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Goleta Ballet Theatre is the Junior Training Company of the Goleta School of Ballet. Students are invited on an individual basis to join the company. Students in Goleta Ballet Theatre work on repertory for the Spring Gala & Summer Workshop in addition to roles in The Nutcracker and the Full-Length Classic performed in the Spring. Students get a company-like atmosphere that prepares them to move into a professional school, company or college dance program.

Students in Goleta Ballet Theatre have been accepted into the following ballet programs: American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive, School of American Ballet, Boston Ballet School, The Royal Ballet School, Houston Ballet Academy, San Francisco Ballet School, The Joffrey Ballet School, Pittsburg Ballet Theatre Trainee Program, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Milwaukee Ballet School, Atlanta Ballet School, The Rock School, North Carolina School of the Arts, Charleston Ballet Theatre, DanceAspen Summer School, UC Irvine Dance Department, University of Utah Dance Department, UC Berkeley Dance Department, Barnard College


The Dancers

Anna Gilmore

"My first performance with Goleta School of Ballet that I remember was when I was a sweet mouse in The Nutcracker - I had just joined that fall and I remember absolutely loving performing onstage."

Amanda Herbst

"When I was young my mom wanted me to try out different activities and I chose ballet as what I wanted to do. I've been dancing with Goleta School of Ballet since I was 5!"

Ena Hashimoto

"I found out about ballet through my elder sister, Maya, who danced here at Goleta School of Ballet. I watched her take her classes, and decided that I wanted to take classes too."

Taylor Frederick

"My advice to my younger self would be don't only work on the stuff you are good at even though that's more fun."

Clara Hillis

"My first performance memory was when I was a sweet mouse. I was the mouse who stole the candy cane from the maid. I was so excited to grab the prop and run!"

Jenica Uhrig

"My dream performance to attend would be Swan Lake with Tiler Peck and Mikhail Baryshnikov."

Megan Peterson

"My dream performance to attend would be New York City Ballet's Swan Lake with Sara Mearns."

Izzy Allbrett

"My first performance memory was doing my first dance camp performance. I loved performing Peter and the Wolf and doing fun crafts to take home."

Shivali Rao

"My mom put me in a ballet class and I loved it. I saw the older girls on pointe and in tutus and I wanted to do that too."

Hailey Fletcher

"My dream performance would be to see Marianela Nunez dance Giselle."

Natalie Rich

"My mom won free ballet classes with Gina at a silent auction. I liked it so much I stayed for 11 years and counting!"

Margot Contolini

"My first performance memory is when I was wearing a mouse costume and I was so excited to have a little tail that I forgot all of the choreography."

Jacquie Silvern

"My mom signed me up when I was 4 so I would have an activity to do. As I progressed through the school, I didn't want to stop."

Gabi McClure

"One of the first performances that I remember I was doing the Angel dance in The Nutcracker and I was supposed to circle my candle around but forgot so everyone was doing it while I was not."