About Silicon Valley Ballet
Silicon Valley Ballet reflects the bold inventiveness of its high-tech home base – presenting groundbreaking programs that explore the digital-physical blur while enriching the community with brilliant artistry. As its widely inclusive engagement programs attract new audiences, SVB also honors its proud heritage as one of the two largest ballet companies in California, originally created as San Jose Cleveland Ballet in 1986, under founding Artistic Director, Dennis Nahat.
In recent years Silicon Valley Ballet has changed direction to become more focused on representing the local community to the world. These changes included bringing the Ballet under the artistic direction of international dance icon, Cuban-born José Manuel Carreño. With Carreño’s direction, SVB will be the first American dance company to perform Alicia Alonso’s Giselle in the 2015 - 2016 season. Silicon Valley Ballet has also been entrusted with presenting works sanctioned by the Balanchine Trust and Estate of Roland Petit as well as those by internationally respected contemporary choreographers such as Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor and Ohad Naharin.
With 32 professional dancers who hail from five continents, SVB represents the diversity of Silicon Valley, and presents 21 fully staged annual performances of its mixed-repertory programs and full-length ballets in downtown San Jose venues. SVB touches more than 40,000 local residents, students and audience members annually .
Through its strategic partnership with American Ballet Theatre (ABT), the Silicon Valley Ballet School trains more than 350 students per year. The School is one of a select few ABT-certified institutions on the West Coast and offers access to ABT’s renowned National Training Curriculum for both ballet faculty and students alike.
Through its community engagement efforts, SVB’s educational programs are offered in classrooms in the San Jose Unified School District, changing thousands of lives by inviting students to actively participate in music, creative movement and dance.