State Street Ballet
Santa Barbara, CA

Rodney Gustafson & William Soleau – Artistic Directors
Classical and Contemporary Dance
Full-length, evening-length, and repertory programs available
18 dancers

Residencies and Outreach Opportunities Available


State Street Ballet, founded in 1994, is an internationally acclaimed dance company based in Santa Barbara, CA under the bi-coastal artistic direction of Rodney Gustafson and William Soleau. It is a pioneering collaborative that employs dancers from around the world, consistently striving for new and innovative artistic opportunities that serve a broad, diverse audience. Each season is dedicated to bringing the highest standards of artistry to tried and true classical favorites, plus original new works that reflect the contemporary nature and talent of the ensemble. The company is comprised of 18 dancers representing five countries.

Choreographers whose works have been performed by State Street Ballet include Robert Battle, Autumn Eckman, Kevin Jenkins, Gina Patterson, Peter Pucci, Margo Sappington, Kassandra Taylor Newberry, Josie Walsh, and Edgar Zendejas, as well as the legendary Agnes de Mille and George Balanchine. Visionary new works draw from a team of resident choreographers including Artistic Directors Rodney Gustafson (The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Romeo & Juliet) and William Soleau (Carmen, An American Tango, Carmina Burana).

State Street Ballet values artistic collaborations and arts outreach opportunities, and is committed to enriching every community they perform in, large or small. The company’s mission is to make dance accessible to all, by breaking down barriers to inclusion and equality. Inspiring future generations and reaching a broader, more diverse audience is consistently a priority.

State Street Ballet tours both nationally and internationally, boasting a 90% rebooking rate, rave reviews, and standing ovations from coast to coast. In 2015, the company embarked on a nine-week tour throughout China, performing Beauty and the Beast in 25 different cities, and the summer of 2017 brought the company an invitation to perform at the International Ballet Gala in Santiago, Chile, showcasing the versatility of our repertoire and dancers. Current touring productions currently include Chaplin, The Nutcracker, Ballroom, The Jungle Book, and Carmen.


Beautiful and thought-provoking dance. Truly a not-to-be-missed company!
- Joseph Wasson, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM

Heartfelt and visually appealing….. One of America’s vibrant, chamber ballet companies.
- Steven Woodruff,

State Street Ballet is proving that ballet is alive and kicking in Southern California.
- Victoria Looseleaf, Los Angeles Times

..full-throttle modern choreography in the service of narrative art.
- Charles Donelan, Santa Barbara Independent

Dancing that defies the conventional notions of ballet
- Alci Rengifo, The Corsair

The Jungle Book is sure to be a crowd-pleaser wherever it goes!
- Margo Kline,

Bright, virtuosic, people-pleasing ballets.
- Jennifer Fisher, Los Angeles Times

Perfection in conception and execution…. Art that devastates the senses.
- Daniel Kepl, Santa Barbara News-Press

Here is a company of dancers looking beyond Balanchine and European “du jour” choreography and building a repertory that is entirely their own.
- Steven Woodruff,