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Festival Ballet Theatre Presents The Nutcracker – International Ballet Stars Dance in Beloved Holiday Tradition to Enchant Audiences of all Ages

October 17, 2022 (IRVINE, CA) — Festival Ballet Theatre presents the return of its critically acclaimed production of The Nutcracker to the Irvine Barclay Theatre, one of Orange County’s premiere entertainment venues. The production has been delighting audiences in Orange County for more than 30 years. The Nutcracker, set to Tchaikovsky’s renowned score, opens [...]

By |2022-10-20T09:28:28-07:00October 20th, 2022|

From Ballet to Broadway: Sareen Tchekmediyan is in Anastasia

Another Southland Ballet Academy and Festival Ballet Theatre alumna is making her mark on Broadway! Sareen Tchekmediyan is part of the cast of Anastasia. FBT: Hi Sareen, congratulations on your role in Anastasia! Tell us more. Sareen: “I am a swing with Anastasia, which mean I cover all 7 women in the ensemble – this [...]

By |2019-10-03T19:53:19-07:00October 3rd, 2019|

From Ballet to Broadway: SBA Alumni Evan Strand lands role in Frozen the Musical on Broadway

Evan Strand started dancing at Southland Ballet Academy when he was only 7 years old! When he was 15, he performed in his first official Festival Ballet Theatre production. Today he is in the Disney’s Frozen, the Broadway Musical North American Tour. We chatted with Evan about this exciting new opportunity and reminisced about his [...]

By |2019-10-01T22:53:35-07:00October 1st, 2019|

Southland Students to Attend Ballet Summer Intensives Around the World

When all the auditions are done and the regular school year is over, it's time for Summer Intensive.  Ballet Summer Intensives provide opportunities for dance students to work on their technique and artistry. While our own Southland Ballet Academy offers outstanding professional ballet training year round as well as in our own Summer Intensives and [...]

By |2019-06-20T18:47:56-07:00June 20th, 2019|

The Heart of a Volunteer

The importance of volunteers to Festival Ballet Theatre cannot be overstated. Every ballet production is a product of the hard work of many volunteers. Through the years, we have had parents, students, and supporters who have dedicated their time and talents to our organization. As we celebrate Festival Ballet Theatre’s 30th year, we would like [...]

By |2019-04-09T16:17:19-07:00April 9th, 2019|

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 |2019-01-17T21:05:57-08:00January 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 |2018-12-17T22:24:36-08:00October 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 |2018-12-17T22:24:36-08:00July 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 |2018-12-17T22:24:37-08:00May 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 |2018-12-17T22:24:37-08:00March 22nd, 2018|

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