• History

    Inland Pacific Ballet’s Founder/Artistic Directors are Victoria Koenig and Kevin Myers. Both are southern California natives and bring a wealth of experience to their visionary leadership of this young Company. In just years they have built Inland Pacific Ballet into the premier ballet company in the region, enjoying critical acclaim while performing the largest and most varied repertoire in the area. The Company’s repertoire includes such classics as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Les Sylphides, Graduation Ball and Swan Lake Act II. Full length classical masterpieces include Giselle, Coppélia and a lavish production of The Nutcracker. Contemporary classics include masterpieces by the legendary George Balanchine including Serenade, Concerto Barocco and Who Cares? and a growing body of original work which includes creative adaptations of much loved stories such as The Little Mermaid, Cinderella and Dracula.

    While the Company is based in the Inland Empire and performs its home season from October to May as Company in Residence at the Bridges Auditorium in Claremont, Inland Pacific Ballet serves a far-reaching audience from Redlands to Los Angeles. Festival programs such as the Redlands Bowl Music Festival, Balletfest and Dance Kaleidoscope have allowed the Company to reach an ever-expanding regional audience. Regional touring has included the Luckman Fine Arts Complex in Los Angeles, the Civic Arts Plaza in Thousand Oaks, the Haugh Performing Arts Center in Glendora, The Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga, the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, and the Annenberg Theater in Palm Desert. In 2009 the Company embarked on its first national tour, performing at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts in Amarillo, Texas.

    "Top-notch imaginative sets, gorgeous costumes, memorable characters, artistic choreography, sophisticated showmanship."
    Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

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Mission

Inland Pacific Ballet's mission is to build and sustain a professional ballet company of national stature in the Inland Empire of Southern California. The Company is committed to producing exquisitely staged productions of full-length classic story ballets as well as presenting the best in contemporary choreography. Through creative marketing and an extensive Educational Outreach Program, Inland Pacific Ballet strives to introduce new audiences to the magic of ballet, and to make the experience more available and accessible to all. The Company is also committed to the nurturing of new talent and provides an essential training ground for serious young dancers.

IPB's pioneering audience development work has resulted in an exponential increase in annual attendance – from 3,000 in 1995 to a current average of 20,000, making the Company the fastest growing arts organization in the region. Inland Pacific Ballet's performances are an introduction to the arts and live theater for many members of our community.

"Marked with exuberant energy" Dance Magazine

"Superb freshness and clarity!" Los Angeles Times

Voted Best Dance Company by Inland Empire Magazine

"Completely joyous, the company sparkled!" Riverside Press Enterprise

"Visually stunning" Inland Valley Daily Bulletin