Family-Friendly, Traditional, Warmth of the Holiday Season

A cherished holiday classic, Festival Ballet Theatre’s traditional full-length production of The Nutcracker dazzles audiences with its colorful scenery, magnificent costumes and sensational dancing. From the warmth of the Stahlbaum home to the magical Land of the Sweets, homegrown talent and famed guest artists from around the world are sure to create sweet holiday memories for your family. Action, adventure, excitement, and grandeur combine to make this a charming, swiftly paced entertainment as the Sugar Plum Fairy, heroine Clara, and a cast of hundreds take you and your family on a magical journey.

December 10-24, 2016

The Flavors And Rhythms Of Old World Spain, Fiery Gypsy Spirit And Passion

Join the gallant Don Quixote on his knightly quests across old-world Spain in Festival Ballet Theatre’s rendition of this beloved ballet, based on the novel by Miguel Cervantes.

Celebrate the spirit of adventure with the flavors and rhythms of 17th – century Spain, captured elegantly in Ludwig Minkus’ memorable score. This full-length, traditional production features stunning guest artists in the lead roles. Experience the fiery gypsy spirit and passion of FBT’s production with choreography by Artistic Director, Salwa Rizkalla, after M. Petipa.

Saturday, March 25, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 2:00 PM

To Dance, To Inspire, To Get Involved

Festival of Children
At South Coast Plaza, Carousel Stage
Saturday, September 10 at 1pm
Saturday, September 24 at 1pm

Festival Ballet Theatre’s education outreach programs aim to instill an excitement and understanding for the arts as well as provide the ballet and theatrical experience to children and adults who may not otherwise have the financial means, or exposure to the fine art of ballet.  FBT also takes a number of customized classical ballet performances to libraries, fairs, malls and clubs, for the purpose of raising cultural awareness and educating a diverse audience.

Festival Ballet Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. All proceeds from donations and events support FBT’s vision of building world-class dance in Orange County.

Dedicated to Excellence in Dance Training

Founded in 1983 to cultivate, train, and inspire an appreciation of classical ballet from beginner to professional dancer, Southland Ballet Academy is the official school of the nonprofit arts organization Festival Ballet Theatre.

Our reputation for excellence is widely known and frequently recognized. Many professional dancers from Orange County began their careers in our studios, nurtured by our teachers and programs. Whether for fun or to launch a lifelong vocation, we help students achieve their personal goals as they experience the joy of dance and form lifelong friendships.

SBA students have won top honors and grand prizes in prestigious national and international ballet competitions and have joined prestigious ballet companies around the world.


Exhilarating, Nurturing, Stimulating


October 15-16, 2016


December 10-24, 2016


March 25-26, 2017


Dedicated to Excellence in Dance Training


August 2017