About City Ballet of San Diego

Since 1993, City Ballet of San Diego has thrived under the artistic direction of Steven Wistrich, the choreography of Elizabeth Wistrich, and general management of Jo Anne Emery. These three individuals have guided City Ballet and together have achieved a high level of artistic competence and success.

Elizabeth Wistrich, our Resident Choreographer, is an accomplished, award-winning choreographer with over 60 ballets in her repertoire ranging from short pieces to full-length works, from contemporary to classical. We proudly offer a full season of concerts at our home theater, the historical Spreckels Theatre, as well as education and community programs, all devoted to the advancement of ballet as a major art form in San Diego.

We at City Ballet of San Diego commit ourselves to the same high standards for performances, artistic achievement and ballet education as other renowned ballet companies throughout the world. And as the major presenter of George Balanchine ballet in Southern California we now have 19 of his ballets in our repertoire.

City Ballet’s education programs reach over 10,000 school children annually offering in-theater performances and all-school assemblies. All of City Ballet’s education programs such as our “Discover a Dancer” program, an in-depth residency program for at risk youth, are funded in part by generous donations to City Ballet’s Education Fund.

National publications, such as Dance Magazine, Pointe Magazine and Dance Teacher Magazine have published feature articles on City Ballet and our directors and we continually receive outstanding critical reviews and articles from local publications such as the San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego Magazine, San Diego Pacific Magazine, San Diego Story and the international online publication Ballet.co.uk.