Between rehearsals, performances, touring, educational outreach, and social events, State Street Ballet maintains a very full and exciting schedule throughout the year. Here is your guide to where and when you can catch us performing.  We hope to see you in the audience or chat with you after a show!

09/28/2014 | 06:00pm | Four Seasons Biltmore - Santa Barbara, CA
20th Anniversary Emerald Gala

Please join us for our Annual Gala event as we celebrate 20 years of being Santa Barbara's resident professional ballet company! Our past, present, and future successes are because of numerous "gems" in our community who have been dedicated and devoted to the arts for the past two decades. Our Gala will honor them in true State Street Ballet fashion - with elegance, style, entertainment, excitement, and of course, dancing! One of the most popular fundraisers in town, this years numerous and outstanding honorees deserve to have the night of their lives, from cocktails and live music in the garden, to dinner and dance performances throughout the evening. Cheers to our Santa Barbara community for supporting us for 20 years!

Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 6pm to 9pm

Four Seasons Biltmore, Loggia Ballroom

By invitation only. Please call 805.845.1432 for information.


10/25/2014 | 07:30pm | The Granada Theatre - Santa Barbara, CA

State Street Ballet's 20th Anniversary season opener is a dynamic and innovative adaptation of a timeless classic! This World Premiere performance is a newly re-imagined story based on the legendary tale of the Persian queen and storyteller of "One Thousand and One Nights". A journey through the sands of the Arabian deserts, Scheherazade is a mystical tale of love and emotional adventure that will speak to the hearts of all audiences. Choreographed by former SSB dancer and critically-acclaimed choreographer Autumn Eckman, this is the perfect way to celebrate our 20th Anniversary Season!

This evening length program will also feature Tango Rain choreographed by visionary resident choreographer William Soleau. Set to the captivating music of Astor Piazzolla, the jazzy yet classical Tango Rain returns to the Granada stage, bringing with it the passion, energy, and style that have become State Street Ballet's trademarks.

Saturday, October 25 - 7:30pm

The Granada Theatre

Tickets available online at or over the phone at 805.899.2222

10/29/2014 | 07:30pm | Logan, UT
Beauty & the Beast

Our acclaimed production of Beauty & the Beast, choreographed by Emmy Award-winner Robert Sund, comes to the Ellen Eccles Theatre in Logan, UT for two evening performances, October 29 & 30, at 7:30pm.  Based on the classic Jean Cocteau film, this original full-length ballet was created especially for State Street Ballet, and has toured extensively throughout the United States, China, and Taiwan. Beautifully romantic storytelling, combined with the luscious music of Tchaikovsky and our lavish sets and costumes, makes this a performance that will enchant the whole family.  Tickets and information available at

12/04/2014 | 07:30pm | The Martin Woldson Theatre at The Fox - Spokane, WA
"The Nutcracker" with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra

For the fourth year in a row, State Street Ballet is honored to perform "The Nutcracker" with the amazingly talented Spokane Symphony Orchestra, in Spokane, WA.  Five performances will take place at the beautiful, art deco-inspired Martin Woldson Theatre inside The Fox, Thursday, December 4 - Sunday, December 7, 2014.  The Spokane Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by renowned conductor Morihiko Nakahara.  For tickets and showtimes, please visit, or call the Fox Theatre Box Office at 509.624.1200

12/12/2014 | 07:00pm | Fort Lewis College, Community Concert Hall - Durango, CO
The Nutcracker

For the 8th year in a row, State Street Ballet will return to Durango, CO to perform our acclaimed version of "The Nutcracker" at Fort Lewis College's Community Concert Hall.  One of the most picturesque and inviting mountain towns, Durango has become our home-away-from-home, and we can't wait to return.  Four performances will be held Friday, December 12 - Sunday, December 14, 2014.  For tickets and showtimes, please visit, or call the Box Office at 970.247.7657

12/20/2014 | 02:00pm | The Granada Theatre - Santa Barbara, CA
"The Nutcracker" at The Granada Theatre

This holiday family favorite is set to the unforgettable music of Tchaikovsky and staged against our magnificent, opulent sets. This production also includes the students of Gustafson Dance, sharing the stage with the professional dancers of State Street Ballet, and is your only chance to experience the magic of "The Nutcracker" at the majestic Granada Theatre - Saturday, December 20 at 2pm and 7:30pm & Sunday, December 21 at 2pm.

For the third year in a row, State Street Ballet is proud to be accompanied by a live orchestra for this annual holiday tradition!  Conductor Brian Asher Alhadeff will lead Opera San Luis Obispo Orchestra through Tchaikovsky's magical score, a rare treat for our students, professionals, and our Santa Barbara audiences.

Tickets available online at or call The Granada Theatre Box Office at 805.899.2222.  Discounted tickets also available for groups of 10 or more! Ask the Box Office for details and pricing.  Happy Holidays!

02/07/2015 | 07:00pm | The Granada Theatre - Santa Barbara, CA
Alice in Wonderland

Classical ballet with the sassiness of a Broadway show! Created for State Street Ballet in 2001 by Emmy Award-winning choreographer Robert Sund, Alice in Wonderland quickly became a community favorite. Last performed in 2003 to sold-out theaters throughout China and Taiwan, the adventures of wildly curious young Alice come to life once more for our 20th Anniversary Season. One performance only of this family favorite  - Reserve your tickets today!

Tickets available online at, or by calling the Granada Theatre Box Office at 805.899.2222. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more! Ask the Box Office for details and pricing.

05/09/2015 | 07:30pm | The Granada Theatre - Santa Barbara, CA
Common Ground

This sensational spring program has three very different companies exploding onto the same stage as never before. A first-time collaboration between State Street Ballet, Eisenhower Dance, and Santa Barbara Dance Theater,Common Ground exemplifies the notion that art is something that can be engaged in by more than individual artists alone. The universal language of dance transcends all walks of life, and has tremendous unifying and healing powers. The exploration of change, human connection, the cycles of life, and the strength of humanity are the collective threads in this evening-length program featuring each company performing at the height of its powers.

Eisenhower Dance, the Michigan-based contemporary dance company directed by Laurie Eisenhower, burst onto the Santa Barbara dance scene in the fall of 2009 when they performed alongside State Street Ballet in the highly acclaimed Motown in Motion at the Lobero. A sold-out crowd cheered and applauded the highly energetic and skilled company, hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a nice balance between hip fun and serious dance.”

Santa Barbara Dance Theater, the professional modern dance company in residence at UC-Santa Barbara and under the new leadership of Christopher Pilafian, has been an integral part of the Santa Barbara dance community for 35 years. The Independent says the newly-reformed company is already breaking bounds “with a cast of accomplished, committed dancers and a repertory that ranges from sassy to sublime.”

Montreal-based and Mexican-born choreographer Edgar Zendejas has had works commissioned and performed by Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Luna Negra Dance Theater, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, and Ballet de Monterrey, and was awarded first prize in Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s National Choreographic Competition in 2010. His movement and style explore the qualities of the human soul with humor and delicacy, and his choreographic voice speaks to the core of humanity.

The haunting music of award-winning composer Max Richter has been the backboard for numerous choreographic creations over the past few years. He is considered to be one of the most influential composers of the last decade, spearheading a broadening of classical music into the neo-classical and electronic music worlds. His grounding in postmodern and minimalist compositions provide choreographers with freedom of interpretation and representation. The Line of Best Fit calls his music almost “transient, like a dream wafting through a room.” His recomposition of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons will be the stunning musical essence of this evening's finale – a personification of the spirit of human existence, through dance, music, movement, and visceral connection.

Tickets available online at, or by calling the Granada Theatre Box Office at 805.899.2222. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more! Ask the Box Office for details and pricing.