This one-time a year event has become a regular fixture for our community of family and friends. Rather than a full program of performances, the people of Diablo Ballet have crafted an exciting and celebratory blend of film, slide show, live music, awards, commendations, and live performances of classics from the repertory as well as a work new to the company.

While the live ballets –of which, Val Caniparoli’s “Tears from Above,” a work commissioned by Diablo Ballet in 2011, was my personal highlight — are central to the company’s mission, the other components are important in helping us remember the amazing journey and adventure that is Diablo Ballet, a small but highly professional ballet troupe that for 22 years has been thriving amongst a sea of competition.

We can be very proud of Lauren Jonas for being at its artistic helm.