Tacoma City Ballet
In 1955, Miss Jan Collum founded The Jan Collum School of Classical Ballet to impart excellent classical balletinstruction, and The Concert Ballet Group of Tacoma to offer dancers, who achieved a certain level of classical technique, artistry, and professionalism, the opportunity to perform in the specialized atmosphere of a professional theater with an orchestra. The Concert Ballet Group of Tacoma began with six dancers that soon blossomed into thirty.
In 1965, The Concert Ballet Group of Tacoma was renamed BALLETACOMA in order to be established as a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation. For the next thirty years BALLETACOMA, under the Artistic Direction of Miss Jan Collum, forged a local, regional, and national reputation for excellence in classical ballet instruction and performance. By 1983, BALLETACOMA began performing The Nutcracker in the newly renovated Pantages Theater accompanied by the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Edward Sefarian.
For the third time in 1995, BALLETACOMA was re-christened Tacoma City Ballet combining both the School and the Company under a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation. Since 1983, both the Ballet School and Company have been housed in The Merlino Art Center located at 6th and Fawcett in downtown Tacoma. The Jan Collum Ballroom, a spacious ballroom with high ceilings, beautiful Palladian windows, decorative plaster moldings gilded in 24 carat gold, and sprung hardwood floors, is one of the historic crown jewels of our city. Here in this beautiful facility that serves as Tacoma City Ballet School and The Jan Collum Ballroom Theater dancers study, rehearse, and perform the art of classical ballet in spacious old-world elegance.
Tacoma City Ballet has presented an annual performance season since 1955. The 2017-2018 Season features The Haunted Theatre in October at the Jan Collum Ballroom Theater, The Nutcracker & The Tale of The Hard Nut in December, and Cinderella in April at the Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center. Tacoma City Ballet celebrates its 62nd Performance Season proudly preserving and perpetuating a legacy filled with a rich history that has touched thousands with the beauty of the classical art of ballet.