As a dance education organization for over 30 years, we strive to passionately educate not only our dancers, but our community through affordable instruction and unique dance events and productions.
Chico Community Ballet is a pre-professional classical ballet company for dancers ages 6-22 who are chosen from yearly auditions to perform leading and core roles in a full-length ballet, a repertory concert, and various community service events.
Synthesis Dance Company
With a focus on urban dance styles, Synthesis Dance Company offers hip-hop, tap and jazz dancers ages 4 and above high-quality training in preparation for state-wide performances and competition opportunities.
Enrolled students have the opportunity to perform with their classes at the newly remodeled Center for the Arts theatre. Open auditions for the repertory concert and full-length ballet are also available.
Jake Bevens was a founding member of the Full Force Dance Company. Since then he has received summer scholarships with Miami City Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Anaheim Ballet. He has performed leading roles in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Twyla Tharp's Torrelli. In 2010, Mr. Bevens began studying at the EDGE Performing Arts Center, a prestigious dance studio in Hollywood, California. He has spent the last two years working for Tokyo Disneyland and currently lives in Los Angeles where he is working as a dancer in television and film.
Ashley Everett left Chico to join New York's Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. In 2007, she declined to continue her studies at Juilliard to join The Beyonce Experience tour as a back-up dancer. Since then Everett has worked continuously as a back-up dancer with Beyonce and other artists including Usher, Ne-Yo, and Ciara. Ashely is currently working and living in Los Angeles.
Photos by Rick Schaub
Christopher Rendall-Jackson danced with CCB for 10 years before becoming a an apprentice and corps dancer with the Boston Ballet and then a principal dancer at the Pittsburgh Ballet. Prior to obtaining a law degree from Harvard University, Mr. Rendall-Jackson had the opportunity to perform in leading roles in productions of Don Quixote, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Romeo et Juliette, and Alice and Wonderland. Currently residing in San Francisco, he and his wife Kaori Ogasawara continue to work and lead master classes for CCB company members.
Erin Parsley danced professionally with Ballet Chicago, Labayen Dance in San Francisco, and Felice Lesser in New York before finding her passion as a choreographer and dance instructor.
Currently living in San Francisco, Ms. Parsley continues to lead master classes and choreograph dance pieces for members of Chico Community Ballet.
Photo by Derek Ralston