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New California Ballet Associate Artistic Director – Jared Nelson
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California Ballet Company is proud to announce the appointment of Jared Nelson as the new Associate Artistic Director. Mr. Nelson will focus on expanding CBC’s repertoire to include works of current choreographers, assist in planning and acquiring productions, and represent the company in the community. Mr. Nelson often chooses innovative new works that include live music, multiple dance genres and something out of the ordinary to draw in a more diverse audience. California Ballet’s Founding Director, Maxine Mahon, commented on…



Romeo & Juliet – Did You Know?
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There have been so many stagings and re-stagings of this classic romantic tragedy that it would be impossible to count all of them. Suffice it to say that Romeo & Juliet is arguably Shakespeare’s most popular and most enduring play. Long before Leo courted Claire the basic story of the star-crossed lovers began to enthrall readers and audiences.



Top 10 Reasons We Love the San Diego Civic Theatre

As we approach our 500th performance of The Nutcracker at the San Diego Civic Theatre, we can’t help but think about why we love calling it home! Here are the top 10 reasons there’s no place like the Civic.



The Nutcracker Through a Dancer’s Eyes

If you’ve seen The Nutcracker, it’s probably been from the audience. The ballet seen through a dancer’s eyes is very different than what you’re probably used to.  1. What you see before the curtain rises.                            San Diego Theatres, Inc.       – What we see before the curtain rises.                            Brad Matthews, California Ballet Company…



Top 10 Reasons to See The Nutcracker
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Not sure why you should go see The Nutcracker? We think we have some pretty good reasons!



Spotlight on the Dancer: Brazilian Ballerina, Ana da Costa
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    Meet Ana da Costa, our newest Principal dancer!  Ana joined us for our 47th season and we are very pleased to welcome her back for our 48th.  Most recently, you may recognize her as Myrtle from our production of The Great Gatsby.  Soloist Tess Lane sat down with Ana to learn a little more about Ana’s the international ballet world and Ana’s favorite things.         Tess Lane: Let’s start at the beginning.  How did you…



Being Clara by Julia Dawson
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Dancing the role of Clara in The Nutcracker is every young girl’s dream when they are dancer. We recently caught up with Miss Julia Dawson, one of the three young ladies sharing the role of Clara this year in California Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker. Julia was asked to guest Blog for us and share what it means to her to be Clara.



The Great Gatsby – That’s a Wrap!
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Written by: Soloist Tess Lane A big thank you to our audiences for your support of our premier of The Great Gatsby!  The applause and standing ovations proved that our weeks and weeks of hard work paid off.  Our audiences’ energy and enthusiasm in the theater fills us all with incredible joy.  



The Official Legs of California Ballet, Revealed!
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You’ve seen the legs all over town in San Diego. They’re on billboards. They’ve been online. They’ve been in the newspaper. Perhaps you went to see a production at The Old Globe or the San Diego Civic Theatre, opened the program . . . and there they were: legs in mid-Charleston proclaiming that The Great Gatsby is coming to San Diego!  



Spotlight on the Dancer: Kirsten Bloom Allen
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For our first program of the season, Septime Webre’s The Great Gatsby, we are extremely fortunate to have principal guest artists Jared Nelson and Kirsten Bloom Allen join us to portray Jay Gatsby and Daisy Fay Buchanan. 



Welcome to California Ballet’s 48th Season!
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Rehearsals are already underway for our first production, the West Coast premier of Septime Webre’s The Great Gatsby.  This production premiered at the Kennedy Center with the Washington Ballet. We’re very excited about the new choreography as well as some company promotions and many new dancers and guest artists.