Dance in California

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California is rich in dance history. In classical ballet, California is home to the oldest professional ballet company in the United States. The San Francisco Ballet, founded as the San Francisco Opera Ballet in 1933,[1] predates both American Ballet Theater and New York City ballet. Barbara Crockett founded the Sacramento Ballet in 1954 [2] and hosted the first festival for the Pacific Western Region of Regional Dance America in 1966.[3] In modern dance, Ruth St. Denis established her second school in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles in 1940 while Lester Horton created the Horton Dance Group in 1934,[4] also in Los Angeles. Ann Halprin founded the San Francisco Dancers’ Workshop in 1950 and continues to live and work in the San Francisco Bay Area.[5] The Bay Area in also home to Alonzo King's Lines Ballet and Oberlin Dance Collective.

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Timeline[edit]

1910-1920[edit]

  • Denishawn School of Dancing and Related Arts Founded (1915)
  • Martha Graham attends Denishawn School[6]

1920-1930[edit]

  • San Francisco War Memorial Opera House Opens (1932)[7]

1930-1940[edit]

  • San Francisco Opera Ballet (1933)[1]

1940-1950[edit]

  • Horton Dance Group (1934)[4]

1950-1960[edit]

  • San Francisco Dancers' Workshop (1950)[5]
  • Sacramento Ballet (1954)[2]

1960-1970[edit]

  • Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (1954)[8]

1970-1980[edit]

  • Oberlin Dance Collective[9]

1980-1990[edit]

  • Lines Ballet (1982)[10]

Company Listing[edit]

Professional Ballet Companies[edit]

San Francisco[edit]

Greater Bay Area[edit]

North San Joaquin Valley[edit]

Northern Sierra Foothills[edit]

Professional Modern/Contemporary Companies[edit]

San Francisco[edit]

North San Joaquin Valley[edit]

Schools[edit]

Ballet/Dance Schools[edit]

Northern California[edit]

Southern California[edit]

RDA (Regional Dance America) Members[11][edit]

Crockett-Deane Ballet

Dance Connection Ballet Company

Juline Regional Youth Ballet

Long Beach Ballet

Maple Youth Ballet

Marin Ballet

Paso Robles Chamber Ballet

North Coast Ballet California

Sacramento Ballet Youth Ensemble

Santa Barbara Festival Ballet

Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre

South Bay Ballet

State Street Ballet Young Dancers

Degree Programs[edit]

BA BFA MFA PHD
Mills College[12]
UC Irvine[13][14] √*
UCLA[15] √*

*BFA in Choreography/Performance

Native Dancers[edit]

Isadora Duncan

Maia Wilkins

Jodie Gates

Sascha Radetsky

External Resources[edit]

http://www.dancehistoryproject.org/article/articles/chronologies/ballet-chronologies/

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "History: San Francisco Ballet". www.sfballet.org. Retrieved 2016-06-23. 
  2. ^ a b "About - The Sacramento Ballet". Retrieved 2016-06-23. 
  3. ^ "History". Regional Dance America. Retrieved 2016-06-23. 
  4. ^ a b "100 Treasures - Lester Horton". www.danceheritage.org. Retrieved 2016-06-23. 
  5. ^ a b "Home I Anna Halprin". Home I Anna Halprin. Retrieved 2016-06-23. 
  6. ^ Au, Susan (2012). Ballet and Modern Dance. Thames & Hudson. p. 95. ISBN 978-0-500-20411-5. 
  7. ^ "San Francisco War Memorial | History". sfwmpac.org. Retrieved 2016-06-23. 
  8. ^ "Music Center | Our Theaters & Concert Halls". www.musiccenter.org. Retrieved 2016-06-24. 
  9. ^ "http://www.odcdance.org/about.php". www.odcdance.org. Retrieved 2016-06-23.  External link in |title= (help)
  10. ^ "Alonzo King LINES Ballet". www.linesballet.org. Retrieved 2016-06-23. 
  11. ^ "RDA/Pacific". Regional Dance America. Retrieved 2016-06-24. 
  12. ^ Department, Mills College - Dance. "Mills College - Dance Department". www.mills.edu. Retrieved 2016-06-24. 
  13. ^ "Undergraduate Degree & Minor Requirements | Claire Trevor School of the Arts | UC Irvine". www.arts.uci.edu. Retrieved 2016-06-24. 
  14. ^ "Graduate Degree Requirements | Claire Trevor School of the Arts | UC Irvine". www.arts.uci.edu. Retrieved 2016-06-24. 
  15. ^ "UCLA Majors and Degrees". catalog.registrar.ucla.edu. Archived from the original on 2016-05-13. Retrieved 2016-06-24.