Mission & History
Through creative marketing and an extensive K-12 Education Program, IPB 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.
History & Repertoire
Contemporary classics include Beginnings (Choo San Goh/Berkeley), Rodeo (DeMille/Copeland) and masterpieces by the legendary George Balanchine, including Who Cares? (Gershwin), Concerto Barocco (J.S. Bach) and Serenade (Tchaikovsky).
A growing body of original work includes The Little Mermaid by Eric Skinner and Daniel Kirk, Dracula choreographed by Arturo Fernandez, Cinderella choreographed by Laurence Blake, and Beauty and the Beast choreographed by Clinton Rothwell.
A Young Person’s Guide to the Ballet is IPB’s signature educational program. Since 1995, more than 150,000 school children in grades from Preschool to High School have been introduced to the magic of ballet at morning performances. The lecture/demonstration format includes an introduction to stagecraft and dance with a live performance in a beautiful theater.
The popular and affordable Field Trip Program draws students from public, private, charter, and home schools from throughout the southern California region. YPGB has been supported by funders including The Haskell Fund, US Bank Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.