Cardinal Ballet Company (CBC) is an enthusiastic group of classically-trained dancers who love to perform. Founded in 1993 by Julia Ball-Dugan and Jennifer Mott and formerly known as Stanford Ballet, the group is Stanford University’s first ballet company. CBC is committed to enhancing the Stanford community by encouraging students to participate in or attend dance performances.

Our members come from a variety of backgrounds, some having trained in small schools, and others having performed in professional companies. CBC puts on two shows a year: Nutcracker in the fall and Cardinal Dance Fusion in the spring. We have also performed in a variety of other venues, including Stanford Dance Marathon and Viennese Ball. Members are encouraged to take the Advanced Ballet class through Stanford's Dance Department, as well as participate in and organize pointe, pas de deux, and variation workshops throughout the year.

We love ProFros!

Congratulations, prospective freshmen and new graduate students! We're happy to answer any questions you have about continuing ballet at Stanford. If you'll be visiting for admit weekend, look for our booth at the Admit Weekend Activities Fair in White Plaza from 12:00-2:00 on Friday, April 28. Also don't miss our performance at the Admit Weekend Dance Expo on Friday, April 28! Interested dancers can also come to Advanced Ballet with Alex Ketley, offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30-6:00 in Roble 115. Cardinal Ballet members will be in the class and will be happy to talk to you!


Jessica Tam

Chemical Engineering, 2017

Jackson Jirard

Artistic Director
Philosophy, 2017

Madelaine Graber

Artistic Director
Psychology and Slavic Languages and Literature, 2018

Jessica Fry

Performance Coordinator
Physics and Theater and Performance Studies, 2019

Michelle Lam

Marketing Coordinator
Computer Science, 2018

Rebecca Wong

Marketing Coordinator
Electrical Engineering, 2019

Nathan Pan-Doh

Social Coordinator
Chemical Engineering, 2019

Grace Kasten

Financial Coordinator
Undeclared, 2019

Emma Dauterman

Media Coordinator
Computer Science, 2018

Alli Armstrong

Costume Coordinator
Undeclared, 2019

Michelle Ramseier

Chemical Engineering, 2017

Tessa Eckley

Biology, 2017

Helen Thomaides

English, 2017

Andrew Beckman

Symbolic Systems, 2017

Dru Brenner

Human Biology, 2017

Nicole Wein

Computer Science, PhD Student

Bernardo Ramos

Finance, PhD Student

Claire Huang

Underclared, 2020

Dylan Sherman

Undeclared, 2020

Sabrina Kuta

Undeclared, 2020

Sammy Loui

Undeclared, 2020

Michelle Lu

Product Design, 2019


View some videos from Nutcracker 2016! Watch our entire Nutcracker show here.

Looking for more? See our Youtube channel here.


View some photos from our past performances!

Performance photographs courtesy of Alvaro Ponce, Nick Salazar, and Frank Chen. Rehearsal and social event photographs courtesy of Stephanie Hsiang and Emma Dauterman.

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