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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|

Don Quixote Cast Members Share How They Prepare for their Roles

“This is a role I have wanted to do my entire life so I feel extremely thrilled and honored to not only dance the role but embody the character of Mercedes,” Tara Ghassemieh, Festival Ballet Theatre company dancer and Southland Ballet Academy instructor, exclaims. To prepare for her role as Mercedes in Don Quixote, Tara [...]

By | March 15th, 2017|

SBA Students Receive Top Awards At YAGP Regionals

The Youth America Grand Prix is the world’s largest global network of dance. Over the years, many Southland Ballet Academy students have participated and won at YAGP competitions, which are held all over the world. This year SBA students competed in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Diego as well as upcoming Salt Lake City Regionals.  These [...]

By | February 16th, 2017|

SBA Alumna Caroline Perry To Compete At The 2017 Prix de Lausanne

We would like to extend a huge congratulations to Southland Ballet Academy alumna Caroline Perry to be one of the five Americans selected to compete at the 2017 Prix de Lausanne.  The Prix de Lausanne is considered one of the most elite ballet competitions in the world.  The event, which is held in Switzerland,  begins with [...]

By | January 30th, 2017|

Marcelo Gomes and Hee Seo Join Festival Ballet Theatre For Don Quixote

Fountain Valley, Calif., January 25, 2017 – Stars of the Ballet World will perform with Festival Ballet Theatre in FBT’s production of Don Quixote.   Orange County audiences will enjoy a real treat, as two of ballet’s most prestigious dancers will appear as guest artists. Featured in the leading roles of Kitri and Basilio are Hee Seo and Marcelo [...]

By | January 27th, 2017|

SBA Students Advance And Shine In Recent Competitions

Congratulations to Southland Ballet Academy students Maile Campagna, Silvi Lybbert, Eila Neuroth and Moorea Pike on proceeding to the Preliminary 2 auditions in the Ballet Division of The Music Center's Spotlight 2017.  This competition is open to Southern California High School students and is a scholarship and training program to help blossoming artists excel in their art.  We [...]

By | January 24th, 2017|

Yuan Yuan Tan To Bring Shanghai Students To Southland Ballet Academy

San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancer Yuan Yuan Tan will be hosting students from Shanghai, China at Southland Ballet Academy.  On Monday, January 16th traveling students will be attending a class instructed by Ms. Tan and will complete the lesson with performances from current SBA dancers.  She will be signing autographs for the children after the classes and [...]

By | January 16th, 2017|

Spotlight: Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky

We are honored to have Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky as our guest artists for the last week of performances of Festival Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker ballet at The Irvine Barclay Theatre. The husband-and-wife former principal dancers of the American Ballet Theatre are no strangers to the FBT stage. Past guest appearances in FBT shows [...]

By | December 20th, 2016|