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Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre

Organization Mission

To inspire the community and create opportunities for young artists through the advancement of the art of ballet.

We provide inspiring performances to the public, as well as educate our audience and our dancers. We hold open auditions for company positions and major productions, such as The Nutcracker, an annual tradition.

The Big Idea 2022:
Outdoor Stage

Imagine being able to view ballet performances outdoors at various locations around the community! SCBT would like to construct an outdoor, portable stage that can be used for the safety of the audience and dancers alike. We would also make it available for use by other organizations — therefore, your contribution would supoort many local events.

The stage will be developed for longevity and flexibility so it will serve for 20 years or more. Strong construction includes a wood sub-floor, sport court overlay, and marley on top for a safe, danceable surface.

Thank you for considering our project.

The experience I was given performing with SCBT helped lay the foundation for my professional career in dance. The emphasis placed on learning new, contemporary choreography and movement, in addition to the classics, helps dancers prepare for the real work of dance, which is becoming more diverse and demanding all the time. I have nothing but gratitude for my time spent training at SCBT and The Studio, and credit my career to those teachers who helped me discover and develop my abilities as a dancer.

Gabriel Williams, former student of The Studio and SCBT Company dancer Dancer with Oakland Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, and the Trey McIntyre Project

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Santa Cruz Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Santa Cruz Gives! raised over $1.10 million for 82 local nonprofits in 2021.

SCGives! has now raised and contributed over $36 million dollars since its inception Seven years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 1,455 donors. We did it, together.

Santa Cruz Gives! 2022 campaign kicks off in early November


The 2022 Santa Cruz Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by Tuesday, September 7 and organizations will be notified of their application status Sept. 22-24. Santa Cruz Gives! 2022 campaign kicks off in early November.