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 the 405 to promote Nutcracker Season! South Coast Collection (SOCO) and the OC Mix is a unique shopping destination in Costa Mesa, CA that includes design showrooms, furniture store, restaurants and clothing boutiques. The partnership was a good fit because both FBT and SOCO cater to families with an eye for good design and style, as well as a love for the arts. It was a great way to create awareness about our professional dance company and our Nutcracker ballet, but more importantly, it spread our passion for the art of ballet!

Clara and Nutcracker Prince at SOCO And the OC Mix Photo by Skye Schmidt

Clara (Ashley Lew) poses with Nutcracker Prince (Greyson Hanson) by the old Bistro Papillote at the OC Mix. Incidentally, Bistro Chef Laurent Brazier also catered the Nutcracker Teas at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Photo by Skye Schmidt.

With a Nutcracker Holiday as the theme, Santa Claus joined members of our Nutcracker cast. Photo by Skye Schmidt.

The Nutcracker Prince and Santa Photo by Skye Schmidt

Photo by Skye Schmidt

FBT Window Display

Interior designer Audra Wrightson designed a window display at SOCO and the OC Mix featuring vintage costumes from Festival Ballet Theatre. The window attracted many visitors and was on display for the month of December.

FBT at SOCO and the OC Mix

Festival Ballet Theatre images were used prominently in promotional materials including flyers, postcards, posters and even an LED Billboard on the freeway!

Our Festival Ballet Theatre trainees and Southland Ballet Academy students participated in Costa Mesa’s Artventure showcase and also a mini-performance during SOCO Holidays and Storytime at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity also at SOCO and the OC Mix.

Festival Ballet Theatre at Artventure

FBT performed excerpts from the Nutcracker Ballet during the City of Costa Mesa’s annual Artventure event. Photo by Skye Schmidt

FBT Trainees/ SBA students Anjoulie and Athena danced during a SOCO Holiday mini-show. Photo courtesy of Wunderkid.