In 1955, Miss Jan Collum founded The Jan Collum School of Classical Ballet to impart excellent classical ballet instruction, and The Concert Ballet Group of Tacoma to offer dancers, who achieved a certain level of classical technique, artistry, and professionalism, the opportunity to perform in the specialized atmosphere of a professional theater with an orchestra. The Concert Ballet Group of Tacoma began with six dancers that soon blossomed into thirty.
In 1965, The Concert Ballet Group of Tacoma was renamed BALLETACOMA in order to be established as a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation. For the next thirty years BALLETACOMA, under the Artistic Direction of Miss Jan Collum, forged a local, regional, and national reputation for excellence in classical ballet instruction and performance. By 1983, BALLETACOMA began performing The Nutcracker in the newly renovated Pantages Theater accompanied by the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Edward Sefarian.
For the third time in 1995, BALLETACOMA was re-christened Tacoma City Ballet combining both the School and the Company under a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation. Since 1983, both the Ballet School and Company have been housed in The Merlino Art Center located at 6th and Fawcett in downtown Tacoma. The Jan Collum Ballroom, a spacious ballroom with high ceilings, beautiful Palladian windows, decorative plaster moldings gilded in 24 carat gold, and sprung hardwood floors, is one of the historic crown jewels of our city. Here in this beautiful facility that serves as Tacoma City Ballet School and The Jan Collum Ballroom Theater dancers study, rehearse, and perform the art of classical ballet in spacious old-world elegance.
Tacoma City Ballet has presented an annual performance season since 1955. The 2017-2018 Season features The Haunted Theatre in October at the Jan Collum Ballroom Theater, The Nutcracker & The Tale of The Hard Nut in December, and Cinderella in April at the Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center. Tacoma City Ballet celebrates its 62nd Performance Season proudly preserving and perpetuating a legacy filled with a rich history that has touched thousands with the beauty of the classical art of ballet.
Dracula: The Romantic Ballet
Reflecting the legendary story of Vlad the Impaler, the Transylvanian Count Dracula, Tacoma City Ballet's Dracula, an original ballet fashioned from this classic tale, will premier this October featuring fabulous dancers, a brilliant musical score, opulent scenery and luxurious costumes. Dracula is suitable for all ages, and the perfect addition to your celebration of Halloween.
Friday, October 26, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 2:00 pm
Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 2:00 pm
The Nutcracker and the Tale of the Hard Nut
The Nutcracker & The Tale of the Hard Nut, a timeless holiday classic, first presented in 1892 in St. Petersburg, has entertained generations for well over a century. The story of The Nutcracker, now told in its entirety with the addition of The Tale of the Hard Nut, is presented alongside the traditional Russian The Nutcracker that features the historical scenery and costumes first seen by audiences in 1892. Tacoma City Ballet created a glorious production filled with spectacular dancing, live orchestral music, grand scenery, and lavish costumes which will enchant your entire family this holiday season. Experience the wonder and magic of the magnificent The Nutcracker & The Tale of the Hard Nut–one of a kind!
Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 2:00 pm - (1:00 pm Sugar Plum Tea tickets available soon!)
Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 2:00 pm - (1:00 pm Sugar Plum Tea tickets available soon!)
Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Friday, December 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 2:00 pm - (1:00 pm Sugar Plum Tea tickets available soon!)
Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 2:00 pm - (1:00 pm Sugar Plum Tea tickets available soon!)
Tacoma city ballet’s Pinocchio. Fashioned from the original tale written by Carlo Collodi in 1883, is a delightful ballet perfect for the whole family. Come and share Pinocchio’s adventurous journey as be becomes a “Real Live Boy,” and discover those things in life that really are important. With marvelous dancing, gorgeous ballet music written by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, and adorable scenery and costumes, Pinocchio will surely become your new favorite ballet!
Friday, March 22, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 2:00 pm