The Ithaca Ballet, under the direction of Cindy Reid, is Upstate New York’s only repertory company and is the resident ballet company at the beautiful State Theatre in downtown Ithaca. Founded in 1961, it is also the oldest continuously performing arts group in Tompkins County. The Ithaca Ballet’s mission is sharing the art of classical dance with the widest audience possible in upstate New York. In its over 50 years of existence, the ballet has trained over 2,000 young people in the art of dance and enriched the lives of thousands more. The quality of instruction and performance experience provided by the ballet is of a caliber that alumni of the Ithaca Ballet have gone on to professional careers as professional dancers in prominent companies around the world, including American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey, the Joffrey Ballet, the Miami City Ballet, Merce Cunningham Company, and the San Francisco Ballet.
We perform four productions a year in the State Theater in downtown Ithaca and tour the Finger Lakes area. Our performances include dancers from our resident company, advanced guest children from the Ballet Center of Ithaca, as well as guest artists from around the United States.
Our Christmas Tree is Growing!
Clara and her fanciful friends in The Nutcracker will once again have a tree of their own to delight in Christmas morning. We’ve signed a contract with a company in Hollywood, California, to have a beautiful custom Christmas tree constructed in time for this year’s Nutcracker. The 32′ x 15′ expandable backdrop will feature a scenic painted 18.6′ tree with beautiful LED lighting and construction of the tree is underway. Thank you to all of our friends and supporters who helped to make this possible!
Ithaca Ballet will offer four showings of The Nutcracker:
- Sunday, 11/29 at 3:00 pm at the Smith Opera House in Geneva, NY, with the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra
- Friday, 12/11 at 7:30 pm at the State Theatre in Ithaca, NY, with the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra
- Saturday, 12/12 at 3:00 pm at the State Theatre
- Sunday, 12/13 at 3:00 pm at the State Theatre