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HISTORY OF SAN JOSE' DANCE THEATRE The organization was founded in 1954 as Paul E. Curtis Jr.’s Los Gatos Academy of Dance and the West Valley Ballet Foundation. The name was later changed to San José Dance Theatre in 1966 and incorporated as a nonprofit educational organization in 1968. 

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  • HISTORY OF SAN JOSE' DANCE THEATRE

  • The organization was founded in 1954 as Paul E. Curtis Jr.’s Los Gatos Academy of Dance and the West Valley Ballet Foundation. The name was later changed to San José Dance Theatre in 1966 and incorporated as a nonprofit educational organization in 1968. 

  • The organization delighted local audiences over the past four decades with performances including Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast. San José Dance Theatre produced San José’s first complete version of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" in 1966 under the direction of founding directors and choreographers, Paul E. Curtis, Jr. and Shawn Stuart. It is the second longest running production in the Bay Area. Only San Francisco Ballet’s has a longer run. By open audition, dancers from over  20 schools in the area join professional dancers for parts in "The Nutcracker". This unique combination of local, regional and  national performers makes this production a tradition that is truly a celebration of our world community. 


San Jose Dance Theatre strives to providethe youth of the greater Bay Area the rareopportunity to perform in a professional venue, while being mentored by professional dancers from around the world.


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Our goal for the 45th annual production of the Nutcracker is to collaborate with theSilicon Valley Symphonybringing live music back to the performance


The costs associated with providing live musicis $20,000.00, we are currently soliciting corporate sponsors and private donors to raisethe funds. Both San Jose Dance Theatre andthe Silicon Valley Symphony are 501c non-profitorganizations. All donors will be acknowledged inthe performance program. Sponsors will beincluded in all of our advertising and publicitypublications, including the marquee located onthe corner of W. San Carlos and Almaden Avenue in Downtown San Jose.


San Jose Dance Theatre’s Missionis to develop, foster, and promotethe Art of dance for young people in Silicon Valley.Any and all donations would be greatly appreciatedIf you are interested providing financial support for this wonderful Holiday tradition, please contact our Board of Directors.(408) 286-9905


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