State Street Ballet: About

Dancers

State Street Ballet is a company comprised of professional dancers who come from all over the world. Under the direction of former American Ballet Theatre dancer Rodney Gustafson, they are a group praised for their commitment to technical and artistic excellence, and applauded for their versatility and innovation. State Street Ballet dancers rehearse for an average of 30 weeks per season, are on the road two to three months of the year, and pride themselves on inspiring and enriching our local Santa Barbara community, as well as the communities we travel to on tour.


David Block
Jackson Heights, NY

Anna Carnes
Santa Clarita, CA

Sergei Domrachev
Moscow, Russia

Leila Drake
Santa Cruz, CA

James Folsom
San Marino, CA

Amara Galloway
Fairfax, VA

Courtney Hanaway
Auburn, CA

Marika Kobayashi
Kumagaya, Japan

Deise Mendonça
Brazil

John Christopher Piel
Pittsburgh, PA

Cecily Stewart
Santa Barbara, CA

Jack Stewart
Albuquerque, NM

Nickolas Topete
Auburn, CA

Noam Tsivkin
Boston, MA

Mauricio Vera
Santiago, Chile

Saori Yamashita
Sapporo, Japan

Meghan Buddy
Apprentice

Kate Gonzales
Apprentice

Terra Liu
Apprentice