Artistic Director Search Advisory Committee to Conclude Interviews in April

Sacramento Ballet Association Provides Second Update on Artistic Director Search
Artistic Director Search Advisory Committee to Conclude Interviews in April

Tuesday, March 28 , 2017

CONTACT:  Doug Curley
Telephone 916-732-3671

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Sacramento Ballet Association (SBA) today issued their second update on the search for the next Artistic Director of the Sacramento Ballet, and said that the interviews will conclude in April.  Following two months of advertising the position, over 30 diverse and highly qualified candidates from across the United States and several foreign countries have submitted their applications to the Sacramento Ballet’s Artistic Director Search Committee.

Barbara Crockett, Founder of the Sacramento Ballet, and Artistic Director Search Advisory Committee lead advisor, said “I am excited to participate in the selection of a new Artistic Director, especially given the many qualified candidates from across the country and around the world.”

The Committee noted that it continues to make strong progress and has conducted several first-round interviews that are expected to conclude in April.  Candidates include present and former principal dancers from major companies, award-winning choreographers, and experienced dance company administrators.  At the conclusion of the first round interviews, the top candidates as evaluated by the Search Committee, will advance to the final round for selection by the Board of Directors. The new Artistic Director will then be announced and assist in the transitioning of the company, leading it into the 2017-18 Season.

“The support and assistance that the Board is receiving from the Artistic Director Search Advisory Committee has been magnificent.  Without question, their assistance will ensure that the next artistic director will bring new vision, new vitality and new energy that will allow the Sacramento Ballet and the School of the Sacramento Ballet, to sustainably grow and flourish both locally and nationally,” said Nancy Garton, Board President of the Sacramento Ballet Association.  “As noted in our previous update, we are committed to keeping our patrons, community and stakeholders apprised on the selection process.”

Ms. Crockett also noted that the transition to a new artistic director should not overshadow the contributions of Ron Cunningham and Carinne Binda Cunningham.  “Through my role on the Search Advisory Committee, I support the Sacramento Ballet Board’s search for new artistic direction,” Crockett said.  “I recognize the leadership given by Ron and Carinne over the past 30 years, and appreciate their many contributions,” Crockett concluded.

About the Sacramento Ballet

The Sacramento Ballet was founded in 1954 by Barbara Crockett and Deane Crockett.  During Ms. Crockett’s tenure as Company Director, the Sacramento Ballet gained national recognition as one of the finest regional arts companies.  Through community support, the formation of the Ballet Guild, and grants from the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, California Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ballet was able to grow and begin to hire a resident company of professional dancers.  In 1986, having accomplished her goal of making The Sacramento Ballet a professional company, Ms. Crockett retired as the Company Director.

In 1988, Ron Cunningham was engaged as Artistic Director, and was joined by his wife Carinne Binda the following year.  The two became co-Artistic Directors in 1991, and through their leadership, the Sacramento Ballet Company has enjoyed substantial success and is now widely recognized as a leading arts organization.

While the company is highly regarded as a cultural asset to the community and consistently receives outstanding reviews for its artistic quality, tough economic times have had its impacts on the Ballet.  Notwithstanding those hardships, the Sacramento Ballet has taken a leadership role in outreach, education, community service and collaborative projects, and is without question a leader in arts education and outreach in the greater Sacramento region.

As the Sacramento Ballet prepares to celebrate its’ 63rd  Anniversary, the Company’s audience attendance has continued to increase steadily from an average of 15,000 in 1986 to an average of over 22,000 for each of the past four seasons.  The Sacramento Ballet is excited about the future and looks forward to remaining a staple for the arts in Sacramento and California for generations to come.

The Mission of the Sacramento Ballet

The mission of The Sacramento Ballet is to operate a professional resident ballet company for the Sacramento region with performances of the highest quality.  The artistic vision of the Ballet is dedicated to developing and sustaining an informed, enthusiastic and broad-based audience for dance and the performing arts, while increasing accessibility to the arts for the entire community.  The Sacramento Ballet’s Education and Outreach efforts have focused on working with students who are educationally at risk, and on providing encouragement, enrichment, and role models to Sacramento’s youth. The purpose of the Ballet has always been to entertain, educate, inspire, and engage audiences through the powerful vehicle of dance.