Fun New Classes!

We are thrilled to offer some new classes at Mendocino Ballet! We have a new Jazz/Contemporary Ballet Class for ages 9-15 on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:10 pm, taught by Mendocino Ballet Artistic Director, Trudy McCreanor. Ms. McCreanor has produced many dancers who have been accepted into programs from Alonzo King's LINES Ballet and Joffrey Ballet to Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and much more! Piper Sloan will be teaching Modern Dance classes for ages 8-12 on Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 pm, along with tap dance classes for ages 7-Adult. Please check the Recreational Classes tab in Classes to see a full schedule of what we offer, including ballet, tap, jazz/contemporary ballet, and modern dance.

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Ukiah Nutcracker Performance Information

We are looking for dancers in our Recreational Dance Program to be part of our upcoming "Nutcracker" performances in December.  All roles require being enrolled in a ballet class at Mendocino Ballet. (Students enrolled in Ballet/Tap for ages 5-7 and the Jazz/Contemporary Ballet class can audition.) Dancers MUST be able to attend all rehearsals and performances as listed in the Rehearsal Schedule.

Fees: $95 per role

Please check the Audition Flyer posted below for more information. 

Those dancers enrolled in the Art of Classical Ballet program will receive a separate notice with their audition and performance times.

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Dance with Us in Caspar! Classes start September 13th!

We will be offering dance classes including Pre-Ballet for ages 3-5, Ballet for ages 6 to 9, Ballet and Pre-Pointe for experienced dancers ages 10 and up, and Ballet and Pointe for dancers ages 13 and up (with permission of Instructor). Classes are held on Thursdays at the Caspar Community Center and will start September 13, 2018.  Classes will be taught by Chelsea Strupp (ages 3-9) and Trudy McCreanor, Artistic Director of Mendocino Ballet, for ages 10 and up. 

Nutcracker/Les Patineurs Rehearsals:  We will be performing "Les Patineurs" (The Skaters, a delightful winter ballet mimicking the beauty and fun of ice skating), and the second act of "The Nutcracker", which features the dances from Candyland. The following roles are available for students enrolled in dance classes at Caspar Community Center this fall!

 Flowers: (Ages 5 1/2-6), Sheep: 5:00-5:30 (Ages 6-8), Gingersnaps: (Ages 7-10), Sheep: 5:00-5:30 (Ages 6-8), Les Patineurs: 5:00-5:30 (Ages 10 +)

A full schedule (printable) is posted below.


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Fall Session Starts September 4th!

We are thrilled to offer some new classes at Mendocino Ballet along with our traditional classes in Ballet, Tap and Modern Dance! We have a new Jazz /Contemporary Ballet class for ages 9-15 on Mondays from 4:00-5:10 pm, taught by Mendocino Ballet Artistic Director, Trudy McCreanor, a Tap class for ages 7-11 on Thursday from 3:45-4:30, and a Modern Dance class for ages 8-13 on Thursday from 5:30-6:30. Both the Tap and Modern Dance classes are taught by Piper Sloan. 

Our program provides professional dance training and performance opportunities in a positive, non-competitive and safe learning environment with an age appropriate curriculum.   Instructors bring years of professional dance training and performance experience, along with their passion for dance, to the classroom. Family friendly waiting areas provide a safe place to watch classes. Students will have the chance to show off what they have learned in special performances for families and friends including our annual "Nutcracker", Spring and Year-end performances. Please check the Recreational Classes tab in Classes to see a full schedule of what we offer, including ballet, tap, jazz/contemporary and modern dance. We have also posted the schedule and Registration Form below that can be printed out. We look forward to teaching your child!



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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, Modern Dance, 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

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
  • Chris Bennett
  • Eva Marie Gomez
  • Dr. Barbara Newell:  Honorary Member Emeritus
  • Trudy McCreanor:  Artistic Director