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Review | Diablo Ballet is 24 years strong

by Terez Rose, The Classical Girl | March 2018

Diablo Ballet has done it again, and the company has never looked better. Wait. Didn’t I say that last year? But it’s true—last Thursday’s anniversary gala performance seemed to be presenting Diablo Ballet at its strongest, its most versatile.

News | Concord pianist writes film score for Diablo Ballet anniversary

by Janice de Jesus, East Bay Times | March 2018

“Film scores are never easy and always make me second-guess myself,” said Levitt, manager at Steinway & Sons in Walnut Creek. “At the same time they also stretch my creativity and force me to grow as a composer. As a result, the film gets the music I feel it deserves and I reach a new level of personal achievement.”

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.