State Street Ballet: About



State Street Ballet is a critically-acclaimed company of professional dancers from around the world. They are under the direction of former American Ballet Theatre dancer Rodney Gustafson, who founded the company in 1994. Mr. Gustafson has since elevated the company to a level where the dancers work an average of 30 weeks per season, are on tour for 2-3 months of the year, and sustain rave reviews and sparkling reputations at home and on the road. The Artistic Staff of State Street Ballet are dedicated to ensuring the highest quality of technique and artistry from the dancers, and are committed to providing artistic and cultural enrichment to the Santa Barbara community.


State Street Ballet is a company comprised of professional dancers from around the world. They are a group praised for their commitment to technical and artistic excellence, applauded for their versatility and innovation, and known for their spirit, energy, and enthusiasm. State Street Ballet's dancers rehearse for an average of 30 weeks per season, are on tour for two to three months of the year, and pride themselves on inspiring and enriching the local Santa Barbara community, as well as the communities they travel to on tour. 


State Street Ballet is a vibrant, innovative professional dance company based in Santa Barbara, California.  Founded in 1994 by former American Ballet Theatre dancer Rodney Gustafson, the company combines the discipline and timeless elegance of classical ballet technique with updated, cutting-edge choreography. Combining this with special effects and technology, the company produces original works that satisfy today's diverse audiences. A group praised for strong commitment to artistic and technical excellence, State Street Ballet is also applauded for the intelligently designed, versatile performances that have become the company's trademark.