2016-2017 Ballet Season

This is an exciting time at the company because we are in the process of putting the final touches on the upcoming season. Right now, we have the Big Picture in place and are filling in all of the details. And the details are what make the season rich and exciting. Not just the large offerings, but the smaller in house things. The ballets that we can add to our primary programing that will spark our patrons imaginations, stretch our dancers as artists… and delight and challenge me as the artistic director of the company.

At SDB, we strive to make our shows relatable to our Southern California audiences. Unfortunately, ballet has an undeserved reputation for being an elitist art form. The only thing “elite” about it is that the dancers have been training for years to get themselves into peak condition to be ready for anything… and at SDB, our dancers dance anything and everything. This season, we are bringing back favorites from years back, some recent successes, and premiering brand new works.

The Fall brings a re-staging of SDB favorite FIREBIRD in collaboration with Culture Shock San Diego. This ballet meets hip hop audience pleaser is always a pleasure to mount and I always try to sneak in a new twist for people who have seen the ballet before. That is followed by our annual Nutcracker tour to Wyoming and Montana, and our local Nutcracker performances.

At the start of the new year, we have some new/old initiatives that we are putting into place. First is RITMOS LATINOS. From our signature piece MAMBOMANIA to ballets set to mariachi music to our full length DON JUAN, SDB has a wide range of works that were created to engage our local patrons. So we are now committing to making these evenings an ongoing part of our annual seasons. RITMOS LATINOS will be an ongoing series that will showcase different latin musical styles. This years February program will feature the premiere of Aaron Copland’s THREE LATIN AMERICAN SKETCHES and the return of AUDAZ, premiered last year to a commissioned score by San Diego jazz artist, Gilbert Castellanos.

And speaking of Castellanos and new initiatives…

Some of SDB’s most successful pieces have been works that we perform to jazz music. So the company is making also making a commitment to turn its EVENING OF JAZZ AND DANCE into an annual series as well. We are excited to be bringing back jazz saxophone great Charles McPherson to perform his SWEET SYNERGY SUITE as well as a world premiere in May of 2017, on a program that will also feature last year’s popular TIME FURTHER OUT set to the music of Dave Brubeck.

Finally, we will be bringing back our popular DANCE GALLERY series which takes place in a studio setting and allows our dancers to stretch their choreographic wings. But this year, we are looking to expand this series into a previous program, PRELUDES AND POETRY. It is just a bit to soon to talk about what this all entails, but we look forward to being able to make some exciting announcements pretty soon.

All in all, the season is promising to be one that really allows us to fulfill our mission…  to excite, enlighten, and entertain our diverse audience through an imaginative presentation of quality classical and contemporary dance. We hope you will join us… and if you do, come up and say Hi.

The Nutcracker VIP Dinner Package 2014


25th Anniversary Nutcracker VIP Experience

Dinner at the University Club at Symphony Towers and Premium Seating at the Nutcracker Performance

Enjoy stunning views from San Diego’s highest point while indulging in a sumptious Nutcracker-themed three course dinner prepared by University Club chefs. Afterward, make your way downstairs to Copley Symphony Hall for San Diego Ballet’s magical and memorable Nutcracker performance.

Dinner at 5:30 pm

Show at 7:30 pm


Call (619) 294-7378 to make reservations

750 B Street, San Diego

Seven Beauties – VIP Reception

Seven Beauties – VIP Reception

Come & Enjoy the U.S. Premiere of the World-Famous, Magically Enticing

“Seven Beauties” from Azerbaijan.

A special evening of Azerbaijani music, dance and folklore! One night only.

Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm

San Diego Civic Theater

Breathtaking Plot, Dazzling Dancing, Stunning Music, Beautiful Sets and Costumes.  A truly memorable evening!

VIP PASSES are available now which include Premium Seating in Orchestra, a souvenir 25th Anniversary SDB season program,   plus an exclusive Champagne & Dessert Post Reception along with “Meet the Artists and Dignitaries.”  To purchase VIP passes for $100, click the button below:

Performed by San Diego Ballet.

Played by Grossmont Symphony Orchestra.

Sponsored by Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Culture & Tourism

Presented by Azerbaijan’s Consulate General in Los Angeles

Composed in 1952 by famous Azerbaijani composer Gara Garayev, the ballet is based on motifs of the great Azerbaijani poet Nizami Ganjavi’s “Seven Beauties” poem, written in 1197. The poem shares the story of a young prince Bahram, destined to become the ruler of the world, and his encounters with seven beautiful princesses of different ethnic backgrounds. Bahram needs the wisdom of these princesses in order to become a worthy king. This is a story of just governance, tolerance, and multiculturalism.

General Admission is FREE and first come, first served. Your seat must be reserved.


Special Pricing for Our Military Families

Troops Homecoming

The San Diego Ballet would like to show our appreciation to the men and women who proudly serve our nation.

A limited number of seats to The San Diego Ballet’s Nutcracker will be available to all active military families and veterans, who have valid identification, at 40% our regular published price.

In its 25th Anniversary year, The San Diego Ballet’s Nutcracker features professional dancers from China, Japan, Russia, South Africa, Mexico and the United States, as well as San Diego School of Ballet’s children from all over San Diego County. This ballet fantasy delights with over 100 beautifully costumed dancers, reveling in Tchaikovsky’s beloved score.

Tickets to this enchanting journey of Yuletide dreams is the perfect gift under the tree for the entire family!



Saturday, December 27 at 7:30

Sunday, December 28 at 2:30


Copley Symphony Hall

50 B Street, San Diego CA 92101

Use this military discount:  MILITARY
(Military IDs required at the door)

San Diego Ballet (619) 294-7311