Ballet San Jose

Ballet San Jose in San Jose, California, USA, was founded in 1986 as the "San Jose Cleveland Ballet," a co-venture with the ten-year old Cleveland Ballet which offered to the dancers added performing exposure, and each city a ballet company for a moderate, shared investment. In 2000, the Cleveland Ballet ceased operations, and over half the dancers, the headquarters, and artistic director/choreographer Dennis Nahat moved to San Jose to continue operations there. The company was originally known as Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley, but in July 2006 shortened its name to simply Ballet San Jose.

As of 2007, there is a resident company of 44 dancers from 14 countries in four continents, with a repertoire of over 120 traditional and modern classical ballets. Performances at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts are accompanied by the Symphony Silicon Valley. The Ballet is now a 'fully owned' resident company serving all of Silicon Valley.

The company's mission is to provide the San Francisco Bay Area with theatrically produced ballet and professional dance education in a manner that honors the vision of the artists, meets the highest technical and artistic standards, contributes to the fulfillment of the cultural needs of the community, and is accessible to as wide an audience as possible.

Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley has developed a repertoire of over 120 traditional and modern classical ballets. The Company includes dancers from Argentina, Canada, China, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, Venezuela, Vietnam, and the United States. The repertoire includes ballets by Balanchine, Bournonville, de Mille, and many others, in addition to Nahat's many ballets created especially for the company. The company performs classic ballets such as The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, as well as more modern ballets such as Blue Suede Shoes, based on Elvis Presley's songs.

In 2008, the Company performed an 8-city tour of China. Called the "Goodwill Tour From Silicon Valley," it represented the first international tour of the Company since its move from Cleveland.[1]



The 2009-2010 company of Ballet San Jose[2]


  • Maximo Califano
  • Karen Gabay
  • Maria Jacobs-Yu
  • Alexsandra Meijer
  • Ramon Moreno
  • Maykel Solas


  • Heather Aagard
  • Willie Anderson
  • Hao Bo
  • Rudy Candia
  • Tiffany Glenn
  • Daniel Gwatkin
  • Peter Hershey
  • Jeremy Kovitch
  • Beth Ann Namey
  • Mirai Noda
  • Anton Pankevitch

Corps de ballet

  • Shannon Bynum
  • Shuai Chen
  • Damir Emric
  • Junna Ige
  • Shaina Leibson
  • Harriet McMeekin
  • Brieanna Olson
  • Kaleena Opdyke
  • Seth Parker
  • Robert Raney
  • Keira Schwartz
  • Cynthia Sheppard
  • Sarah Stein
  • Akira Takahashi
  • Mallory Welsh
  • Jing Zhang


  • Simon Ito
  • Francisco Preciado
  • Cameron Schwanz
  • Lahna Vanderbush


Today, over 485 students study at the Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley School. [1] The Ballet School's free Education Outreach programs are dedicated to serving young audiences and at-risk children in the San Jose region.


  1. ^ Goodwill Tour From Silicon Valley, Ballet San Jose press release, February 20, 2008
  2. ^ "2009-2010 Company". Ballet San Jose. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 

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