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+00:00October 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+00:00October 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+00:00June 20th, 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+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|

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|

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|

Spotlight: Vitor Luiz, Frances Chung and Maria Kochetkova

You don’t have to travel to San Francisco to see stars from the San Francisco Ballet perform in  The Nutcracker because Festival Ballet Theatre is proud to present not one, not two but three guest artists from the company. Vitor Luiz returns to the Irvine Barclay Theatre to dance with Festival Ballet dancer Tara Ghassemieh [...]

By |2018-12-17T22:24:38+00:00December 8th, 2017|

Meet Clara in the Nutcracker Ballet

Dancing the role of Clara in the Nutcracker Ballet is a goal for many young ballerinas. In the classic holiday story, Clara is the young girl who receives a Nutcracker as a gift and later falls asleep and dreams about a prince. Every December, Festival Ballet Theatre produces a full-length production of the classical ballet. [...]

By |2018-12-17T22:24:38+00:00December 1st, 2017|