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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|

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|