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News | How One Company Navigates the Messy Ballet World

Carla Escoda | February 2018

The ballet world is highly stratified, however, there are small companies that quietly thrive — as if occupying a separate ecosystem. On the threshold of the 24th season of Diablo Ballet, I spoke with co-founder and artistic director Lauren Jonas about the phenomenon.

Review | Diablo Ballet “A Swingin’ Holiday and More”

By Bryn Namavari | November 2017

A sprightly and spry revue with its brightly colored costumes (Cynthia Sarmiento), lively accompaniment from Greg Sudmeier with the Diablo Ballet Swing Orchestra, and playful choreography, this piece continues to be a surefire way to mark the beginning of the holiday season.

Review | Dance Commentary by Heather Desaulniers: Diablo Ballet

By Heather Desaulniers | October 2017

An emotive, contemporary duet that charmed with a universal parable. A chamber work replete with neoclassical speed and musicality. A fun-filled, energetic ensemble dance to welcome the coming holiday season. What a well-crafted program to kick off Diablo Ballet’s twenty-fourth year!

News | Big Love for Diablo Ballet Artistic Director

By Claudia Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle | April 2017

People love to talk about Lauren Jonas behind her back. They describe the Diablo Ballet co-founder and artistic director using words like “nurturing,” “generous,” “incredible.”

News | Diablo Ballet Dancers Reach Out To Incarcerated Teens

By Jennifer Modenessi, Bay Area News Group | January 2016

With the help of a California Arts Council grant, Jonas and Stegge are teaching movement classes to juvenile offenders in a bid to give them new and positive ways to express themselves — and maybe even help them stay out of juvenile hall. The teens — ages 15 to 18 — meet weekly with the dancers and learn how to turn their emotions into movement.