

an association of pre-professional companies

The former Regional Dance America/Pacific Region member companies have recently formed The Ballet Alliance, securing the future for dancers yet to come.  Our companies value rigorous training methods and innovative choreography, which benefit the education of our dancers.  We look to the future as an organization that values education over all else.  Our member Artistic Directors cooperate each spring to host an annual Festival, as we have done each year.  The Festival is a wonderful experience for our dancers, where they take master classes, perform, and forge new relationships.  Our members will ensure that scholarships to world-class ballet schools, contracts to professional companies and acceptance to prestigious college and university dance programs will continue to be available to our dancers at each Festival.  


Festival 2023

The Ballet Alliance Festival took place in El Paso Texas April 2023.  Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre presented Leigh Morgenstern's Remains Nameless, which won the Choreography Recognition Award.  Madison Griffith won a scholarship to the Ballet Alliance Summer Project in recognition of her Emerging Choreography piece Diverse Correspondence.  Dancers, pictured at right with their awards: Madison with her choreography scholarship, Quinn with a scholarship to Brenau University Summer Intensive Ballet Program, Emily B with her full scholarship to Boston Ballet Summer Program, Sam with his full scholarship award to University of Utah Summer Ballet Intensive, and Juliette with a full scholarship to BYU's BFA in Dance award for fall 2024.

At the Festival, dancers participate in master classes and seminars and perform or watch from the audience each evening.  Recruiters are on hand throughout the event, and offer early-acceptances to college and university dance programs, and scholarships to summer intensive programs.  The process includes a master class with our Festival Artistic Director and in-person Evaluation, in which they with our dancers, artistic director and choreographers on the pieces chosen for performance.   

Go to The Ballet Alliance website for more information.


Our association with the National Association for Regional Ballet and Regional Dance America

The National Association of Regional Ballet (NARB) was established in 1956.  NARB contributed to the decentralization of dance and, under its auspices, regional companies grew in stature and quality nationwide.  Over time, five regions were formed.  Over 200 companies, including more than 2 dozen nationally recognized professional groups, have been NARB or RDA member companies.  Regional Dance America (RDA) was founded in 1988 to continue the work of NARB and promote the artistic development of dance companies throughout the United States.  Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre was a proud member of Regional Dance America/Pacific from 1988 to 2018, and continues to be dedicated to the regional ballet movement through The Dance Alliance. 


Click HERE to view a tribute to Barbara Crockett, the mentor of our Artistic Director, and a founding director of The Ballet Alliance

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Top photograph of Otto and Sam in Remains Nameless by Katie Ging.  SCBT dancers show their awards.  Bottom, Honors Repertory class with Festival Artistic Director Susan Brooker.

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