Our Story


It all started when…

In 1993, Sanford Smith and Cindy Trueblood founded Bakersfield Civic Dance Company with the goal of providing local dancers the opportunity to further their dance training and extend their passion for the arts to the community. Twenty five years later the company now known as Bakersfield City Ballet remains dedicated to their vision.

Our mission is to be Bakersfield’s premier pre-professional ballet company by inspiring and enriching our community with performances and fostering a love for the arts in youth through dance.

We are committed to accomplishing this mission by making ballet accessible to the widest possible audience through annual performances, educational programs, the creative use of media, and other outreach efforts.