September 22, 2021

Long Beach Ballet

SUGARPLUM SOIREE GALA – Student Photo Contest 2021

Calling all current LBB dancers!  We’re looking for beautiful, creative, unique, inspiring photos featuring our students!

  • There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place photos
  • Our faculty will be the judges and winners will be announced at the end of the Gala.
  • Each student may enter one photo.
  • High resolution please as we will want to publish the winners and runners-up.


Important Dates

Wednesday, Sept. 22nd…………. Photo contest submissions begin

Tuesday, Oct. 5th………….. Photo contest submissions due by midnight


Submit your photo by using this link:  Sugarplum Soiree Student Photo Contest 2021

Winners will be announced at the Gala Event on October 8th!

Purchase tickets for the Gala now:  Sugarplum Soiree Gala Tickets

…and get your friends and family to join the Livestream event using your “family code” (if you don’t know your family code, you can find the list on the LBB website using “click-it.”)
Watch for details on how they can sign-on to the event through the LBB website.

August 13, 2021

REGISTRATION FOR 2021-22 YEAR – Please register by August 30th

To our LBB Families:

We hope that everyone had a wonderful summer!  Long Beach Ballet Academy had a busy summer with our continued Academy classes and hosting three summer programs!   Saturday, August 14th is the last day of classes before our Summer Break from August 15th through September 6th.


We are looking forward to an exciting 2021-22 year!  We’ll hit the ground running when the studio opens on Tuesday, September 7th, as we gear up for our Nutcracker Season.  The Nutcracker festivities will kick-off with our gala event the “Sugarplum Soiree” on Friday, October 8th at The Reef along the Long Beach Harbor shoreline.  All of the exciting details will follow shortly.

Each September, ALL continuing, returning, and new students register for the new season.  Besides the student registration form, we are asking all families to confirm/update their contact information.  Please complete the registration form by August 30th.


REGISTER your dancer by 8/30 using this link:
Registration Form

TUITION for Fall:  the tuition payment link on “click-it” will be available starting September 1st.

AUTOPAY Optional Automatic Tuition Payment Authorization Form:  if you wish to sign-up for automatic tuition payments beginning in September, please complete this form by 8/30:  Auto-Pay Form


Aug. 15-Sep.6 Summer Break – No classes
30 (Mon) DEADLINE to register for 2021-22 year.
All students (new, returning and continuing) complete registration form
Sep. 7 (Tue) Classes resume
13 (Mon) Last day to pay Sept. tuition*   Tuition deadline date is modified for Sept. only
18 (Sat) Nutcracker Participation sign-ups begin for registered students – 9:00 a.m.
30 (Thu) Deadline to sign-up for Nutcracker Participation 6:00 p.m.
Oct. 3 (Sun) Nutcracker Role Auditions for Children 3 & Academy levels
8 (Fri) “Sugarplum Soiree” Fall Fundraiser
9 (Sat) Nutcracker rehearsals begin for Children & Academy level cast
Tickets on sale to cast member families
11 (Mon) Nutcracker tickets on sale to general public
25-30 Online Watch Week

August 19, 2021

To LBB Academy Level 7 Students,

We are pleased to invite you to join the Long Beach Ballet Jr. Company for the 2021-22 Season!   We have an exciting Jr. Company season coming up and we hope that you will accept this invitation.

Rehearsals will begin in September – each Monday evening after class.


The 2021-22 Jr. Company season includes the following events and performances:

Friday, October 8th 2021 

Annual fundraiser at The Reef. 


December 14th – 19th, 2021

Stage rehearsals and performances of “The Nutcracker” at the Long Beach Terrace Theater. 


Saturday, February 12th, 2022

Showcase performance at Lakewood H.S. Auditorium.

Company and Jr. Company performance, YAGP and non-YAGP solos


March 3th – 5th, 2022 

Jr. Company will join the Company performance at the Pacific Visions Theatre in the Aquarium of the Pacific

“Guardians” and “Don Quixote” excerpt


The Jr. Company schedule will be:

Daily classes:  Monday-Friday 5:30-7:00 p.m. & Saturday 11:15-12:30 p.m.

Weekly rehearsal: Mondays 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Monthly Tuition for Jr. Company is $420.00 which includes regular class tuition & Jr. Company fee (September – February)*
See attached tuition policies for the different tuition options for Jr. Company.

I am excited about the coming season as we continue to grow as a company and academy and continue to be honored nation-wide for out outstanding performances.   Please respond to by August 30th to accept this invitation and confirm your position as a Jr. Company member for the 2021-22 Season.

Much love,

David Wilcox

Artistic Director, Long Beach Ballet

*tuition note — Since the Jr. Company season runs for 6-months, the pre-payment discount option is:

6 Months:  September 2021 – February 2022:  $2304.00 (tuition only is discounted – Jr. Company fee is not discounted)

<Tuition Policies 2021-22.pdf>

July 16, 2021

To our LBB Families,

According to the county of Los Angeles and City of Long Beach, all individuals must wear a face covering at all times when indoors.  This applies to the facilities at Long Beach Ballet.

All students must wear a face covering when entering the building, as well as during classes.


Thu. July, 15, 2021

Dear Long Beach Ballet Students in Academy Levels 5 through 8,

Previously we wrote to you about the Youth America Grand Prix competition.   Before we proceed with the selection process, we have exciting news to share!

For those students who are not ready or interested in the time and financial commitment of the YAGP competition, we are offering the opportunity to perform a solo variation, on stage and in costume, with a live audience!

A “Variations Class” will be held once a week beginning in September.  In this class, you will learn several classical variations.  The faculty will select the variation best suited for you to perform in the “Showcase Performance” in February (date TBA).  This performance will also feature a performance by the Senior Company (Academy Level 8) and a performance by the Junior Company (Academy Level 7).  YAGP competitors will also perform their variations in this performance.

There will be a very nominal tuition increase of $40 for the additional weekly “Variations Class” and a $25.00 performance fee.  Costumes are optional.  Students can provide their own costume or rent one from the Long Beach Ballet.

Classical Variations Class en pointe (must be taken in conjunction with the regular 5:30 class)

Academy 5/6  — Tuesday 7:00 – 8:00pm

Academy 7/8  —  Wednesday 7:00 – 8:00pm.

We hope that you will take advantage of this exciting new addition to the opportunities being offered to our upper-level students.


May 20, 2021

We are so proud of our dancers for working hard in classes and in rehearsals.  The performances will be so exciting on stage!

It was so fun to see our Swan Lake Cast in costume this past weekend.  See the Long Beach Ballet Academy Instagram page to see some of the dancers in their beautiful costumes!

With the last few rehearsals coming up, it is important that all dancers attend their rehearsals as we see the whole ballet coming together.  Here are important reminders/updates:


Tickets continue on sale now.  See your previous email with the current link to place an order.  Don’t be left out! Tickets may not be available to purchase on the performance days if sold out.


Saturday, May 22nd

Regular Saturdays rehearsals


Saturday, May 29th

Regular Saturday rehearsals


Monday, May 31st

Happy Memorial Day – no classes in session


Saturday, June 5th

Regular Saturday rehearsals


Sunday, June 6th

Full run-through rehearsal.  This is the last studio rehearsal where Mr. Wilcox will see the entire cast in rehearsal before the theater.

“Good Luck” grams will be for sale on this day until sold out.


Wednesday, June 9th – Sunday, June 13th
The studio is closed for theater week.   No classes.


Wednesday, June 9th-Friday, June 11th
Mandatory THEATER rehearsals.   Please review your dancer’s theater schedule and ask us if you have questions or need clarification.  See the Cast Member Handbook that was emailed to everyone and can also be found on the LBB website using “click-it.”


Saturday-Sunday, June 12th-13th
Swan Lake Performances!



Watch for your Ticket Order Confirmation email shortly.   All tickets will be available to pick up the last weekend of studio rehearsals – June 5th & June 6th.   Any tickets not picked up at the studio will be available at the Will Call window on the day of the performance.





April 29, 2021

To All Swan Lake Cast Families:

This is a reminder to download and use the Long Beach Ballet app on your phone.  App users will receive instant reminders and important news about upcoming Swan Lake events (ie. ticket sales, theater info., etc.)

Click on the following link to see a short video tutorial from Mr. Wilcox on how to download the app and set your custom notification groups:  Video: How to Download and Setup LBB App

Here’s a recap of the instructions:
  1. Go to your phone’s “store” and search for the Long Beach Ballet app.
  2. Download the app into your phone.
  3. From the app’s homepage, click the menu (3 lines) in the upper left corner.
  4. Choose “Notification Settings”
  5. Choose your notification groups:  (1) your dancer’s class level & (2) Swan Lake Cast
  6. Make sure that you enable your phone to receive notifications from the LBB app.

Now that you have the app, use it to submit the answer to the following Swan Lake trivia question and become eligible to WIN a fun Swan Lake-related prize.  (Select “Contact Us” on the App menu to submit your answer.)

Swan Lake Trivia Question:   How many feathers are on LBB’s Odette headpiece?

Those who submit the correct answer will be entered into a drawing to win their own personal Swan Lake Pinata party goods including:

  • *Odette Swan pinata
  • *Odile Swan pinata
  • *Candy
  • *Party paper goods

One answer/submission per dancer by the deadline May 5th.   The winner will be announced on May 6th.   Good luck!


Stay up-to-date by frequently reading your emails and using this app.   We don’t want anyone to miss important Swan Lake news!

Swan Lake 2021

Long Beach Ballet presents the world’s greatest ballet

-Swan Lake at the Irvine Barclay Theater.

Saturday and Sunday, June 12th and 13th, both shows at 2:00 p.m.

Due to limited seating, in-person tickets are only available to family members.  A four-camera live-stream will be available to the general public.  To order the live stream, visit

Long Beach Ballet’s sumptuous production of Swan Lake will feature a cast of 120, including Derek Drilon, current soloist with the Joffrey Ballet as the Prince;  Megan Wilcox, finalist at the 2013 Prix de Lausanne international ballet competition as Odette, and Hailey Pemberton, last featured as the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella as the Black Swan.

Long Beach Ballet is internationally recognized for their annual production of The Nutcracker, which was voted “America’s most beloved Nutcracker” in 2018 and 2019 by the national ticketing organization Goldstar.

Long Beach Ballet’s elaborate production of Swan Lake, which was last presented six years ago at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center, showcases over 200 costumes and 8,000 square feet of scenery.