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State Street Ballet Announces A Sterling Year of Performances and Events Celebrating 25 Years of Innovation and Creativity Through Dance

Posted: July 30, 2019

The marriage between song and dance is the impetus for State Street Ballet’s transcendent sterling anniversary season. Under the bi-coastal artistic direction of Rodney Gustafson and William Soleau, based in Santa Barbara and New

York City respectively, the 25th Anniversary season showcases the diversity of styles and repertoire for which the company is known and celebrated.

An evening gala honoring Sara Miller McCune for her entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to the arts will be held at the Four Seasons Biltmore on Sunday evening, September 22. The annual black-tie soirée, including cocktails, dinner, and dancing will also feature vignettes by members of the State Street Ballet ensemble. Andrew Firestone will serve as celebrity auctioneer. 

American Masters launches the season on Saturday, October 12 at The Granada Theatre, Santa Barbara. The triple bill is produced in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Choral Society and Orchestra and showcases Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, with choreography by William Soleau. The program truly offers something for everyone, from neo-classical to the avant-garde, reflecting the true essence of the company’s range and originality.

The season will continue with the annual Nutcracker tour, followed by a contemporary variation of the favorite fairytale, Sleeping Beauty, and culminates with Modern Masters, a week-long residency celebrating creative expression at The New Vic in Santa Barbara.

For more information about the 25th Sterling Anniversary Season, and to purchase tickets, please visit For more information about the Sterling Anniversary Soiree, please call 805.845.1432.

(Pictured: Sleeping Beauty)

About State Street Ballet:

State Street Ballet, now in its 25th year, is an internationally acclaimed dance company based in Santa Barbara, CA under the bi-coastal artistic direction of Rodney Gustafson and William Soleau. It is a pioneering collaborative supporting international ensemble members and consistently striving for new and innovative artistic opportunities that serve a broad audience. Each season is dedicated to bringing the highest standards of artistry and original quality to tried and true classical favorites plus original works that reflect the contemporary nature and talent of the ensemble. The company is comprised of 20 dancers representing eight countries.

Public performances, educational outreach, community partnerships, and training programs are fundamental at home and in the communities where they perform on tour nationally and internationally. Gustafson Dance is the official school of State Street Ballet and provides instruction in dance for all levels of advancement, beginner through professional. Visit for the season schedule, to meet the company, purchase tickets, and more.