Ballet Pensacola is Pensacola’s only resident professional ballet company. The addition of full-time professional dancers to the ranks has enabled Ballet Pensacola to develop into a cultural cornerstone of the community. Not only do professional dancers enable important outreach programming, but they also serve as inspiration to the many student dancers who share the stage.
Ballet Pensacola presents several major performances each season including a fall performance, the Nutcracker and a critically acclaimed spring repertory concert. In addition, outreach performances are presented to more than 20 local schools each season, reaching more than 13,000 children.
The Ballet Pensacola Company is comprised of the aforementioned professional dancers along with talented student dancers selected through an audition. Youth Ensemble members are also selected from an audition. The Youth Ensemble provides an excellent opportunity for Company bound young dancers to develop their technique and stagecraft prior to encountering the rigors of full Company responsibility. Dancers, in Tech 5 and above, who are fully registered students, may audition to join the Ballet Pensacola Company and Youth Ensemble. Participation in Ballet Pensacola Company activities, rehearsals and performances is extracurricular to the student’s training.
Company members may appear in performances, as well as outreach activities and other events. Through participation in Ballet Pensacola Company, dancers learn the artistic qualities and stagecraft that are necessary to the development of the dance artist.