The Ballet Alliance

an association of pre-professional companies

The former Regional Dance America/Pacific Region member companies formed The Ballet Alliance in 2019.  Our companies value rigorous training methods, innovative choreography, and the professional development of our artistic directors, which ultimately 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.  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 2024

The annual Ballet Alliance Festival will be held in Spokane, Washington this May.  Member companies from California, Arizona, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Nebraska and North Dakota will participate in a 4-day immersion of ballet and dance.  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 and scholarships to college and university dance programs, scholarships to summer intensive programs and even professional contracts.  The process includes a master class with our Festival Artistic Director and in-person Evaluation, in which they work with our dancers, artistic director and choreographers on the pieces chosen for performance.  Donald Dadey is the Festival Artistic Director working with SCBT this season.

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 Ballet 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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