Established in 1976 

The Studio has been the official academy of Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre since the non-profit performing organization was created.  Founding Director Jean Dunphy pursued the addition of a non-profit arm in 1982 to provide performing experience for her students.  Robert Kelley and Diane Cypher took over the directorship of both The Studio and Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre in 1998.  Robert left the organizations in the fall of 2019 to pursue other interests and Diane currently directs both entities.  Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre and The Studio School of Classical Ballet have been working together to train and educate dancers since SCBT was formed.  Both are undeniably interlaced, serve an analogous purpose and are artistically driven by the same vision. 

For more information about The Studio's effective training programs, see our About page.  We are not a "participation trophy" school.  In other words, our students are not rewarded just for showing up.  Rather, our students are rewarded for hard work and determination, important values which are difficult to find in today's world of instant-gratification and self-entitlement.  Every student with discipline and commitment can be trained to be a lovely dancer, regardless of body type.  If you are a parent who wishes to instill in your child these rare yet vital virtues, The Studio is the right choice for you.  Look over testimonials from former students and parents who appreciate the time spent in our academy; though some remain anonymous, they are from real students and parents, not fabricated by us.

The Studio and SCBT are champions of inclusion.  We do not discriminate against gender or sexual orientation, race or racial background, religion or socioeconomic status.  We strive to instill self-discipline and commitment while building a supportive environment, which in turn creates good role models.  As educators, we take our responsibility seriously to teach lifelong skills that will forever benefit your child.  Come join us!


ABOUT The Studio

Our Training PROGRAMS

ENROLLMENT Information







Our office staff is working both on-site and remotely.  Emailing is the best way to contact us:

(831) 479-1600

Sitemap   |   Login
Website Design by Vertical Rail   |   ©2011 Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre