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About Marin Ballet

The work in the studio is a process of discovery that is personal for each student at every age.

Cynthia Lucas, Artistic Director

Guided by the Artistic Director’s vision, Marin Ballet provides a standards-based dance education that equips committed students with the tools and vocabulary to perform to the best of their ability and to learn to collaborate with choreographers, musicians, teachers, and other dancers. Our students range in age from 3 to 18-year-olds.

Over 55 years of tradition binds generations of community members who have come together for the love of dance. Whether student, teacher, parent, audience member, artist, donor, or staffer, we are a passionate collective that finds joy in working together to explore, celebrate, and promote the art of ballet.

Provide excellent classical ballet training and education, and promote the art of dance.  Serve as a beacon of art in the community by investing in our facility to showcase the art form from training through performance.

Mission & Vision

The Marin Ballet syllabus informs the training process, complemented by an etiquette that informs relationships inside and outside the studio.

Classical Ballet

Coming together to dance is our passion!

What’s yours?

For The Fun of It

What Makes Us... Us

Thank you, Marin Ballet, for providing me with something that not many people my age get to experience……a certainty in one’s passion.

Krystina Morrill, 2018 Graduate Alumna

We offer professional-level training in a welcoming and engaging environment with a classical foundation from which young dancers can apply their knowledge and passion inside and outside the studios. It’s in the studio where excellence begins and a process of discipline and discovery continues.

Camaraderie, character, work-ethic, and increased self-esteem are lifelong by-products of the Marin Ballet experience. Our comprehensive ballet education, coupled with an authentic community culture, is reflected in our generations of alumni and their dedication to the art form.

I feel privileged to teach these wonderful children and be a part of their lives, no matter how long or short the time they study ballet.

Laurie Berryman Klein, MB Alumna & Faculty

Faculty is central to Marin Ballet’s standard of excellence. Hands-on, collaborative, responsive, and engaged define their commitment. Working in communication with parents and students, and supported by full-time staff, teachers are personally connected to students throughout each child’s years of training.

The lineage of MB professionals is diverse. From faculty who trained with founder Leona Norman, to dancers from around the world who retired from the stage to teach here with us, to working actors and musicians, to staff from the worlds of fashion, film, and education, all are dedicated to the mission of dance education.

What a wonderful weekend of shows…incredible dancers, inspirational choreographers, and great teachers!

Shannon Miller, MB Alumna Parent

Connecting process and performance mirrors the relationship between dancer and audience. Marin Ballet channels the work in the studio into performance opportunities that are both micro and macro; individual and communal; artist and general public. While dedicated to meeting dancers where they are in their training, MB creates professional-caliber production and audience experiences.

Staging a full-length Nutcracker each December at Marin Center is memorable for both cast and our local community. Spring Season performances provide exposure to new choreographic works, a mix of classical and contemporary ballet, Balanchine excerpts, and student works. Younger students benefit sharing the playbill with advanced dancers while audiences see first-hand the scope of the process.

Marin Ballet is truly a jewel of our community, a distinctive and critical part of the cultural fabric of Marin County.

Lawrence Ewing, Executive Director

Marin Ballet is fortunate to own its facility and to offer students of all ages a true training center for ballet. Six studios across two floors (four with pianos) range in size, and, when combined with a contemporary lobby renovation and dedicated ongoing maintenance/upgrades, our facility has become known as a hidden ‘community jewel.’

Our large upstairs studio, used daily for advanced training, transforms into the Phyllis Thelen Theater, a 120-seat black box stage for Spring Season performances and special events. Locker rooms and showers, a wardrobe shop, administrative offices, a garden patio, private apartment, and on-site parking complete our facility offerings.

I will always hear her words being whispered and repeated in my ear…use your time in the studio to the fullest, because time goes fast and you don’t want to waste a moment.

Zoe Simons - 2018 Grad Alumna

Marin Ballet was founded in 1963. Beginning with one extraordinary teacher, Leona Norman, together with a handful of students in her attic studio and a group of visionary patrons, MB grew to become a multi-generational community of dancers, advocates, and patrons of the art of dance. Today, in a six-studio facility dedicated to nurturing and showcasing the process of dance education, the artistic spirit thrives under the artistic direction of MB Alumna Cynthia Lucas.

Over the span of 55 years, alumni have gone on to dance professionally with companies throughout the world. Others carry the power of the art form with them into college and forward into other walks of life. The daily tenets of classical ballet training, combined with the challenge of exploring new choreographic work, bind generations of dancers…..and audiences. Marin Ballet’s paradigm of performance and dedication to the art form remains inspired and timeless.

Classical ballet is an art form from which the artistry of dancers is showcased on stage. From Spring performances of select repertoire to the beloved Nutcracker, and from Regional Festival to local community outReach, Marin Ballet’s students are exposed to, and share, a myriad of creative and collaborative performance opportunities each year. So do our audiences!

What People Say ?

It is so much fun to be able to dedicate so much effort into something, and finally perform it for the world to experience as well.

Olivia - Level 9 student

Why Choose Us ?

Ballet and the lessons we learn in the studio prepare us so well for the real world.  In my opinion, the work ethic of a dancer is incomparable.  We will work hours to see the slightest nuance of improvement in ourselves.

Samantha Allen - Alumna

What People Say ?

It was a wonderful night…..great performances!  It’s such a privilege to be a part of the Marin Ballet family……

Diana Nhuch - MB Parent Alum

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100 Elm Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
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