Founding Director, Maxine Mahon in an early ballet class. 1970

Founded by Maxine Mahon in 1968, the California Ballet Company has been a fertile ground for the re-staging of the demanding classics and for the creation of its own trailblazing works. The company’s full and diverse repertory includes full-length classics, newer short and full-length story ballets, and new, contemporary ballets presented in seasons alongside classics.

California Ballet is the sole ballet company in residence at the San Diego Civic and Balboa Theatres.  Musicians from the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) provide California Ballet with a level of production unmatched in the local dance scene.

With the retirement of Founding Director Maxine Mahon and the appointment of Jared Nelson as Artistic Director in 2018, the company is experiencing a renewed focus and energy. The launch of Nelson’s inaugural 2018-2019 season brought an especially revitalized and energized company to both stage and studio. Expanded, more diverse, and impressively talented, the company artists have brought to life choreography that is both classic and new, perfectly echoing the mission of California Ballet as San Diego’s premier ballet company for over 50 years.

Artistic Director, Jared Nelson in company rehearsal. 2017

Coming this 2019 holiday season, California Ballet is thrilled to announce the world premiere of JARED NELSON’S

The Nutcracker

At the SAN DIEGO CIVIC THEATER, with music performed by the celebrated SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY. All-new choreography, live music, dazzling sets, and intricate costumes will come together on the Civic stage, taking audience members old and new through a magical journey with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince into the Land of Sweets. Join us on this magical adventure! Learn more & get a sneak peek of what’s in store