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San Mateo's Peninsula Ballet Theatre Dance Company Nutcracker Ballet


San Mateo's Peninsula Ballet Theatre Dance Company offers a beautifully-staged and colorfully-costumed Nutcracker that audiences enjoy each year.

Peninsula Ballet Theatre prides itself on being the second oldest professional dance company in the Bay Area. In fact, the ballet company is the largest employer of professional theatre artists in the Bay Area (dance artists, musicians and production staff). It performs in venues throughout the Bay Area and East Bay, delighting audiences since its formation in 1967. The ballet school was founded by Dick Ford and Richard Gibson and in 1971 under new directorship, formed a permanent company that has grown to permanent staff of five full time equivalents. In 1999, our volunteer auxiliary produced the first Annual Sugar Plum Ball as a primary fundraiser. Permanent professional dancers were hired and a 45 piece orchestra was added to its Nutcracker production around 2000.

In the fall of 2004 Michael Lowe joined PBT as the Artistic Director, and Carlos Carvajal was Choreographer, Director Emeritus.


Artistic directors, Michael Lowe and Mario Alonzo, the live orchestra (conductor Chris Christensen) and the heart-warming feel of this professional dance performance makes Peninsula Ballet Theatre season a visual splendor from first curtain rise to final curtain call. The season begins with the traditional classic ballet The Nutcracker by Director Emeritis, Carlos Carvajal.   Performances can be seen in several venues in Pittsburg, CA  & San Mateo Performing Arts Center, San Mateo, CA