Under the direction of acclaimed dancer and respected instructor Jill Krutzkamp, Sacramento Ballet’s Second Company launched in 2022. Second Company consists of Trainee Project and SB2 artists. Trainee Project dancers are tuition-based and Sacramento Ballet awards SB2 dancers a full-year scholarship with a stipend.

We provide elite-level training in an inspiring, supportive and creative atmosphere, aiming to help dancers grow and gain the skills and confidence necessary for a career in professional dance.

Our program focuses on preparation for the daily life and expectations of a professional ballet company by refining dancers’ technique, performance, and collaboration skills. As a proving ground for pre-professional training, we select and choreograph distinctive programming and repertoire for our Second Company which is rehearsed and performed throughout the year.

Second Company training classes include Ballet Technique, Pointe, Variations, Men’s Class, Pas de Deux, and dance-specific conditioning classes. We prioritize our support for Second Company members, including workshops in behavioral health and wellbeing and career development assistance with professional coaches and our experienced staff.

Instructors include former professional dancers who have committed themselves to the next generation of dancers. They include our Second Company Director, Artistic Director of Sacramento Ballet and a full-time rehearsal director.

Dancers join our Second Company by audition.