Mendocino Ballet performs The Nutcracker every December at Mendocino College Center Theatre and a winter ballet, called Les Patineurs (The Skaters) with the second act of The Nutcracker (Land of Sweets), at Cotton Auditorium in Fort Bragg. This year we will perform the Nutcracker in Ukiah on Friday, December 7 at 7 pm, Saturday, December 8 at 2 pm and 7 pm, and Sunday, December 9 at 2 pm. We will perform Les Patineurs and Clara’s Dream (Act II, Land of Sweets from the Nutcracker) on Saturday, December 15 at 7 pm and Sunday, December 16 at 2 pm. Tickets are on sale by clicking the poster in the News section on our Home page.
A Spring Concert featuring a children's Ballet and our annual Dance Classics is performed at the end of May or early June each year. Tickets will be available on this page 3-4 weeks before each performance. A special School Tour featuring our children's Ballet is also presented early June for county wide students.
Poker Tournament: We hold a poker tournament every February or March to raise funds to upgrade and purchase new costumes for our annual Nutcracker and Spring Performances. Look for exact dates later in the year!
Spring Gala: Our annual Spring Gala fundraiser at Barra of Mendocino in Redwood Valley is held in April of each year with great food, music and a wonderful preview of dances by members of the Mendocino Ballet. Tickets purchased in advance are $50 per person or $350 for a table of eight. They will be $60 at the door. A Silent and Live auction featuring local goods and services will delight all who attend. Invite family and friedns and make sure to join us!
We offer three sessions of dance classes throughout the year. A Fall season runs from mid-August or early September through December. Our Winter/Spring season runs from mid-January through the beginning of June. Our Summer Season varies with Dance Workshops, Dance Camps, and children's classes offered from June though August with a special Ballet Intensive Workshop the first two weeks of August for dancers enrolled in our Art of Classical Ballet Program. You can see what we are offering each summer in our classes listed under the Summer Classes tab.
Students enrolled in our Art of Classical Ballet Program dance year round with Special Summer Dance Workshops. In July of 2019, we will be traveling to southern France for a Cultural Exchange with l'Ecole de Danse du Val d'Albret , where students will take classes and be featured in a performance for the local community there.
"Very professional Nutcracker show! Elaborate, colorful and engaging. On par with major city productions!"