Dance with Us in Caspar! Classes start February 1st!

We will be offering dance classes including Pre-Ballet for ages 3-5, Ballet for three age groups spanning 6 to 15, Pre-Pointe for experienced dancers ages 10 and up, and Pointe for dancers ages 12 and up (with permission of Instructor), along with a new Contemporary Dance Class for ages 8-13. Classes are held on Thursdays at the Caspar Community Center and will start February 1, 2018.  Classes will be taught by Chelsea Strupp (ages 3-9) and Trudy McCreanor, Artistic Director of Mendocino Ballet, for ages 8 and up. 

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Dance with us in Ukiah!

Our Winter/Spring Dance Classes begin January 16, 2018, and include Ballet classes for multiple levels and age groups from 3-adult, as well as Tap, Jazz, and Modern Dance classes. 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. Times to be announced. Register today!

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Art of Classical Ballet Program

Classes in this special program run year round. Our new set of classes start January 16, 2018. 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. 

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"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

Fun New Classes!

We are thrilled to offer some new classes at Mendocino Ballet! We have a new jazz class for ages 8-12 on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00 pm, taught by Mendocino Ballet Company Dancer, Jenna McEwen. Piper Sloan will be teaching Modern Dance classes for ages 8-12 on Thursdays from 4:00-5:00 pm, a Teen/Adult Modern Dance class on Thursday from 6:00-7:15 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 and modern dance.

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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