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Sacramento ballet O utstanding repertory, renowned dancers, successful dance school, launch pad for talent, and delighted audiences – all facets of the Sacramento Ballet thanks to the skills and passion of co-artistic directors, Ron Cunningham and Carinne Binda. Ron and Carinne brought world- class credentials to the Sacramento Ballet in the late 1980s. Ron had been a principal dancer and resident choreographer for the Boston Ballet and Carinne a soloist and ballet mistress. A prolific choreographer, Ron’s work has been acclaimed throughout America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Carinne was the personal assistant to artistic director and legendary ballerina, Violette Verdy, and ballet mistress for Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote and Swan Lake. Sharing a common vision, the husband and wife team have built a company of national recognition. Their extensive repertory, which includes 18 masterworks from George Balanchine and cutting edge works from the most sought-after choreographers today, attracts dancers from all over the world. Ron has created or re-staged more than 50 of his works such as Carmina Burana, Romeo & Juliet, The Great Gatsby, Peter Pan, Etosha, The Rite of Spring and many others that regularly command standing ovations. Highly regarded as a master teacher and coach, Carinne’s brilliant eye brings excellence and vibrancy to every production. Boasting more than 400 students, the School of the Sacramento Ballet was founded and developed under her watchful eye. Ron Cunningham's Nutcracker, the “Crown Jewel of Holiday Tradition,” boasts more than 500 children from a wide diversity of backgrounds throughout the greater Sacramento area. The pair’s savvy creation of Beer & Ballet – informal, experimental SACBALLET.ORG THREE DECADES OF ARTISTIC SUCCESS performances in their studio – helped demystify ballet for uninitiated audiences. The duo’s passion for community engagement, outreach, and a constant reinvention of itself through innovative programing and community inclusion is a tribute to their phenomenal success over the past three decades. PROFILE SPONSORED BY | 2017 CAPITAL REGION CARES 35