Past Performances

Nutcracker - Winter 2011

December 3-4, 2011

Photography by Bill Friend

Paquita Variations

June 11-12, 2011

Music: Ludwig Minkus
Staging: Olivier Wecxsteen

Paquita is a ballet in two acts and three scenes. Originally choreographed by Joseph Mazilier to the music of Edouard Deldevez. First presented by the Paris Opera Ballet on 1 April 1846. In 1847, Paquita was staged for the first time in Russia for the Imperial Ballet of St. Petersburg by Marius Petipa and Pierre-Frédéric Malevergne, being the first work ever staged by Petipa in Russia. In 1881 Petipa produced a revival of the ballet for which he added new pieces specially composed by Ludwig Minkus. This included the Pas de trois (a.k.a. the Minkus Pas de trois or Paquita Pas de trois) for the first act, and the Paquita Grand pas classique and the Mazurka des enfants (Children's mazurka) for the last act. Petipa's version of Paquita was retained in the repertory of the Mariinsky Theatre until 1926. Marius Petipa's 1881 additions for Paquita survived long after the full-length ballet left the stage. Today these pieces, particularly the Pas Grand pas classique, are major cornerstones of the traditional classical ballet repertory, and have been staged by ballet companies throughout the world. In 2001, the Ballet Master Pierre Lacotte produced a revival of full-length, two-act Paquita for the Paris Opera Ballet.

Dancin Downtown

May 1, 2011

sjDANCEco's Dancin Downtown from San Jose Youth Ballet on Vimeo.

Nutcracker - Winter 2010

December 11-12, 2010

Photography by Bill Friend

Children’s Discovery Museum

Nov, 2010

Two special performances of excerpts from the 2010 SJYB Nutcracker at the San Jose Children’s Discovery Museum for approximately 300 museum patrons to promote and educate on youth performance art in San Jose.