History

Kathleen Noblin founded the Ballet Ventura School, now renamed the Ballet Academy Ventura, in 1992. The Ventura County Ballet Company, in residence at the school, is the non-profit performing arm. The school, which teaches Russian style ballet based on the Vaganova curriculum, has established itself as  an outstanding center for the training of young students. The students are accepted into the most prestigious ballet company summer programs such as American Ballet Theater,  Pacific Northwest and San Francisco Ballet Company and Ajkun Ballet Repertory Theatre, and given acceptances and scholarships to many outstanding university programs like Columbia University, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.

Ballet Academy Ventura provides a complete ballet program from the earliest Pre ballet level- three years old, through Pre-Professional and adult. Instruction is offered at the recreational and pre-professional training level. The school has outstanding adult classes at the beginning and intermediate levels.

Ballet Academy Ventura’s goal is to instill in each student a love of ballet, and a desire for excellence and feeling of beauty. The school’s philosophy is that every student should receive the same attention whether they are to be the stars of tomorrow, the scholar at the university or any other member of society. They are taught to feel good about themselves and special in every way. This ballet school is a place where the child attending receives excellent ballet training, and nurturing for their inner self. We pride ourselves on employing a wonderful, proven staff of instructors who support our philosophy and goal. They bring their expertise to the classroom in a warm and loving manner. Our instructors have been trained in the Czech Republic, Russia and the United States.

The school was successfully associated with the Channel Islands Ballet Company from 1992-1998 which provided the company with the dancers and support for their annual productions of the Nutcracker and their Spring Concerts. Seeking a new and different artistic vision Ms. Noblin co-founded the Ventura County Ballet Company in 1998 with a goal to provide the community with the most prestigious youth-based ballet company and to reach audiences countywide. These goals are being accomplished. Ms. Noblin has served as executive director of this company since the founding.

The Ventura County Ballet Company, which is in residence at the Ballet Academy Ventura School, presents two annual productions of The Nutcracker and Spring Ballet at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. The productions feature students from the Ballet Academy Ventura.

These opportunities provide students with a wealth of experience and knowledge. The productions are family oriented and families are encouraged to participate in the production process. The Ventura County Ballet Company provides an Elementary Dance Education Program to the community and offers ballet instruction for foster youth.