San Jose Dance Theatre is a classical ballet performance company and academy, specializing in offering high-quality productions and training for the community. The company actively advocates for nationwide access to classical performances, quality community engagement opportunities, and the development of the art-form across the country.
Since its inception in 1965, San Jose Dance Theatre has provided the community of San Jose and the greater San Francisco Bay area with quality performances. These performances feature professional artists, working in collaboration with young dancers to deliver outstanding productions. We have delighted local audiences for over five decades with performances including The Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf, Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, and Beauty and the Beast.
We provide dance education and in the past seven years have developed this program to accommodate over 100 dancers on a weekly basis. Our San Jose ballet school offers Youth and Open Drop-In ballet classes for kids and adults of all levels and abilities.
In December 2020, we will celebrate the 55th annual production of, “The Nutcracker” for two weekends at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. This will be in collaboration with Conductor Scott Krijnen and the Cambrian Symphony Orchestra.
Mission & Vision
San Jose Dance Theatre promotes the positive impact of dance in the San Jose Region through accessible performances, excellent training, creative outreach, and collaboration across the arts. We strive to illuminate the human experience through art while enriching an appreciation of movement and music to an expanding and more diverse audience through professional seasonal productions with company dancers, school outreach education and touring performances.
We value and maintain excellence in classical ballet and contemporary dance training in our San Jose Dance Theatre Academy providing innovative opportunities for dancers of all levels. We seek to engage our community through collaboration with artists, arts organizations, government and private sectors to enrich the arts community.
Board of Directors
President – Ann Timoney
Vice President – Marji Karlgaard
Secretary – Elizabeth Sweeney
Treasurer – Kay Pettitt
Board Members – Lee Forbes, Stino Tapia, Brandon Lewke, Michelle Yasuda, Steve Kaplowitz.
Advisors to the Board – Linda Hurkmans, Michael Pappalardo.
Questions or comments?
Contact our board at [email protected]
San Jose Dance Theatre would like to sincerely thank former board members Renee Forbes, Brian Dougherty, Phylis Dougherty, Miriam Watson, Jennifer Joyce Watson, Willard Roit, Bronweyn Coleman, and all other former board members for their time, enormous talent, and devotion to keeping our legacy alive!
San Jose Dance Theatre was originally founded in 1964 as Paul E. Curtis Jr.’s Los Gatos Academy of Dance and the West Valley Ballet Foundation. The name was later changed to San Jose Dance Theatre in 1965 and incorporated as a nonprofit educational organization in 1968.
Across more than 55 years, San Jose’s Original ballet academy has trained beginning through advanced dancers for a lifetime of participation in, as well as appreciation of, the art of classical ballet. The Academy specializes in classical ballet training for children from 4 years of age to pre-professional level.
San Jose Dance Theatre has delighted local audiences for five decades with performances including Peter and the Wolf, Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast. The results of the Academy’s training have been gratifying. Many of its alumni have gone on to professional careers in dance and in ice-skating.
In 2015, San Jose Dance Theatre celebrated the golden anniversary of San Jose’s original and esteemed production of “The Nutcracker.”