RELEASES & MEDIA COVERAGE
Diablo Ballet Does Balanchine
The Huffington Post - May 5, 2013
Diablo Ballet's Balanchine and Beyond
San Francisco Chronicle - May 7, 2013
Diablo Ballet is featured in the SF Chronicle's "Top Ten" Best of Dance 2012
San Francisco Chronicle - December 30, 2012
Diablo Ballet's truly swingin' this holiday season
San Francisco Chronicle - November 19, 2012
Eclectic Mix Springs to Life
San Francisco Chronicle - May 7, 2012
Diablo Ballet 18th Season Swiftness and Gusto
San Francisco Chronicle - November 21, 2011
"Inside the Dancer's Studio" - Building lifelong support for the arts
Dance Commentary by Heather Desaulniers - May 7, 2011
Diablo Ballet 17th Season abuzz with excitement
Dance Commentary by Heather Desaulniers - Oct 15, 2010
Intimate venue suits Diablo Ballet
San Francisco Chronicle - May 12, 2010
Diablo Ballet opens on solid ground
San Francisco Chronicle - November 24, 2009
Diablo Ballet soaring this season
Contra Costa Times - March 30, 1995
MORE ABOUT DIABLO BALLET
“Diablo Ballet is a prize above rubies. With excellent dancers and an interesting repertory, it is worth a trip across the Bay,” San Francisco Magazine has noted. Once calling it “the best suburban troupe in the state,” the San Francisco Chronicle has also noted that “Diablo Ballet deserves continuing applause for creating a home for experienced dancers and emerging choreographers.” As well, the company has been praised by the Los Angeles Times as “a major discovery” and named “Best Company” at BalletFest in 2000.
Diablo Ballet helped place Walnut Creek on the international dance map when it was the only American company invited to perform at Bangkok’s 7th International Music and Dance Festival in October 2005, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Thailand. Multi-cultural in its composition, Diablo Ballet under Artistic Director Lauren Jonas consists of ten dancers who have graced the ranks of such prestigious companies as Bavarian National Ballet, Ballet Cali (Colombia), Nationa Ballet of Caracas, San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet and Miami City Ballet.
One of the Lesher Center for the Arts’ cornerstone performing arts companies, Diablo has also appeared frequently at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, as well as toured throughout the West Coast. Among its unique contributions to the Contra Costa community are Diablo Ballet's PEEK, Apprentice, and Intermediate Programs.
By bringing dance back to our public schools, the PEEK Program has touched thousands of children who would otherwise have little or no exposure to dance – not only as an art form, but as a way to express themselves creatively and physically. Outside the classroom, the project’s Theater Encounter program allows under-served children, many of whom have never stepped foot into a professional theater, to experience a real dance production at no cost. Hundreds of young children are bused to the Lesher Center for the Arts each year for this special experience. Teachers, parents, and community leaders have praised the Dance Development Program for the way it has engaged, motivated and inspired so many children in our region.