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Ballet Summer Intensive Auditions

The beginning of the year is audition season in the world of ballet. During the first quarter of the year, ballet academies across the world hold auditions for their respective summer intensive programs. Summer Intensives are a good opportunity for aspiring dancers to try a different ballet style, learn from other ballet teachers, and see [...]

By |2019-01-17T21:05:57+00:00January 17th, 2019|

Andi Schermoly’s Plume: New Ballet Promotes Environmental Awareness

Choreographer and performer Andrea “Andi” Schermoly returned to Festival Ballet Theatre to create a new ballet piece. Over the past few months, we’ve watched her creation take place. The work, “Plume,” a contemporary ballet is set to premiere on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, as part of FBT’s production, “Ovation.” We [...]

By |2018-12-17T22:24:36+00:00October 10th, 2018|

Watch the U.S. Premiere of Juliano Nunes’ new work

  Brazilian dancer and choreographer Juliano Nunes, who currently dances with the Royal Ballet of Flanders (Belgium), is one of our distinguished guest artists in this year's Gala of the Stars. We caught up with Juliano and chatted with him about his pieces set to be performed at the Gala. Juliano Nunes and Morgan [...]

By |2018-12-17T22:24:36+00:00July 31st, 2018|

What It’s Like Being a Ballerina Dance Mom

In celebration of Mother’s Day, we interviewed four Southland Ballet Academy parents to talk about what it’s like being a Dance Mom to a Ballerina. Michelle Le Blanc, Mom to Avery, 14 and Levi, 7 No stranger to the Festival Ballet Theatre stage, Michelle has also appeared in many of our productions and has been [...]

By |2018-12-17T22:24:37+00:00May 12th, 2018|

10 Interesting Facts about Coppélia

Written by Kailea Spitaleri Note: Festival Ballet Theatre Facebook fan Kailea messaged us to say she was really excited by our upcoming production of Coppélia, as she is writing a novel based on the ballet. These facts she shared are based on her research. Watch Coppélia, featuring guest artists Beckanne Sisk and Chase O’ Connell [...]

By |2018-12-17T22:24:37+00:00March 22nd, 2018|

A Quick Look at Festival Ballet Theatre’s Coppelia

“It’s like a rom-com ballet,” said one Festival Ballet Theatre fan about the upcoming production of Coppélia. This classic ballet involves a mysterious inventor, Doctor Coppélius, a doll and some village youths. Basically, Dr. Coppelius creates a life-size dancing doll that is so lifelike that Franz, a young man from the village becomes infatuated with [...]

By |2018-12-17T22:24:37+00:00March 16th, 2018|

Beckanne Sisk and Chase O’Connell Join Festival Ballet Theatre For Coppelia

Fountain Valley, Calif., February 1, 2018 – Festival Ballet Theatre will enchant Orange County audiences with its performance of Coppélia on March 24 and 25 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre.  Following a very successful Nutcracker season of sold-out performances, FBT presents the sentimental comic story which will delight audiences with its humor and charm. Set [...]

By |2018-12-17T22:24:37+00:00February 7th, 2018|

Southland Ballet Academy Students Receive Scholarships

The start of the New Year marks the beginning of the summer intensive audition season in the world of ballet. Aspiring professional dancers prepare rigorously for their auditions. For many, it is a chance to kick their ballet up a notch; it is also an opportunity to experience a summer away from home in their [...]

By |2018-12-17T22:24:37+00:00February 2nd, 2018|

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, San Diego, as well as upcoming San Francisco and Phoenix Regionals.  These [...]

By |2018-12-17T22:24:37+00:00January 29th, 2018|

Festival Ballet Theatre Collaborated with SOCO and the OC Mix on a Nutcracker Holiday

What happens when you put together Orange County's premier professional ballet company with the OC's premier shopping destination? A beautiful collaboration, wonderful images, and performances. In 2017, Festival Ballet Theatre partnered with SOCO and the OC Mix on a series of photo shoots and activations including pop-up performances, ticket giveaways, and even a billboard on [...]

By |2018-12-17T22:24:37+00:00January 25th, 2018|