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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|

Spotlight: Nutcracker Guest Artists from NYC Ballet Sara Mearns and Jared Angle

“We are here to express through movement; to tell a story, to create a magical world for the audience that they will never ever experience again.” – Sara Mearns What a treat! New York City Ballet’s Sara Mearns and Jared Angle will be our guest artists for the December 17th evening - December 18th matinee [...]

By | December 1st, 2016|

Spotlight: Ballet stars Maria Kochetkova and Vitor Luiz Guest in FBT’s The Nutcracker

Maria Kochetkova is considered ballet’s most fashion-forward and social media-savvy prima ballerina. She has built quite the Instagram fan base. Her 157,000 followers enjoy getting a look into her ballet life and her sense of style. Today. Photo @e_tomasson A photo posted by Maria Kochetkova (@balletrusse) on Sep 24, 2016 at 5:13pm PDT Ole ✔️ [...]

By | November 15th, 2016|

Spotlight: Yuan Yuan Tan and Tiit Helimets are Special Guest Artists in The Nutcracker

This December, Orange County will be treated to performances by one of the best ballerinas of this generation – international superstar Yuan Yuan Tan from the San Francisco Ballet. She will be dancing the part of the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker with fellow San Francisco Ballet dancer, the acclaimed Tiit Helimets as the handsome [...]

By | November 3rd, 2016|