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Meet Clara in the Nutcracker Ballet

Dancing the role of Clara in the Nutcracker Ballet is a goal for many young ballerinas. In the classic holiday story, Clara is the young girl who receives a Nutcracker as a gift and later falls asleep and dreams about a prince. Every December, Festival Ballet Theatre produces a full-length production of the classical ballet. [...]

By | December 1st, 2017|

Spotlight: Beckanne Sisk and Fabrice Calmels

Beckanne Sisk and Fabrice Calmels return to the Festival Ballet Theatre stage to perform the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier pas de deux. They were our guest artists in 2013. Born in Texas, Beckanne studied at Longview Ballet Theater until she was fourteen. She competed at Youth America Grand Prix from 2007-2010. She joined Ballet [...]

By | November 28th, 2017|

International Ballet Stars Dance in Festival Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker

Create holiday memories for your family by sharing the magic of the cherished classic, The Nutcracker.   Fountain Valley, CA | (October 31, 2017) — Festival Ballet Theatre (FBT), Orange County’s resident professional ballet company, will present the family favorite production of The Nutcracker, December 9 - 24, 2017 at Irvine Barclay Theatre in Irvine, California. Festival [...]

By | November 2nd, 2017|

Why Volunteer for Festival Ballet Theatre

Teri Schmidt is a tireless volunteer and an amazing dance mom to Festival Ballet Theatre company dancer Skye Schmidt. In this post, she writes about the difference between Festival Ballet Theatre and Southland Ballet Academy and the importance of volunteering.   Skye Schmidt as the March Hare in Alice in Wonderland poses with her [...]

By | October 27th, 2017|

Alice In Wonderland Dances Her Way Into Orange County

Have you heard the exciting news? Alice and the entire colorful and quirky cast of characters will be coming to Irvine Barclay Theatre this weekend in Festival Ballet Theatre’s production of Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice In Wonderland. In celebration of this enchanting production, our main character Alice, along with the mischievous March Hare and the mixed-up [...]

By | October 9th, 2017|

Alice in Wonderland Comes to Orange County in Festival Ballet Theatre’s Whimsical Presentation

Fountain Valley, CA | Sept 28, 2017  - Festival Ballet Theatre is delighted to present Lewis Carroll's classic tale Alice In Wonderland at Irvine Barclay Theatre on October 14-15, 2017. In this captivating tale of curiosity and adventure, we follow Alice as she takes a journey down the Rabbit Hole into Wonderland Garden and through [...]

By | October 3rd, 2017|

Festival Ballet Theatre Announces a 2017-2018 Season of Enchantment at Irvine Barclay Theatre

Fountain Valley, Calif., August 18, 2017 — Festival Ballet Theatre (FBT), Orange County’s resident professional ballet company, is pleased to announce its 2017-18 season. The year of classic ballet favorites will begin with Alice In Wonderland on October 14 & 15, followed by The Nutcracker from December 9-24, Coppélia on March 24 & 25, concluding [...]

By | September 20th, 2017|

The Inspiration Behind the Gala of the Stars

In the summertime, ballet aficionados from Orange County and beyond are treated to a show like no other with Festival Ballet Theatre's Annual Gala of the Stars. Now on its 10th year, the Gala brings together world-renowned dancers to the local stage, performing alongside local talent. "I had the idea to gather second companies, trainees [...]

By | July 26th, 2017|

Festival Ballet Theatre Announces Rare and Rousing Performances From World-Renowned Ballet Dancers at the 10th Anniversary GALA OF THE STARS

One night only: Friday, August 18 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts   Guests are invited to experience an unforgettable night of dance featuring world-renowned guest artists from American Ballet Theatre, The Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and New York City Ballet.   Fountain Valley, CA (July 24, 2017) – Festival Ballet Theatre’s 10th [...]

By | July 24th, 2017|

A Top 12 Finish and Scholarships are Awarded to SBA Students At YAGP Finals

Eight Southland Ballet Academy students competed in Youth America Grand Prix’s New York finals held earlier this month.  Moorea Pike, 15, finished in the Top 12 of the Senior Division during the Final Round.  This year was Moorea’s sixth year participating in YAGP, second year she has made it to the final round and her [...]

By | April 28th, 2017|