Under the leadership of Founder Rodney Gustafson and newly appointed Co-artistic Director William Soleau, State Street Ballet’s 24th season ushers in an era of innovation and evolution. Featuring the spellbinding World Premiere of Chaplin, the grace and style of Ballroom, Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale in collaboration with the SB Symphony & Ensemble Theatre Company, the holiday magic of The Nutcracker, and the whimsical joy of The Jungle Book, our world-class dancers and choreographers bring you an enchanting season that will move you across the stages of Santa Barbara!
State Street Ballet and the Santa Barbara Symphony collaborate with the Ensemble Theatre Company for the first time, marking the 100th anniversary of The Soldier’s Tale, Igor Stravinsky’s Faustian parable about a deserting soldier who loses his soul to the devil. Though based on a Russian folk tale, this unique theatrical and dance work is far removed from Russian traditionalism, and instead embraces a broad array of musical styles. Choreography by William Soleau!
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“Opulent productions that remind us what a night at the theater is all about!” - Noozhawk
State Street Ballet brings this annual favorite to the grandeur of The Granada Theatre. Featuring the Opera San Luis Obispo Grand Orchestra, and the talented students of Gustafson Dance alongside our professional dancers, this is the perfect way to celebrate the magic of the holiday season. Three performances only!
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Deise is from Brazil and has danced with Ballet de Santiago in Chile, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, and the Bolshoi Company in Brazil. She joined State Street Ballet in 2013 and has performed the principal roles in Cinderella, Romeo & Juliet, Beauty and the Beast, and The Nutcracker. Deise was also a finalist on "So You Think You Can Dance" in 2014 and has been a Principal Guest Artist with Metro Ballet in Minneapolis, performing Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and Aurora in Sleeping Beauty.Learn More...
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State Street Ballet's Year-Round Trainee Program is designed for the advanced dancer with aspirations of a professional career. A variety of classes, opportunities to perform with the company, and fully-produced showcases are some of the highlights of this innovative and successful 32-week program.Learn More...
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State Street Ballet goes on tour for two months every season, bringing original dance and education programs to theaters and schools around the world. With standing ovations from China to Chile, and a 90% rebooking rate, we are very proud of our past touring successes and we eagerly look forward to future adventures.