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|

Spotlight: Beckanne Sisk and Fabrice Calmels

Beckanne Sisk and Fabrice Calmels return to the Festival Ballet Theatre stage to perform the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier pas de deux. They were our guest artists in 2013. Born in Texas, Beckanne studied at Longview Ballet Theater until she was fourteen. She competed at Youth America Grand Prix from 2007-2010. She joined Ballet [...]

By |2018-12-17T22:24:38+00:00November 28th, 2017|

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 |2018-12-17T22:24:38+00:00October 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 |2018-12-17T22:24:38+00:00October 9th, 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 |2018-12-17T22:24:39+00:00July 26th, 2017|

Why Take Ballet Classes in the Summer

Southland Ballet Academy instructor Lana Brooks writes about the importance of taking ballet classes in the summer. She also reflects on her days as a ballet student.   With summer just around the corner, many families are looking forward to the freedom from school, lessons, practices and other school year commitments. Our beautiful Southern California [...]

By |2018-12-17T22:24:39+00:00June 13th, 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 |2018-12-17T22:24:40+00:00April 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 |2018-12-17T22:24:40+00:00March 15th, 2017|