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 provide
the youth of the greater Bay Area the rare
opportunity to perform in a professional venue, while being mentored by
dancers from around the world.
Center for the Performing Arts
Our goal for the 45th annual production of
the Nutcracker is to collaborate with the
Silicon Valley Symphony
bringing live music back to the performance
The costs associated with providing live music
is $20,000.00, we are currently soliciting
corporate sponsors and private donors to raise
the funds. Both San Jose Dance Theatre and
the Silicon Valley Symphony are 501c non-profit
organizations. All donors will be acknowledged in
the performance program. Sponsors will be
included in all of our advertising and publicity
publications, including the marquee located on
the corner of W. San Carlos and Almaden Avenue in
Downtown San Jose.
San Jose Dance Theatre’s Mission
is to develop, foster, and promote
the Art of dance for young people
in Silicon Valley.
Any and all donations would be greatly appreciated
If you are interested providing financial support
for this wonderful Holiday tradition, please
contact our Board of Directors.