Free Dance Day

Please come join us for my Free Dance Day at Mendocino Ballet! I am Hannah Woolfenden, a member of the Mendocino Ballet Company, a student with Anderson Valley High School, and this is my senior project. I chose to do this as my senior project because dance has done so much for me and it is incredibly important that other children get the opportunity to dance as well. 

There are so many aspects of dance that can make it someone's passion: the athleticism, the creativity, the community, the performance aspect, and more. For me, I love all of these aspects so I hope to expose the children to as many of them as possible on the Free Dance Day. Even if dance doesn't become a child's passion, it provides them with experience, a form of exercise, an opportunity for emotional release and more. I have seen dance change so many lives including my own. I hope that this free dance day will inspire children to gain an interest in dance and see how many opportunities Mendocino County has to offer. At the very least, I hope to send the students home with positive memories of a fun day. Please check the schedule below and come spend your Saturday afternoon on March 30th at Mendocino Ballet's Free Dance Day! It will be a blast!

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Donations for Dancers!

Ten dancers from the Mendocino Ballet “Art of Classical Ballet” program have the opportunity to travel to France this summer for a Cultural Exchange experience! Students will visit Paris first to see the historical sights and enjoy an evening at a performance of the Paris Opera Ballet. Then they will travel to southern France to join in classes and learn choreography which will culminate in a performance in the 600-seat theater in Nerac. Artistic Director, Trudy McCreanor has been working with Helene Darroman, the director of L’Ecole de Danse at L’Espace d’Albret, since 2004.  The two have put together a special program to engage students in a comprehensive artistic endeavor between the two dance schools. Mendocino Ballet has hosted dancers from the French dance company while Mendocino Ballet students have traveled to France.  Dancers have only ten days of training together to create one full-length performance for the local community!

Each of the ten Mendocino Ballet Company students will need to raise about $2200 for the trip.  They are raising funds through various efforts and sponsorships. Most of these students have never traveled outside of the country and are excited to stay with French families as part of their cultural exchange. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these students and life-long friendships are formed by being immersed with the French families.

 We are seeking donations from our community, families and friends to help these dancers realize their dreams. Donations are tax-deductible as determined by law. You can make a donation by clicking the button below, or by mailing your donation to Mendocino Ballet, 205 South State Street, Ukiah, CA 95482.

Thank you so much for your support of these very special students! Partnerships between the arts and our community enrich and benefit each one of us!

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Winter/Spring Session Starts January 14th!

We are thrilled to offer our new session of classes at Mendocino Ballet including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, and Modern Dance! We have a new Contemporary Dance class for ages 7-9 on Tuesday from 4:30-5:15 pm and a Jazz /Contemporary Ballet class for ages 8-12 on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 pm, both taught by Mendocino Ballet Company Dancer, Hannah Woolfenden. For Teen/Adults, we have a new Tap class on Tuesday from 7:15-8:15 pm, taught by Piper Faulk, and a new Ballet class on Monday from 6:45-7:45 pm taught by Hannah Woolfenden. 

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.  Students in classes for ages 5-7 and up will have the opportunity to perform in our year-end performance of “Dance Classics” which will be held on June 1 & 2, 2019 at the Mendocino College Center Theater. A $35 Costume Inventory/Cleaning Fee is charged for each dance. (Remember, students enrolled in the Art of Classical Ballet program do not pay this fee. These students pay an annual Performance Fee.) Students enrolled in the Pre-Ballet classes for ages 3-5 (6) will have the opportunity to perform in an informal studio performance for families and friends. Date to be announced.

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 schedules and Registration Form below that can be printed out. Students in the Art of Classical Ballet Program will start back on January 7th. All others (Recreational Levels) will start on January 14th. We look forward to teaching your child!

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New Ballet Class in Potter Valley

We are excited to be offering a ballet class again for students ages 7-11 at Potter Valley Elementary School! Classes will run from January 17-May 23, 2019, and will be held in the Multi-purpose Room. The fee is $240 for the entire session or $55 per month. Students will have the opportunity to perform with the Mendocino Ballet in “Dance Classics” at our end of the year performances on June 1 at 7 pm & June 2 at 2 pm at the Mendocino College Center Theater. Morgan Cummings, one of our senior dancers and instructors, and a Potter Valley resident, will teach the class. Boys and girls are welcome! Please call us at 463-2290 for more information or to sign up, or click on the link to enroll online.

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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:

  • Anita Stearns: President

  • Chris Bennett: Secretary

  • Sherryl Nives: Treasurer

  • Dan Spears

  • Eva Marie Gomez

  • Dr. Barbara Newell: Honorary Member Emeritus

  • Trudy McCreanor: Artistic Director