Congratulation Dancers!

The following dancers from Mendocino Ballet have been accepted to summer dance workshops and colleges and universities from throughout the country: Amelia Taylor, age 17, has been accepted to the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance's Summer Program 2017, and the LINES/Dominican University of California, Marymount Manhattan College, CSU Long Beach and Cornish College of the Arts (with a $20,000 dance scholarship) for college choices.  Saba Tebbutt, age 12, was accepted into the Joffrey Ballet Summer Dance program in San Francisco (her first audition!). Hannah Woolfenden, age 15, was accepted to Alonzo King LINES Ballet summer program, Joffrey Ballet Summer Dance (nationwide programs), American Ballet Theatre's Austin Summer Dance program, where she will attend with a full scholarship for tuition from AVARTS, Anderson Valley Arts Scholarship Fund. 

Welcome to the Mendocino Ballet

The Mendocino Ballet offers a high quality dance program in a safe, positive, and non-competitive learning environment with an age-appropriate curriculum for all ages and levels.  Incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1985, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality professional dance instruction and performance opportunities in Mendocino County and surrounding areas.

Performance opportunities abound for students as well as community members.  With year-round classes for all ages from 3 through adult, we have a class for everyone. An active Outreach Program introduces dance history and the many benefits of dance and movement to school children and teachers from throughout the county.  Our instructors bring years of training, education and professional experience to the classroom. 

A spring “Season of Dance” showcases Classical and Contemporary Ballet, Jazz, and Tap as well as children's story ballets for School Tour and public performances.  “The Nutcracker” is performed each December and showcases local dance students and adult performers alongside members of the Mendocino Ballet Company.

Simply put, we provide the most comprehensive, professional dance program in the area with an emphasis on a positive experience for YOU and YOUR child!

"My daughter has been able to build and gain flexibility, self confidence, friendships, knowledge and courage through dancing at Mendocino Ballet." 

~Eva Marie E

Dance with Us in Caspar!

We will be offering dance classes including Pre-Ballet, Ballet for three age groups spanning 5 to 14, Pre-Pointe for experienced dancers ages 11-14, and Contemporary Dance for ages 11-14. Classes are held Thursdays at the Caspar Community Center and run from March 2-April 27. (8 weeks)  Classes will be taught by Chelsea Strupp (ages 3-9) and Trudy McCreanor, Artistic Director of Mendocino Ballet, for ages 8-14. 

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Dance with us in Ukiah!

Our Winter/Spring Session begins January 17, including Ballet classes for multiple levels and age groups from 3-adult, as well as Tap, Jazz, and Contemporary Dance classes. Register today!

Art of Classical Ballet Program

The Art of Classical Ballet Program was developed to give the serious ballet dancer the opportunity to train at a professional level. Even though only a small percentage of dancers from this level will go on to be professional dancers, the training they receive will prepare them for that dream while providing them with valuable life skills. Dancers in this program have the chance to perform special roles in the Nutcracker, spring ballets and community events, as well as participate in our Cultural Exchange Program in southern France. 

"I was a member of Mendocino Ballet as a child and I love that my daughters can grow up in the same amazing program... Our community is blessed to have a strong ballet program!!!"

~Joni W

Support the Arts — Join our Board

Do you love Dance?  Are you interested in being part of an exciting community arts organization dedicated to excellence in the Dance Arts?  We are recruiting New Members for the Mendocino Ballet Board of Directors.

The Mendocino Ballet is seeking energetic, creative thinkers to join our Board of Directors.  An interest in dance and children, and love of the arts are the main pre-requisites.  Perhaps you or some other family member enjoyed dance as part of your life and you now find yourself wanting to give back to your community. With new projects brewing, a Cultural Exchange with dancers from France, and the expansion of our dance program with new classes, our volunteer Board has the chance to really make a difference as we embark on these new opportunities.

If you have an interest in the dance arts and would like to help make a difference in a child's life and the quality of dance in our community, serving on the Mendocino Ballet Board of Directors might just be the ticket for you! We would love to talk to you.  Give our office a call at 463-2290 and we will make sure to get you a Board Packet and answer any questions you may have.

Current Board of Directors:

  • Dan Spears:  President
  • Anita Stearns:  Secretary
  • Sherryl Nives:  Treasurer
  • Kelly Enberg
  • Jeff Taylor
  • Dr. Barbara Newell:  Honorary Member Emeritus
  • Trudy McCreanor:  Artistic Director