Sierra Nevada Ballet (SNB) Founding Artistic Director, Rosine Bena, and a group of dedicated and supportive dance devotees started SNB in March 2001. Rosine had been instrumental in the birth of dance events at Reno’s Wingfield Park in 1995-96 with “Ballet by the River.” Bena and the SNB Board saw a great need for quality dance productions and education in northern Nevada. The area had many dance schools but offered little opportunity for dancers to continue on in the professional arena.

Performing and Education Branches

SNB was founded in two branches: the Performing Branch and the Educational Branch. The Performing Branch features annual quality professional-level productions throughout the year. The Educational Branch includes instructional options such as the SNB Apprentice/Trainee Program; the SNB Academy; the Dancing in the Schools Program; the Educational Outreach Program; the New Choreography Program; and the Doral Academy Ballet Program.

SNB also partners with schools throughout northern Nevada including the University of Nevada Reno (UNR) School of the Arts, Washoe County, Douglas County Schools, and dance schools in Carson City, Incline, Fallon, Sparks, and Reno. Additional collaborations are in progress with Reno Little Theatre, the Pioneer Center For The Performing Arts, and the Reno Philharmonic.

America Ballet Theatre Affiliation

In 2008, SNB began a formal affiliation with America Ballet Theatre (ABT), the national ballet company for the U.S. Artistic Director Rosine Bena was one of the first Master Teachers to be fully certified in the ABT National Training Curriculum and acts as a Curriculum Ambassador.

SNB brought ABT II to perform in Reno on two different occasions and has offered several summer intensives featuring ABT Master Teachers.


SNB Performance Highlights

SNB company dancers have been featured with numerous organizations:

  • Artown Festival
  • Ballet Hispanico
  • Ballet San Jose’
  • Ballet Tucson
  • Bartley Ranch
  • Brewery Arts Center
  • Bruka Theater
  • Carson City Community Center
  • Carson City Symphony
  • Dance Retailer Magazine
  • Diablo Ballet
  • Joffrey Ballet
  • Montreux Golf Club
  • Nevada Arts Council- Dancing In The New Millennium
  • Nevada Museum of Art
  • Nevada Shakespeare Company
  • Nightingale String Quartet
  • Northern Nevada PRIDE
  • Oklahoma City Ballet
  • Peninsula Ballet Theatre
  • Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts
  • Pointe Magazine
  • Sacramento Ballet
  • San Francisco Ballet
  • Silver Legacy
  • Smuin Ballet
  • Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC)
  • Victorian Square Amphitheater


SNB Collaborations 

SNB company has collaborated with the following organizations:

  • American Ballet Theatre
  • Artown
  • Ballet San Jose’
  • Brewery Arts Center
  • Bruka Theater
  • Carson City Community Center
  • Churchill Arts Council
  • Dance Theatre of Harlem
  • Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
  • Nevada Museum of Art
  • Nevada Opera and Symphony
  • Northern Nevada PRIDE
  • Oklahoma City Ballet
  • Pioneer Center For Performing Arts
  • Pipers Opera House
  • Reno Jazz Orchestra
  • Reno Little Theater
  • Smuin Ballet
  • Sparks Holiday Festival
  • Western Nevada Performing Arts Center