The company was founded in 1985 as a Texas non-profit organization by Mayra Worthen and Melissa Hale under the name Texas Ballet Concerto. In 1991, the company took its current name, Ballet San Antonio, to reinforce its unwavering commitment to its home city.
Since the early days of Ballet San Antonio, the company has been devoted to creating and presenting top-quality works. In 2011, Ballet San Antonio presented the premiere of Dracula, choreographed by Artistic Director Gabriel Zertuche, which was called ”a big undertaking and a big accomplishment” by the San Antonio Express-News.
Ballet San Antonio’s signature outreach and arts education program, Learning That Moves You, was created in 2005. Piloted by the Texas Commission on the Arts, Learning That Moves You has allowed Ballet San Antonio to send dancers into schools to present engaging performances with accompanying lectures.
Today, Ballet San Antonio attracts dancers and staff from all over the world, including international ballet competition winners and artists that have performed with some of the world’s most renowned companies.
The company has also been expanding both its repertoire and its artistic collaborations with arts organizations, such as the San Antonio Symphony, SOLI Chamber Ensemble, ARTS San Antonio, among others. Since 2008, Ballet San Antonio has performed critically acclaimed contemporary pieces in productions including Love Triangle with SOLI, part of the 2013 San Antonio Symphony’s Brahms Festival and Off Center (2008-2012). In addition, Ballet San Antonio has increasingly featured works by a variety of local and national choreographers.
In the 2013-2014 season, as final preparations are made to become the resident ballet company of the future Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, Ballet San Antonio will present Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, Gabriel Zertuche’s The Nutcracker and Firebird.