Sacramento Ballet Association Provides Update on Artistic Director Search

Robust Response to New Artistic Director Search
Newly Formed Artistic Director Search Advisory Committee to be led by
Sacramento Ballet Founder, Barbara Crockett

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

CONTACT: Doug Curley                                                                              
Telephone 916-732-3671


SACRAMENTO, CA – The Sacramento Ballet Association (SBA) today announced that the response to the search for the next Artistic Director of the Sacramento Ballet has been robust, with over 20 candidates from various parts of the United States and Europe currently under consideration.  The SBA also announced that a new advisory committee to the Board will assist with the review process and will be led by Sacramento Ballet founder, Barbara Crockett.

“We are happy to report that the response to our new Artistic Director search has been quite robust,” said Nancy Garton, Board President of the Sacramento Ballet Association.  “The serious interest from nearly two dozen, highly qualified candidates representing all parts of the United States and even Europe is an exciting proposition.”

With so many qualified candidates under consideration, and in an effort to select the best fit as the next Artistic Director, the SBA elected to establish an advisory committee to the Board to assist with the interview and review process of the candidates.  “The selection of the next Artistic Director is a job that the Board takes very seriously,” Garton continued.  “In an effort to properly consider the talented pool of candidates, the Board created an advisory committee that is composed of talented individuals that will advise the Board with our selection and I am proud to announce that our founder, Ms. Barbara Crockett, will lead the advisory committee.”

The Advisory Committee to the Board is composed the following individuals:

Barbara Crockett-Founder of the Sacramento Ballet
C.C. Conner-Executive Director Emeritus-Houston Ballet
Natalie Bancroft-Board Member, News Corporation, Opera Singer
Dennis Mangers-Arts Patron-Member of the Mayor’s Council on the Arts, Former California Assemblyman
Julia Feldman – Current Sacramento Ballet Dancer
Richard Porter – Current Sacramento Ballet Dancer
Lauryn Winterhalder – Current Sacramento Ballet Dancer
Joseph Mount-Arts Patron, Former Concert Promoter

Former professional ballet dancers:

Kevin Little
Jenny Gilmore De La Vega
Justine Pojanowski-Todd
Kirsten Bloom

“The support and assistance that the Board is receiving from these great individuals, without question, will greatly enhance the Board’s ability to select the best suited candidate that will allow the Sacramento Ballet to sustainably grow and flourish both locally and nationally,” Garton said.  “We are committed to keeping our patrons, community and stakeholders apprised on the selection process and will provide more information as we narrow our search,” Garton 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.

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 the tough economic times, 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.